Only A True Basketball Fan Will Ace This Quiz

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Basketball is by far one of the most exciting sports in the world. Not only that... the sport has some pretty weird beginnings. For example, did you know that it was created by a man who treated illnesses? It also took ages for the sport to acquire its own special ball. Let’s not even mention that they used fruit baskets as hoops.

Needless to say, the game has evolved quite a bit since it's humble beginnings. It’s been elevated to the competition we know and love today. Time to show us how much you REALLY know about the sport. Can you tell us about its past and present? Find out in this quiz.

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1. What team does everyone think of when they hear "Michael Jordan"?

Lena Freeman /
  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Detroit Pistons
  3. Sacramento Kings
  4. Atlanta Hawks
In his career, Michael Jordan won six championships with the Bulls. This is where he played for most of his time in the NBA.
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2. Make a basket! Regular shots are worth how many points?

Oleksandr Osipov /
  1. Zero
  2. Seven
  3. Two
  4. Ten
In basketball, regular shots are worth two points. Free throws are worth one point each and three-pointers are worth, you guessed it, three points.
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3. The Celtics have more than 2.3 million fans! What New England city do they represent?

Michael Tipton /
  1. Worcester
  2. Boston
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Amherst
The Boston Celtics were so named for a number of really good reasons-- one was because the area is filled with Irishmen.
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4. Game on! During a match, each team has this many players on the court...

Dennis Yang /
  1. Eleven
  2. Five
  3. Fifteen
  4. Twenty
When basketball was first invented, each team had nine players on the court. Today, each team has five.
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5. Which college has won the most national championships?

Aspen Photo /
  1. Oxford University
  2. UCLA
  3. Faber University
  4. Hogwarts
UCLA has the most NCAA championships. Coach John Wooden led them for 10 of their 11 wins.
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6. Got fouled? Shoot a foul shot from the...

Aspen Photo /
  1. Goal Line
  2. Free throw line
  3. Corner
  4. Box
The foul -- or free throw line -- is 15 feet away from the backboard. That's not always an easy shot to make.
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7. Grab a missed shot, and that's called a:

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  1. Rebound
  2. Arc
  3. Header
  4. Center circle
In basketball, rebounds (or "boards") are awarded when a player gets the ball after a missed shot.
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8. A dinosaur is synonymous with Toronto's NBA team...

Michael Tipton /
  1. The Raptors
  2. The Nets
  3. The Blazers
  4. The Thunders
The Toronto Raptors may or may not have gotten their name because of the 1993 movie hit, Jurassic Park. We like to think they did.
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9. Hey, benchwarmer! If you're an "SG", you're a...

zhangjin_net /
  1. Super grouper
  2. Serving god
  3. Shooting guard
  4. Scuba giver
A shooting guard's job is to score points. These players are also tasked with stealing the ball from the other team's defense.
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10. Which "spicy" Golden Boy was the first MVP to be elected unanimously?

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  1. Steve Nash
  2. George Washington
  3. Steph Curry
  4. Bradd Pitt
Our hat's off to him! Steph Curry became the first-ever MVP in NBA history to be voted in unanimously. To date, no other player has been able to achieve this.
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11. Slam! Which of MJ's ("His Airness") shoes were banned by the NBA?

Maxim Apryatin /
  1. Air Jordans
  2. Chuck Taylors
  3. NMDs
  4. Yeezy Boosts
After Air Jordans were banned, Michael Jordan continued wearing them. He simply paid the fine after each game.
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12. Alright, Ref! To determine who gets the ball first, start the game off with a:

Erik Drost /
  1. Headbutt
  2. Spike
  3. Corner kick
  4. Tip-off
Tip-offs or jump balls are what start a game. Starting the game this way enables it to begin with even odds for both teams.
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13. Space Jam starred Michael Jordan and this Looney Tunes character...

Ava Williams /
  1. Pink Panther
  2. Homer Simpson
  3. Bugs Bunny
  4. Mickey Mouse
This live-action/animated movie was one of the best. It featured Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. A second film, starring LeBron James, is set to be released in 2021.
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14. What a bull! When an offensive player with the ball runs into a stationary defensive player, that's a:

Natursports /
  1. Run
  2. Shift
  3. Charge
  4. Kick
Be careful! Charging a player can be penalized with a a charging foul, especially if the defender falls over from the contact.
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15. Basketball was first played with a...

sportoakimirka /
  1. Tennis ball
  2. Volleyball
  3. Football
  4. Soccer ball
When basketball was invented, it was played with a soccer ball. Sorry basketball fans, soccer is older than basketball!
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16. These players are usually seen as leaders on the court:

Mark Gunn /
  1. Power rangers
  2. Throwers
  3. Point guards
  4. Sitters
Point guards are very important because they have to facilitate scoring opportunities for their team.
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17. Man down! Which of these is the most common basketball injury?

Aspen Photo /
  1. Sprained ankles
  2. Split hairs
  3. Ruptured spleens
  4. Broken elbows
As you'd imagine, running up and down as a career has its risks. For this reason, sprained ankles are the most common injuries that basketballers suffer from.
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18. Help a player score a shot by passing them the ball, and you've scored:

katatonia82 /
  1. An orange
  2. A barter
  3. An assist
  4. A business deal
An assist is awarded when one player passes the ball to another who then scores; the first player "assisted" the second player to score.
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19. Which "Just Do It" brand now makes all NBA uniforms?

zhangjin_net /
  1. Adidas
  2. FILA
  3. Nike
  4. Converse
In 2017, Nike replaced Adidas as the provider of uniforms for the big three American sports leagues: the NBA, the NFL, and the MLB.
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20. Founded in 1923, this California team has the honor of being the oldest in the league:

Michael Tipton /
  1. New York Knicks
  2. Sacramento Kings
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Charlotte Hornets
The Sacramento Kings are the oldest in the league. When they were founded, their name was the "Rochester Seagrams".
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21. Break a rule on the court, and you'll get:

A_Lesik /
  1. Applause
  2. A foul
  3. A gold star
  4. Brownie points
There are many different ways to get a foul in basketball. Many of them are for unsportsmanlike conduct or illegal personal contact.
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22. Got robbed? When the defense snatches the ball from the offense, that's:

Aspen Photo /
  1. A score
  2. A sale
  3. A steal
  4. A catch
This move is called a steal. Often, it requires lots of skill and perfect timing. If you do it incorrectly, you might be pegged with a foul!
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23. An apple a day! Which healthcare professional can we thank for inventing basketball?

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  1. A plumber
  2. A doctor
  3. A social media influencer
  4. A Shaman
James Naismith, the man who created basketball, was more than a doctor. He was also a sports coach, an educator, a chaplain, and an innovator.
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24. Alley-Oop! When a player slams the ball through the hoop, that's a:

Ververidis Vasilis /
  1. Score
  2. Dunk
  3. Smile
  4. Goal
Slam dunks are very exciting to watch. At one point, the NCAA banned the move (from 1967 to 1976). Thank god that didn't last long.
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25. He looks like a fish out of the water! When a player exaggerates a foul, it is called...

Oleksandr Osipov /
  1. Running
  2. Fainting
  3. Flopping
  4. Swimming
In most contact sports, you'll find that players will sometimes exaggerate their injuries. It's so common, it's got a name. Flopping.
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26. If you're the "PF", you better make a lot of baskets, because you're a:

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  1. Power forward
  2. Player face
  3. Push fish
  4. Paper fisher
Power forwards are often seen as the team's most powerful scorer because they're able to shoot close to the basket, as well as make mid-range jump shots.
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27. This legendary player's nickname was the "Wizard of Westwood"...

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  1. John Travolta
  2. John Wooden
  3. Bill Russell
  4. Pedro Martinez
John Wooden apparently detested this nickname, even though it meant he was known for conjuring greatness.
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28. Way to stand out! Which team does not have an animal on its logo?

Michael Tipton /
  1. Denver Nuggets
  2. Toronto Raptors
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. Chicago Bulls
The Denver Nuggets' logo does have two pickaxes, a mountain, and a basketball, but there is no animal.
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29. Which mystical player and Dream Team member won 5 championships during his career?

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  1. Stephen Curry
  2. LeBron James
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. John Stockton
Magic Johnson announced his retirement after playing in the NBA for 13 years. He chose to do so after finding out he was HIV-positive, and has since become an HIV/AIDS activist.
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30. Which of the following is NOT an NBA team?

Oleksandr Osipove /
  1. Indiana Pacers
  2. The New England Patriots
  3. Golden State Warriors
  4. Orlando Magic
Don't be silly! The New England Patriots is a team from the NFL, that is the National Football League.
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31. The basket is nearly two dozen feet from the three-point line. How many feet is that exactly?

zhangjin_net /
  1. 5
  2. 13
  3. 40
  4. 23.75
Let's be exact. The NBA 3-point line is 23.75 feet from the hoop and 22 feet from the corners.
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32. Which lucky NBA team has won the most games (of all time)?

Spiro /
  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Detroit Pistons
  3. Milwaukee Bucks
  4. Utah Jazz
The Boston Celtics have the most wins in the history of the NBA. They've racked in just over 3,400 now.
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33. Which state has the most NBA teams?

Gabriele Rizzo /
  1. California
  2. Alaska
  3. Maine
  4. Hawaii
California has a total of four teams in the NBA. Texas has three, while New York and Florida each have two.
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34. Which month's "madness" signals the start of the college basketball tournament?

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  1. December
  2. August
  3. March
  4. January
"March Madness" got its name from Illinois high schools' March basketball tournaments. Today, the name stands for the excitement generated every March with the NCAA tournament.
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35. This Golden State team holds the record for the longest NBA winning streak:

Erik Drost /
  1. Atlanta Hawks
  2. Cleveland Gladiators
  3. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. San Antonio Spurs
In the 1971-1972 season, the Lakers managed to win 33 games in a row. Wow!
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36. Which NCAA team is NOT in the Ivy League division?

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  1. Colorado State
  2. Harvard
  3. Princeton
  4. Yale
Of the options, Colorado State is the only one not considered to be an Ivy League college.
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37. Take more than two steps without dribbling a ball, and you are:

Pavel Shchegolev /
  1. Off the court!
  2. Traveling
  3. Going to Paris
  4. Sleeping
Traveling happens when a player takes more than two steps without dribbling the ball. When a player 'travels', a violation is called.
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38. When basketball was invented, it had THIS unlucky number of rules...

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  1. 3
  2. 13
  3. 30
  4. 0
At first, basketball was pretty simple. There were only 13 rules—a rule against traveling was one of them.
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39. This GOAT (Greatest of All Time) went by the name "Mamba":

plavevski /
  1. Lamar Odom
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Allen Iverson
  4. James Harden
Kobe Bryant gave himself the nickname "Black Mamba." Not only was it a nickname, but it was also an alter ego that he says he used to get over the dark times in his life.
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40. Bring it in! Which "even" number of timeouts does each team get per game?

Natursports /
  1. 1
  2. 6
  3. 56
  4. 13
Each team can take a total of six timeouts every match. No more than three are allowed in the last quarter.
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41. Which bright star is part of the Phoenix's logo?

Michael Tipton /
  1. Pluto
  2. Sun
  3. Mango
  4. Leaf
The Phoenix Suns was founded in 1968. The team's logo features a basketball as the sun. It sure is hot in Arizona.
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42. That was over fast! How long is a game of basketball in the NBA?

zhangjin_net /
  1. 360 minutes
  2. 48 minutes
  3. 150 minutes
  4. 10 minutes
A basketball game is just under an hour: 48 minutes. Each quarter is only 12 minutes long.
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43. Swish! When the game was first created, these functioned as hoops...

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  1. Toy boxes
  2. Peach baskets
  3. Jugs of juice
  4. Cupboards
Basketball has very humble beginnings. Players made use of peach baskets as their hoops when the game was first invented.
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44. The NBA logo is the silhouette of Mr. Clutch. What was this Lakers legend's name?

Michael Tipton /
  1. Peyton Manning
  2. Jerry West
Jerry West has gone down in history as one of the best players to ever play the sport. When he retired, so did his number (44) -- with the Lakers.
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45. Shaquille O'Neal won a one-on-one game against the legendary Michael Jordan:

Maxine Cruz /
  1. False
  2. True
Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal played a quick one-on-one game during the warm-ups of an all-star game. Somehow, Shaq won.
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46. Shaquille O'Neal is notoriously famous for not being able to do what?

lev radin /
  1. Count to 10
  2. Cook salmon
  3. Shoot 3-pointers
  4. Tie his shoelaces
Shaq is notorious for not being able to shoot threes. It is rumored that in his 20-year career, he only managed to score one.
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47. Break a sweat, why don't you! Players can run up to four ______ during one game!

Michael Tipton /
  1. Miles
  2. Centimeters
  3. Inches
  4. Feet
On average, basketball players run just over two and a half miles per game. There are situations, however, where some make it to four miles. That's a lot of sweat!
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48. What does NBA stand for?

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  1. National Brave Association
  2. National Basketball Association
  3. National Bounce Association
  4. National Bar Association
The acronym altogether stands for the National Basketball Association.
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49. How many feet above the ground is the basketball hoop?

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  1. 75 feet
  2. 10 feet
  3. 200 feet
  4. 3 feet
A hoop is 10 feet above the ground, which is why basketballers need to be able to jump pretty high if they can't shoot.
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