NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Last month, we served up our fifth annual baseball trivia quiz. At some point this fall, we will do the same for all you football fans. However, today is the day for all you hoop junkies.
About four years ago, we did our first extensive basketball trivia quiz. So due to popular demand, we’ve decided to bring it back and hopefully make it a yearly tradition just as we’ve done with baseball and football.
If you’re not familiar, we’ll bring you up to speed quickly. It’s 10 basic questions that deal with all different aspects of pro hoops. Some will be a bit easy, some may make you scratch your head just a bit.
As always, if we’re able to jar a great memory for you or make you say “I didn’t know that” along the way, then we’ve done our job. Well enough of me babbling, let’s get this trivia quiz started.
And no peeking at the answers below!!!!!!
1. Prior to this year’s NBA Draft Lottery, the Blazers have had the No. 1 overall pick three previous times. Which one of these Portland picks weren’t drafted No. 1 overall?
A. Clyde Drexler
B. Bill Walton
C. Mychal Thompson
D. LaRue Martin
2. Patrick Ewing’s No. 33 was retired by the Knicks in 2003. Who was the last Knick to wear No. 33 before him?
A. Cazzie Russell
B. Earl Monroe
C. Sly Williams
D. Mike Glenn
3. Who was the ABA’s leading scorer in 1975-76, the last season of its existence?
A. David Thompson
B. Artis Gilmore
C. Marvin Barnes
D. Julius Erving
4. True or False? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA record for the most games played in league history.
5. Who was the head coach of the Jazz franchise during the 1978-79 season, their last season in New Orleans?
A. Elgin Baylor
B. Frank Laydon
C. Tom Nissalke
D. Butch van Breda Kolff
6. There have been seven sweeps in NBA Finals history. What team has been swept the most?
7. The Cavaliers made the playoffs for the first time in 1976. Who was their leading scorer during the postseason?
A. Austin Carr
B. Nate Thurmond
C. Jim Chones
D. Jim Cleamons
8. Who holds the Pistons’ record for the most points in a regular season game?
A. Dave Bing
B. Jerry Stackhouse
C. Isiah Thomas
D. Grant Hill
9. Which player recorded the first ever triple-double in WNBA history?
A. Sheryl Swoopes
B. Lisa Leslie
C. Katie Smith
D. Cynthia Cooper
10. Who holds the Spurs’ single-season record for the most assists by a rookie?
A. Tony Parker
B. Vernon Maxwell
C. Willie Anderson
D. Johnny Moore
A. Drexler was the 14th overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft. Virginia’s Ralph Sampson was the No. 1 overall pick that season by the Houston Rockets.
C. Williams, a standout for the University of Rhode Island, was one of New York’s three No. 1 picks in 1979. The other two: Bill Cartwright and Larry Demic.
D. For the third time in his career, Dr. J. would lead the league in scoring. That season, Erving finished the year with a 29.3 ppg average.
False. Robert Parish has played in an NBA record 1,611 games. Jabbar is second with 1,560.
A. The Laker Hall of Famer went a dismal 26-56 (.317) during the season. In two and a half seasons, Baylor was 85-135 (.389) with the Jazz.
B. The Lakers have been swept four times in NBA Finals history. Ironically, they are the last team to sweep a Finals series (2002 vs. the Nets).
C. Chones led Cleveland with a 15.8 ppg average during the postseason. The Cavs upset the Bullets in their opening series, but fell to the eventual champion Celtics in the next round.
B. On April 3, 2001, Stackhouse scored a team record 57 points in a 110-83 victory against the Chicago Bulls.
A. Swoopes had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Comets in an 85-46 victory over the Detroit Shock.
D. During the 1980-81 campaign, Moore dished out 373 assists. The former Texas Longhorn is one of only four other Spurs to have his number (#00) retired by the team.