Win the NBA Trivia Challenge and Rule My Gravatar!

Believe it or not, we’re now less than week away from the start of the new NBA season. After last year’s lockout debacle, it’s especially comforting to know I’ll have my League Pass to help keep me warm through another dark, rainy Portland winter.  I’m sure I’ll write a bit about the season as it unfolds, but for now I thought I’d get my B-Ball juices flowing with a little NBA trivia challenge – with the winner getting a little temporary control of my gravatar.

I’ve tried to walk that fine line of making the answers (mostly) not obvious, but not so wonky that even the most casual fan couldn’t at least take a shot at making some educated guesses.  You won’t find any questions along the lines of “What was Cedric Ceballos’s free throw percentage in 1993?” Some questions will ask something where the answer is dependent upon something done in a particular year, but in that case you need only answer the name of the team – you do not have to identify the year in which it was done.  So for the question “Which team won the most games?,” either “Chicago” or “Bulls” is acceptable. You don’t need to say “The 1995-6 Chicago Bulls”

Whoever gets the most points will be declared the winner on Sunday morning, when I will post the answers.   If you wish you may discuss with spouses, friends or coworkers.  However, you should answer on your own before viewing what other people wrote down.  Also, googling is strictly forbidden!  So too is looking in a book, rifling through your old Sports Illustrateds or calling your local sports talk radio show.  You’ll simply be on your honor not to cheat, but know that if you do and lie about it you will make the baby Jesus weep and most likely burn in a pit of fiery torment for all eternity.

The winner is allowed to pick any NBA team logo to be my gravatar for the month of November – even the Clippers.  A tie will be decided by a question to be named later, if needed.

Given that it’s more than possible for multiple people to know the answers to these questions, please rot13 your answer. That’s a simple encryption that will allow the folks who want to answer these questions “fresh” to do so and also allow people who want to peek (or argue!) your answers to do so as well.

Questions after the jump.

 

1. Who are the only three NBA players to win back-to-back championships with two different teams?  (Scoring: One point for each correct guess, minus one point for each incorrect guess. Note: negative points only go against scoring for this question.)

Bonus Question: What other notable fact do they have in common?

 

2. What trivial fact binds Gilbert Arenas, Manu Ginobili and Carlos Boozer?

 

3. Aside from being All-Stars, what unusual qualifier do the Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, the Celtic’s Rajon Rondo and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant share with Celtic great Bill Russell?

 

4. Since 1980, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks have each done something just once; no other NBA team can make this claim.  What is it?

 

5. In the history of the NBA, what is the only college to have more than two first overall draft picks?

 

6. Michael Jordon, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Gary Payton are all currently tied for an NBA record.  What record would that be?

 

7. In the entire history of the NBA, what were both Michael Jordon and Allen Iverson – and only Michael Jordon and Allen Iverson –able to do in a single season?

 

8. What dubious honor went to current NBA players Dwight Howard, Rajon Ronda and Blake Griffin last year?

 

9. Which NBA franchise has the highest winning percentage of Game Sevens in the playoffs?  Bonus Question: Which team has played in the most Game Sevens without winning a single one?

 

10. What is the only NBA Franchise that has never been to the playoffs while playing in the city they currently represent?

 

11. Which NBA team currently holds the streak for most years without making the playoffs?

 

12. Name the only four NBA teams that do not have a costumed mascot. (Scoring: One point for each correct guess, minus one point for each incorrect guess. Note: negative points only go against scoring for this question.)

 

13. Of the players that rank in the top three in terms Number of All Star appearances, how many played at one time or another for the Los Angeles Lakers? (Scoring: One point for the correct answer, plus one bonus point for each that you can name –  assuming the answer is not “Zero.”)

 

14. It’s common knowledge that Kobe is chasing MJ’s six rings.  However, in order to actually claim the title of Most Championships in the Past 40 Years he would need to beat another NBA great.  Which player would that be?

 

15.  Only one NBA team has had a six game losing streak during the regular season but still gone on to win the championship that same year.  Which team was it?

 

16.  What do the 3-Point Line, the Slam Dunk Contest, and Dr. J all have in common?

 

17. Aside for the fact that they are foreign-born players, what do Australian native Andrew Bogut, Italian native Andrea Bargnani and Nigerian native Michael Olowokandi all have in common?

 

18. Which NBA team has produced the most NBA Slam Dunk Champions?

 

19. Who is the only white NBA Slam Dunk Champion?

 

20. Name the only NBA color commentator to ever say in a major motion picture, “Feel these nipples!”

 

Good luck!

 

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35 thoughts on “Win the NBA Trivia Challenge and Rule My Gravatar!

  1. 1. Jub ner gur bayl guerr AON cynlref gb jva onpx-gb-onpx punzcvbafuvcf jvgu gjb qvssrerag grnzf? (Fpbevat: Bar cbvag sbe rnpu pbeerpg thrff, zvahf bar cbvag sbe rnpu vapbeerpg thrff. Abgr: artngvir cbvagf bayl tb ntnvafg fpbevat sbe guvf dhrfgvba.)
    Obahf Dhrfgvba: Jung bgure abgnoyr snpg qb gurl unir va pbzzba?
    Obo Ubeel

    2. Jung gevivny snpg ovaqf Tvyoreg Neranf, Znah Tvabovyv naq Pneybf Obbmre?
    Qensgrq va gur 2aq ebhaq

    3. Nfvqr sebz orvat Nyy-Fgnef, jung hahfhny dhnyvsvre qb gur Gvzorejbyirf’ Xriva Ybir, gur Prygvp’f Enwba Ebaqb naq gur Ynxref’ Xbor Oelnag funer jvgu Prygvp terng Ovyy Ehffryy?
    Gurl unir arire orra va zl yvivat ebbz

    4. Fvapr 1980, gur Cuvynqrycuvn 76ref naq gur Qnyynf Znirevpxf unir rnpu qbar fbzrguvat whfg bapr; ab bgure AON grnz pna znxr guvf pynvz. Jung vf vg?
    Jva rknpgyl bar punzcvbafuvc.

    5. Va gur uvfgbel bs gur AON, jung vf gur bayl pbyyrtr gb unir zber guna gjb svefg birenyy qensg cvpxf?
    HPYN

    6. Zvpunry Wbeqba, Xbor Oelnag, Xriva Tneargg naq Tnel Cnlgba ner nyy pheeragyl gvrq sbe na AON erpbeq. Jung erpbeq jbhyq gung or?
    Nyy Qrsrafr nccrnenaprf

    7. Va gur ragver uvfgbel bs gur AON, jung jrer obgu Zvpunry Wbeqba naq Nyyra Virefba – naq bayl Zvpunry Wbeqba naq Nyyra Virefba –noyr gb qb va n fvatyr frnfba?

    8. Jung qhovbhf ubabe jrag gb pheerag AON cynlref Qjvtug Ubjneq, Enwba Ebaqn naq Oynxr Tevssva ynfg lrne?
    SG% &yg; 50%

    9. Juvpu AON senapuvfr unf gur uvturfg jvaavat crepragntr bs Tnzr Friraf va gur cynlbssf? Obahf Dhrfgvba: Juvpu grnz unf cynlrq va gur zbfg Tnzr Friraf jvgubhg jvaavat n fvatyr bar?
    Obfgba Prygvpf

    10. Jung vf gur bayl AON Senapuvfr gung unf arire orra gb gur cynlbssf juvyr cynlvat va gur pvgl gurl pheeragyl ercerfrag?
    Obopngf

    11. Juvpu AON grnz pheeragyl ubyqf gur fgernx sbe zbfg lrnef jvgubhg znxvat gur cynlbssf?
    G-jbyirf

    12. Anzr gur bayl sbhe AON grnzf gung qb abg unir n pbfghzrq znfpbg. (Fpbevat: Bar cbvag sbe rnpu pbeerpg thrff, zvahf bar cbvag sbe rnpu vapbeerpg thrff. Abgr: artngvir cbvagf bayl tb ntnvafg fpbevat sbe guvf dhrfgvba.)
    Ynxref, Xavpxf, Prygvpf, Argf

    13. Bs gur cynlref gung enax va gur gbc guerr va grezf Ahzore bs Nyy Fgne nccrnenaprf, ubj znal cynlrq ng bar gvzr be nabgure sbe gur Ybf Natryrf Ynxref? (Fpbevat: Bar cbvag sbe gur pbeerpg nafjre, cyhf bar obahf cbvag sbe rnpu gung lbh pna anzr – nffhzvat gur nafjre vf abg “Mreb.”)
    Gjb, Fund naq Xbor

    14. Vg’f pbzzba xabjyrqtr gung Xbor vf punfvat ZW’f fvk evatf. Ubjrire, va beqre gb npghnyyl pynvz gur gvgyr bs Zbfg Punzcvbafuvcf va gur Cnfg 40 Lrnef ur jbhyq arrq gb orng nabgure AON terng. Juvpu cynlre jbhyq gung or?
    Ovyy Ehffryy, 11

    15. Bayl bar AON grnz unf unq n fvk tnzr ybfvat fgernx qhevat gur erthyne frnfba ohg fgvyy tbar ba gb jva gur punzcvbafuvc gung fnzr lrne. Juvpu grnz jnf vg?
    Ebpxrgf

    16. Jung qb gur 3-Cbvag Yvar, gur Fynz Qhax Pbagrfg, naq Qe. W nyy unir va pbzzba?
    Fgnegrq va gur NON

    17. Nfvqr sbe gur snpg gung gurl ner sbervta-obea cynlref, jung qb Nhfgenyvna angvir Naqerj Obthg, Vgnyvna angvir Naqern Onetanav naq Avtrevna angvir Zvpunry Bybjbxnaqv nyy unir va pbzzba?
    Cynlrq sbe n zvq-znwbe

    18. Juvpu AON grnz unf cebqhprq gur zbfg AON Fynz Qhax Punzcvbaf?
    Ohyyf

    19. Jub vf gur bayl juvgr AON Fynz Qhax Punzcvba?

    20. Anzr gur bayl AON pbybe pbzzragngbe gb rire fnl va n znwbe zbgvba cvpgher, “Srry gurfr avccyrf!”
    Pbfgnf

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  2. Responding to the ones I think I know off the top of my head…

    1) Qhaab 3, ohg Eboreg Ubeel pbzrf gb zvaq va bar bs gubfr fybgf.
    4) Jba punzcvbafuvc ntnvafg fnzr grnz gung qrsrngrq gurz cerivbhfyl gubhtu aba-pbafrphgviryl.
    5) Trbetrgbja (rjvat, virefba, fbzrbar ryfr V pna’g erzrzore)
    7) fpbevat gvgyr & 1fg grnz nyy-qrsrafr
    8) gvr sbe zbfg grpuavpny sbhyf
    9) ybfnatryrfYnxref
    12) guhaqre, xavpxf, zvnzvurng, oynmref
    18) ngynagn unjxf (fchqq jroo, qbzvavdhr jvyxvaf, Wbfu fzvgu)
    19) oerag oneel
    20) Znei Nyoreg?

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  3. 1. Obo Ubeel, yrg zr guvax ba gur erfg.
    2. Qensgrq va gur 2aq ebhaq
    4. Jva rknpgyl bar punzcvbafuvc.
    5. Hpyn
    6. Nyy Qrsrafr nccrnenaprf
    8. SG crepragntr haqre svsgl creprag
    9. Obfgba Prygvpf
    10. Obopngf
    11. G-jbyirf
    12. Ynxref, Xavpxf, Prygvpf, Argf
    13. Gjb, Fund naq Xbor
    14. Bevtvanyyl chg Ovyy Ehffryy, 11 – nsgre erernqvat ernyvmrq vg’f Obo Ubeel, jvgu 7
    15. Ebpxrgf
    16. Fgnegrq va gur NON
    17. Cynlrq sbe n zvq-znwbe
    18. Ohyyf
    20. Obo Pbfgnf

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  4. 4. Since 1980, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks have each done something just once; no other NBA team can make this claim. What is it?

    The 6ers lost a charity match to a team of 10-year-old girls The Mavericks lost a playoff series to the Warriors, which is pretty much the same thing.

    17. Aside for the fact that they are foreign-born players, what do Australian native Andrew Bogut, Italian native Andrea Bargnani and Nigerian native Michael Olowokandi all have in common?

    None of them will play one fully healthy game for the Warriors.

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  5. 1 – Ebqzna jba jvgu Cvfgbaf & Ohyyf
    Ubeel jba jvgu Ebpxrgf & Ynxref.
    pna’g pbzr hc jvgu gur 3eq.

    14 – Ubeel (frr nobir). n arng ovg bs gevivn gung bhgfvqr bs Ehffryy & uvf grnzzngrf, Ubeel unf jba gur zbfg punzcvbafuvcf (7). Qrfcvgr gung, jbhyq abg ivrj uvf nf n terng – whfg n terng ebyr cynlre.

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  6. Rtod, you may wish to include a sentence or two like the following prior to the cut in your delightful post:

    Given that it’s more than possible for multiple people to know the answers to these questions, please rot13 your answer. That’s a simple encryption that will allow the folks who want to answer these questions “fresh” to do so and also allow people who want to peek (or argue!) your answers to do so as well.

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  7. 1. Eboreg Ubeel
    2. Frpbaq ebhaq cvpxf jub orpnzr nyy-fgnef
    3. Nfvqr sebz orvat Nyy-Fgnef, jung hahfhny dhnyvsvre qb gur Gvzorejbyirf’ Xriva Ybir, gur Prygvp’f Enwba Ebaqb naq gur Ynxref’ Xbor Oelnag funer jvgu Prygvp terng Ovyy Ehffryy?
    4. AON punzcvbaf; nyy bguref jvaaref jba zhygvcyr gvzrf va gung crevbq
    5. Trbetrgbja.
    6. Nyy-Qrsrafvir grnzf
    7. AON svanyf cnegvpvcnag naq fpbevat punzcvba
    8. Ybjrfg SG%
    9. Obfgba Prygvpf; Ahttrgf
    10. Oebbxyla Argf
    11. Fnpenzragb Xvatf
    12. Prygvpf, Ynxref, Xavpxf, 76ref
    13. Guerr: fund, Xbor, Xnerrz
    14. Ubeel
    15. Ynxref
    16. Fgnegrq va NON
    17. #1 cvpxf
    18. Unjxf
    19. Oerag Oneel
    20. Puneyrf Onexyrl

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