Basketball Trivia Questions

  • Basketball Trivia

    Basketball Trivia

    Trivia about all things basketball including the NBA and college basketball.

  • Basketball Trivia

    Basketball Trivia

    Trivia about all things basketball including the NBA and college basketball.

First NCAA Basketball Team with 100 Consecutive Wins

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What was the first NCAA basketball team to win 100 games in a row?

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With their 100th consecutive win on February 13, 2017 the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team became the first and only NCAA team to achieve 100 wins in a row. The next milestone for the UConn women, beating Wayland Baptist University’s record of 131 straight wins. Wayland Baptist University played in the Amateur Athletic Union, AAU, before the NCAA began sponsoring women’s basketball.

J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

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What is the the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and who was its first winner?

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The the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award is an award given annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community. The award is named after the second commissioner of the NBA. The award was first given during the 1974/1975 season and the first individual to win the award was Wes Unseld of Washington.

NBA First Three Pointer Made

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Who made the NBA’s first three-point field goal?

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The NBA adopted the three-point line in the 1979/80 season. Two players made three-point shots on October 12, 1979 – Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics and Kevin Grevey of the Washington Bullets. Of the two, Chris Ford is widely credited with making the first three-point shot in NBA history.

First NBA Most Improved Player Award

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When was the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award instituted and who was the first winner?

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The NBA’s Most Improved Player Award was instituted in the 1985/1986 season. The first winner was Alvin Robertson of the San Antonio Spurs.

First NBA Rookie of the Year

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Who was the NBA’s first rookie of the year?

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The NBA has been awarding Rookie of the Year honors since the 1952/1953 season. The first winner was Don Meineke of the Fort Wayne Pistons. The Fort Wayne Pistons were moved to Detroit in 1957 to become the Detroit Pistons.

Most 3 Pointers in an NBA Playoff Game

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Who holds the record for the most 3-point field goals made in an NBA playoff game?

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Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors set the record in a playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on May 28, 2016 when he made 11 3-point field goals on 18 attempts. He ended the night in the Golden State win with 41 points.

First NBA Finals MVP

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Who was the first NBA player to win the MVP award for the NBA finals?

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In 1969 Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers became the first NBA player to win the MVP award for the NBA finals. He is also, to date, the only player from the losing team to win the MVP award.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

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When was the National Basketball Association’s Defensive Player of the Year Award first awarded and who was its first winner?

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The NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award is selected by a panel of sports writers. It has been awarded annually since the 1982/1983 season. The first winner was Sidney Moncrief of the Milwaukee Bucks. Moncrief was also the second winner of the award in 1983/1984 and the first NBA player to win the award in back-to-back years.

NBA Largest Margin of Victory in a Playoff Game

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In the NBA playoffs, what is the largest margin of victory accomplished by any team?

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Two teams are tied with the largest margin of victory of 58 points in an NBA playoff game. On March 19, 1956 the Minneapolis Lakers defeated the the St. Louis Hawks by 58 points (133-75). On April 27, 2009 the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Hornets by 58 points (121-63).

All-NBA Team 3rd Team Award

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Since the inception of the NBA in 1946, the league has had an annual All-NBA Team honor bestowed on the best players in the NBA at the end of every season. In the beginning, the All-NBA Team consisted of 2 teams, a 1st and a 2nd team. In what year did the league add an All-NBA Team 3rd Team?

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The All-NBA Team 3rd team was added in 1988 and awarded at the end of the 1988/89 season. Players who made the 3rd team that year were Dominique Wilkins of Atlanta, Terry Cummings of Milwaukee, Robert Parish of Boston, Dale Ellis of Seattle, and Mark Price of Cleveland.