100 NBA Trivia Questions and Answers | A Slam Dunk of a Basketball Quiz

Do you know your Clippers from your Celtics? Your Wizards from your Warriors? Whether you’re looking to run a ‘real’ pub quiz or a virtual trivia quiz night, we’ve curated a list of 100 of the best NBA trivia questions and answers!

Best delivered via apps like Zoom, House Party and Skype, it’s worth gathering your friends, family and even colleagues around for this epic trivia countdown! And, if they need a bit of help on these usually easy questions, think about including a Picture Round!

Ready to get started? Let’s hit the trivia court!

General NBA Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

What better way to start then with an epic general knowledge round? Test your contestant’s b-ball knowledge with these 10 easy NBA trivia questions and answers.

1. Who invented basketball?

2. Who are the long running opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters?

3. In feet, what is the height of a basketball rim?

4. What is the acronym used by the association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball?

5. In 1999, which Boston Celtics player ranked number 30 in ESPN’s Sports Century’s 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th century?

6. What were used as the first “baskets”?

7. When the ball-handler takes too many steps with the ball without bouncing it, what is this called?

8. Without stoppages, how long is a regulation NBA game?

9. Apart from USA, which other current country has won a mens’ Olympic gold medal?

10. How many points are awarded for a free-throw?

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General NBA Trivia Quiz Answers

  1. James Naismith
  2. Washington Generals
  3. 10 ft
  4. FIBA (from its French name Federation Internationale de Basket-ball)
  5. Larry Bird
  6. Actually, they were peach baskets
  7. Traveling
  8. 48 minutes, split into 4 quarters, each lasting 12 minutes
  9. Argentina (both the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia have also won gold but both countries no longer exist)
  10. One each

‘Who am I’ NBA Trivia Questions and Answers

How much do your participants know about their favourite basketball stars and their nicknames? Here are ten great NBA trivia questions to find out:

1. Which NBA player had the nickname The Dream?

2. Who is better known as Air?

3. Which player is called the Black Mamba? Which is actually an extremely poisonous snake!

4. Who is better known as The King of basketball?

5. The Worm is the nickname for which NBA player?

6. Which player has the nickname The Glove?

7. The Admiral is the nickname for which player?

8. Who is almost better known as Magic?

9. The Mailman is a great nickname for which player that always delivers?

10. Who was known as The Glide?

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‘Who am I’ NBA Trivia Answers

  1. Hakeem Olajuwon
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Lebron James
  5. Dennis Rodman
  6. Gary Payton
  7. David Robinson
  8. Earvin Johnson
  9. Karl Malone
  10. Clyde Drexler

90s NBA Trivia Questions and Answers

Many basketball fans will argue that the 90’s were the glory days of basketball. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and many an iconic player dribbled their way into the history books in the 1990’s. So what better decade to include as an epic trivia round?

1. Which NBA player holds the record for scoring most points in 1990s?

2. Which NBA player holds the record for the most rebounds in 1990s?

3. Which NBA player holds the record for the most steals in 1990s?

4. Which NBA player holds the record for the most assists in 1990s?

5. Which NBA player holds the record for the most blocks in 1990s?

6. Who won the NBA finals MVP award in 1999?

7. Who scored the most points for the Dream Team US National team at the 1992 Olympics?

8. Who was the first NBA team who from 8th seeds made the NBA Finals in 1999?

9. Which NBA player won 4 straight titles in the 90s?

10. Which NBA team won the NBA Championship six times during the 1990s?

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90s NBA Trivia Round Answers

  1. Karl Malone
  2. Dennis Rodman
  3. John Stockton
  4. John Stockton
  5. Hakeem Olajuwon
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Charles Barkley
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Steve Kerr
  10. Chicago Bulls

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NBA Franchise Trivia Questions and Answers

It’s time to take a fast break to the next trivia category: guessing the NBA team from the location provided. This is a true test of NBA knowledge!

1. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in Buffalo (1970-78), San Diego (1978-84) and Los Angeles (1984-present)?

2. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in Rochester (1948-57), Cincinnati (1957-72), Kansas City-Omaha (1972-75), Kansas City (1975-85) and Sacramento (1985-present)?

3. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in Fort Wayne (1948-57) and Detroit (1957-present)?

4. What is the name of the NBA franchise that has been based in Boston since 1946?

5. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in Chicago (1961-63), Baltimore (1963-73), Capital (1973-74) and Washington (1974-present)?

6. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in Minneapolis (1948-60) and Los Angeles (1960-present)?

7. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in Philadelphia (1946-62), San Francisco (1962-71) and Golden State (1971-present)?

8. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in New York (1976-77), New Jersey (1977-2012) and Brooklyn (2012-present)?

9. What is the name of the NBA franchise that has been based in San Antonio since 1976?

10. What is the name of the NBA franchise that was based in Tri-Cities (1949-51), Milwaukee (1951-55), St. Louis (1955-68) and Atlanta (1968-present)?

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NBA Franchise Trivia Answers

  1. Los Angeles Clippers
  2. Sacramento Kings
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Boston Celtics
  5. Washington Wizards
  6. Los Angeles Lakers
  7. Golden State Warriors
  8. Brooklyn Nets
  9. San Antonio Spurs
  10. Atlanta Hawks

2000s NBA Trivia Questions and Answers

Kobe Bryant. Le Bron James. They’d definitely give the players of the 90’s a run for their money. Switch up the decades with these epic stats-based questions about basketball after the turn of the century.

1. Which NBA player holds the record for scoring most points in the 00s?

2. Which NBA player holds the record for the most rebounds in the 00s?

3. Which NBA player holds the record for the most steals in the 00s?

4. Which NBA player holds the record for the most assists in the 00s?

5. Which NBA player holds the record for the most blocks in the 00s?

6. Which NBA team won the NBA Championship four times during the 00s?

7. Which Frenchman was the first European to win the NBA Finals MMVP award in 2007?

8. In 2005 the Grizzlies moved to Memphis. Where was the franchise up to then?

9. Which player was the number 1 draft pick in 2003?

10. Which NBA player scored the NBA second highest single game total points score in 2006 with 81 points against Toronto Raptors?

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2000s NBA Trivia Answers

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Kevin Garnett
  3. Allen Iverson
  4. Jason Kidd
  5. Tim Duncan
  6. Los Angeles Lakers
  7. Tony Parker
  8. Vancouver, they were an expansion team set up in 1995.
  9. Lebron James
  10. Kobe Bryant

Interesting fact: The single game record is held by Wilt Chamberlain. He scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against New York Knicks

All time NBA Player Trivia Record Setting Questions 

It’s time to dive into the record books with a slightly more fiendish round of basketball questions; with this brilliant round of 10 hard NBA trivia questions and answers:

1. As of 2020, who is the tallest NBA player ever?

2. As of 2020, who is the shortest NBA player ever?

3. What is the record for most franchises played for?

4. As of 2020, who has played the most games in the NBA ever?

5. As of 2020, which player has won the most NBA Championships ever?

6. Which coach has won the most NBA Championships ever (as of 2020)?

7. Which NBA player holds the record for most assists ever, as of 2020?

8. As of 2020, which player has the worst free shot average of all time?

9. Since the start of the NBA, who holds the points per game record in the NBA?

10. As of 2020, who has scored the most points in the NBA ever?

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All time NBA Player Trivia Record Setting Answers

  1. Gheorghe Muresan (7ft 7inches)
  2. Muggsy Bogues (5ft 3 inches)
  3. 12
  4. Robert Parish (1611)
  5. Bill Russell with 11 (he played for 13 seasons)
  6. Phil Jackson also with 11
  7. John Stockton (15,806)
  8. Ben Wallace 41.4%
  9. Michael Jordan
  10. Kareem Abdul Jabbar (38,387)

Did you know? Although Kareem is the highest points scorer, Lebron James is the highest scoring active player in the NBA and he is 3rd in the all-time list

NBA Trivia Questions from 2010 to 2019

You’ve tested your contestants’ knowledge of the 90’s, and of the noughties. Let’s bring it up to date with this head-scratching round of more contemporary basketball trivia, a round of quiz questions between 2010 to 2019!

1. Which NBA player holds the record for scoring most points in the 2010s?

2. Which NBA player holds the record for the most rebounds in the 2010s?

3. Which NBA player holds the record for the most steals in the 2010s?

4. Which NBA player holds the record for the most assists in the 2010s?

5. Which NBA player holds the record for the most blocks between 2010 and 2019?

6. Which NBA team won the NBA Championship three times during the 2010s?

7. Which player won the regular season MVP award the most in the 2010s, winning it three times?

8. Who scored the most points in a single 2010s game with 70?

9. Who scored the most points for the US National team at the 2012 Olympics?

10. Who became the first non-American NBA team to win the NBA Championship in 2019?

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NBA Trivia Round from 2010 to 2019 Answers

  1. Lebron James
  2. DeAndre Jordan
  3. Chris Paul
  4. Russell Westbrook
  5. Serge Ibaka
  6. Golden State Warriors
  7. Lebron James
  8. Devin Booker
  9. Kevin Durant
  10. Toronto Raptors

Fun fact: This is also Toronto’s first major sports championship since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series in Major League Baseball.

Unlucky Losers in Basketball Trivia Questions and Answers

While your participants might know a lot about the medals and the epic wins of the NBA and further afield, how much do they know about the losers; those bone-crushing defeats that definitely don’t make headline news. Here’s a great round on the unluckiest losers in basketball. 

1. Which European country won silver medals at the 1984, 2008, and 2012 Olympics, and a bronze in 2016?

2. Which side missed out in both the 97 and 98 NBA Finals?

3. Which side missed out in both the 02 and 03 NBA Finals?

4. Which side missed out in both the 17 and 18 NBA Finals?

5. Which player has lost the most NBA finals, losing 8?

6. Which side missed out in both the 83 and 84 NBA Finals?

7. Which player has lost the most NBA finals, and never won the championship?

8. How many NBA finals has Lebron James lost?

9. Who holds the record for most losses ever?

10. What was so painful about the Philadelphia 76ers loss to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern conference semi-final in 2019?

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Unlucky Losers in Basketball Trivia Answers

  1. Spain
  2. Utah Jazz
  3. New Jersey Nets
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Jerry West
  6. Los Angeles Lakers
  7. Elgin Baylor
  8. 6
  9. Jamal Crawford
  10. They lost to a buzzer beating shot in game 7 of the 7 game series.

Interesting fact: Leonard hit a 15-foot shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory in Game 7 of the East semi-finals. Not only did it do that, but it was the first winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7 in NBA history.

Last Dance Trivia Questions and Answers

Let’s be honest – how many times have you binge-watched the Last Dance Netflix documentary? 50? 100? No? Just us then.

Let’s see how your trivia contestants do with these ten NBA trivia questions and answers related to the smash hit miniseries:

1. At what number was Michael Jordan drafted in 1983?

2. When Jordan retired from Basketball to play Minor League Baseball, which side did he play for?

3. Which Detroit Pistons player was not selected first the Dream Team, allegedly because of tensions with Michael Jordan?

4. Phil Jackson won the NBA Championship twice with which side?

5. What was the name of Sam Smith’s book that exposed Jordan’s treatment of his teammates?

6. When Dennis Rodman went AWOL from training time go visit Las Vegas, who was he sharing a hotel room with?

7. Which side won two titles in between the Bulls’ two three peats?

8. Who did the USA Dream Team beat in the final of 1992 Olympics?

9. Which college did Scottie Pippen attend?

10. In 1996, the Bulls set the record for most wins in the regular season. How many games did they win?

Last Dance Trivia Answers

  1. 3, Behind Akeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie
  2. Birmingham Barons
  3. Isiah Thomas
  4. New York Knicks
  5. The Jordan Rules
  6. Carmen Electra
  7. Houston Rockets
  8. Croatia
  9. Central Arkansas
  10. They won 71 and lost 10. In 2016 The Golden State Warriors beat this record winning 73 games and losing 9. However, unlike the Bulls, they missed out on the NBA Championship and lost in the Finals.

WNBA Trivia Questions and Answers

Now while most column inches are definitely dedicated to the NBA and the men who contest it, women’s basketball is a force in its own right. Let’s see how

1. Which current side has won most WNBA titles?

2. Which player holds the record for scoring the most points in a single season?

3. Which player holds the record for scoring the most points in a single game?

4. Which player holds the record for most assists in a single season?

5. Which player holds the record for most steals in a single season?

6. Which player holds the record for most blocks in a single season?

7. Which player holds the record for playing most games in their career?

8. When was the WNBA founded?

9. Which player holds the record for most WNBA finals MVP awards?

10. Who scored the first field goal in the WNBA’s History?

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WNBA Trivia Answers

  1. The Minnesota Lynx with 4. The Houston Comets have also won 4 but folded in 2008.
  2. Diana Taurasi with 860 in 2006
  3. Liz Cambage with 53 in 2018
  4. Courtney Vandersloot with 300 in 2019
  5. Teresa Witherspoon with 100 in 1998
  6. Brittney Griner with 129 in 2014
  7. Sue Bird with 508
  8. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women’s counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997.
  9. Cynthia Cooper with 4
  10. Penny Toler

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