Being an NBA fan, it is not uncommon that we are always hungry for NBA facts and trivia, even if they are simply random stuffs. This is because it is not uncommon for fans to know the starting players of the team they are rooting for, their numbers and their star players as well as the star players of the competition. This is how we often are when it comes to the game we love. In fact, thanks to technology, some of us may even be playing our favorite team in gaming consoles and even managing their roster, or perhaps buying basketball merchandise, particularly the jersey and accompanying number of our favorite player.
In most cases, we try to look for trivia on our favorite players, the championship winning team, or the best of the best players. The list below shows some random NBA facts you may know or never knew at all.
- The NBA was first called the Basketball Association of America in 1946 and had a total of 16 teams. The league then merged with the National Basketball League in 1949 to form the National Basketball Association or NBA as we all know it.
- The Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies are not the first NBA teams to come from north of the border. This title belongs to the Toronto Huskies, who in fact were one of the first teams in the league. Sadly, Canada back then had a tough basketball market which is why the Huskies only lasted one season with 22-38 and missing the playoffs.
- Muggsy Bogues, an NBA point guard who stands at 5’3” is the smallest player to have played in the league. During the 1987 NBA draft, Bogues was picked 12th overall and would have a 14-year career in the NBA. Bogues is a decent passer but not much of a scorer due to his height, no doubt. He is number 17 in all time leaders in assists. Despite his height and still managed to get in the NBA, he has given talented players who are not vertically gifted a somewhat dream chance of still getting into the NBA.
- The fan-favorite three-point shot is a rule that did not originate from the NBA. This started with the American Basketball Association, a league known for showmanship and flashy plays. The NBA only adopted this rule during the 1979-1980 season.
- The NBA Draft has two rounds and teams that do not make it to the playoffs enter the draft lottery. The worse team gets a better chance in winning the lottery. The lottery also helps to lay the order of the 14 non-playoff teams. Teams can then choose eligible players who have been out of high school for at least a year.
- Isiah Thomas was able to score 16 points in only 94 seconds against the New York Knicks during their deciding game in the 1984 playoffs. This feat that he accomplished forced the game into overtime. Sadly, the Knicks still won the game.
- Michael Jordan was not the first overall pick. Even though Michael Jordan turned out to be the greatest player of all time, he was only picked third during the 1984 NBA draft. The first draft back then was Hakeem Olajuwon and the second was Sam Bowie.
- Wilt Chamberlain is by far the only Rookie of the Year to have led in scoring averaging at around 37.6 points per game and around 27 rebounds per game. He played then for the Philadelphia Warriors.
- Although John Stockton leads the assists board for having generated the most assists during his NBA career, he doesn’t hold the most assists made in one game. This honor belongs to Scott Skiles who dished 30 assists during their game against the Denver Nuggets during his time with the Orlando Magic. He currently coaches for the Milwaukee Bucks.
- People remember Bill Russell as Boston Celtic’s phenomenal center where he won 11 NBA basketball championships with them – a feat that may never be surpassed. He also spent time coaching two teams, namely the Seattle Supersonics and the Sacramento Kings. Although his times with those teams were not that bad, they could never compare with his time with the Boston Celtics.
- Robert Parish can easily be said as one of the greatest centers to have played in the game. He has won four NBA championships – 3 with Boston Celtics and 1 with the Chicago Bulls. He also played 9 all-star games during his 21 years of professional career. With such accolade, you would think that Robert Parish would have amazing statistics under his name. The thing is, Parish, as a center, was never dominant in scoring as he only averaged 14.5 points per game. The main record that Parish has that will undoubtedly be hard to break is the number of games played as he leads the charts with 1,611 games, followed only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Stockton. With 21 years under his belt and 1,611 games to boot, Parish is ranked 21st in all time points leaders with 23,334
- LeBron James was not the first high school kid to be highly touted to play in the NBA. This title belongs to Moses Malone who ended up with 3 MVP awards, 1 NBA championship, and 12 consecutive all star games during his 19 years in the league. Malone averaged 21.9 points per game and 12.9 rebounds per game. He is ranked 7th in all time points leaders with 27,409 points.
- The lowest scoring game in the NBA was between the Fort Wayne Pistons versus the Minneapolis Lakers in 1950 with a score of 19-18.
- Elmor Smith has the most shot blocks made in a single game with 17 in 1973. Hakeem Olajuwon on the other hand leads the all time shot block with 3,830, followed by Dikembe Mutombo with 3,289 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a close 3,189.
- The player to hit the most rebound in one game is Wilt Chamberlain with 55. He sequentially leads the all time rebound with 23,924 followed by Bill Russell with 21,620 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 17,440.