NBA Basketball by Year, 1970–1999

We give you one question about NBA basketball for every year from 1970 until 1999. Can you answer them all?
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Last updated: December 2, 2020
First submittedNovember 14, 2012
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Year
Clue
Answer
1999
This "zen master" becomes coach of the Lakers
Phil Jackson
1998
This team wins its 6th championship in 8 years
Chicago Bulls
1997
This team changes its name to the Washington Wizards
Washington Bullets
1996
This player leaves the Magic to join the Lakers
Shaquille O'Neal
1995
The Grizzlies become the league's 29th franchise, playing in this city
Vancouver
1994
This Nigerian player is named MVP
Hakeem Olajuwon
1993
This player suddenly retires to play baseball
Michael Jordan
1992
This player wins his first of seven consecutive rebounding titles
Dennis Rodman
1991
This NBA legend announces that he is HIV positive
Magic Johnson
1990
Due to their physical style, the Detroit Pistons are known by this nickname
The Bad Boys
1989
This Yugoslavian center begins playing for the Lakers
Vlade Divac
1988
Magic Johnson kisses this player during the NBA finals
Isiah Thomas
1987
This "Round Mound of Rebound" leads the league in rebounds,
the shortest player ever to do so
Charles Barkley
1986
This player wins his third consecutive MVP award
Larry Bird
1985
This Georgetown player is selected #1 in the NBA draft
Patrick Ewing
1984
This lawyer becomes commissioner of the NBA
David Stern
1983
This company replaces Wilson as official providers of the NBA game ball
Spalding
1982
This coach wins his first of five NBA championships
Pat Riley
1981
Lloyd B. Free officially changes his name to this
World B. Free
1980
This player wins his 6th MVP award, the most of any player in history
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1979
This now-defunct team wins its first and only championship
Seattle Supersonics
1978
This "iceman" leads the league in scoring
George Gervin
1977
This MVP leads the Trailblazers to an NBA championship
Bill Walton
1976
This league merges with the NBA
ABA
1975
This Warrior is named Finals MVP; today he is best known for shooting
underhanded free throws
Rick Barry
1974
The Jazz become the league's 18th franchise, playing in this city
New Orleans
1973
This "tiny" point guard leads the league with 34.0 points per game
Tiny Archibald
1972
This player wins his second NBA championship and averages
19.2 rebounds per game
Wilt Chamberlain
1971
This legend retires 9 games into the season as the leading scorer in
Lakers history. Unfortunately for him, the Lakers would start a 33 game
win streak that same night.
Elgin Baylor
1970
This player, the highest scorer in NCAA history, is chosen by the Hawks
with the 3rd pick in the draft
Pete Maravich
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Level 56
Mar 4, 2013
100% with 3:44 left
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Level 16
Mar 27, 2013
Aced it with 3:55 left. Great quiz.
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Level 32
May 17, 2018
3:49 here. I think we might be following this league a bit too intently.
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Level 65
May 30, 2013
got 29!
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Level 48
Feb 23, 2016
Yep......Isiah
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Level ∞
Nov 18, 2016
Fixed
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Level 15
Sep 6, 2016
ya
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Level 26
Jul 7, 2017
This was a really fun quiz. Would love to see more NBA quizzes like this, and maybe add in some international basketball trivia.
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Level 59
Jun 14, 2019
not a big BB fan but i enjoyed the quiz , i typed Vlad Divac and no correct answer , which i thought a bit strict , being i need all the help i can get 28 of 40
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Vlad Divac would have worked, but I recommend typing simply the last name.
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Level 51
Sep 21, 2019
You've done basketball, football, and baseball, why not fill out the Big Four and make a hockey by year quiz?
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Level 50
Oct 15, 2019
Can you make "Bad Boy Pistons" an acceptable answer for the question about the nickname of the physical Pistons team?
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Sure
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Level 19
Jan 31, 2020
great quiz
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Level 88
Feb 13, 2020
The back-to-back Johnsons seems like a missed opportunity. Could maybe change to Reggie Lewis, who died of a heart attack during practice that year?
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Level 25
Mar 9, 2020
True
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Replaced Larry Johnson with a question about Dennis Rodman.
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Level 83
Dec 3, 2020
Love this quiz.