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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: November 5, 2019
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 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 NBA MVP.
Hakeem Olajuwon
1993
This player suddenly retires to go play baseball.
Michael Jordan
1992
This player, nicknamed "Grandmama", is named Rookie of the Year.
Larry Johnson
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 with 14.6 rebounds per game,
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
his free throws underhand.
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 38
Mar 3, 2013
Great quiz!
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level 53
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 59
May 30, 2013
got 29!
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level 17
Feb 26, 2015
***Isiah
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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 56
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 49
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 48
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 19
Jan 31, 2020
great quiz
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level 85
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 23
Mar 9, 2020
True