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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This "zen master" becomes coach of the Lakers
Phil Jackson
This team wins its 6th championship in 8 years
Chicago Bulls
This team changes its name to the Washington Wizards
Washington Bullets
This player leaves the Magic to join the Lakers
Shaquille O'Neal
The Grizzlies become the league's 29th franchise, playing in this city
This Nigerian player is named MVP
Hakeem Olajuwon
This player suddenly retires to play baseball
Michael Jordan
This player wins his first of seven consecutive rebounding titles
Dennis Rodman
This NBA legend announces that he is HIV positive
Magic Johnson
Due to their physical style, the Detroit Pistons are known by this nickname
The Bad Boys
This Yugoslavian center begins playing for the Lakers
Vlade Divac
Magic Johnson kisses this player during the NBA finals
Isiah Thomas
This "Round Mound of Rebound" leads the league in rebounds,
the shortest player ever to do so
Charles Barkley
This player wins his third consecutive MVP award
Larry Bird
This Georgetown player is selected #1 in the NBA draft
Patrick Ewing
This lawyer becomes commissioner of the NBA
David Stern
This company replaces Wilson as official providers of the NBA game ball
This coach wins his first of five NBA championships
Pat Riley
Lloyd B. Free officially changes his name to this
World B. Free
This player wins his 6th MVP award, the most of any player in history
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
This now-defunct team wins its first and only championship
Seattle Supersonics
This "iceman" leads the league in scoring
George Gervin
This MVP leads the Trailblazers to an NBA championship
Bill Walton
This league merges with the NBA
This Warrior is named Finals MVP; today he is best known for shooting
underhanded free throws
Rick Barry
The Jazz become the league's 18th franchise, playing in this city
New Orleans
This "tiny" point guard leads the league with 34.0 points per game
Tiny Archibald
This player wins his second NBA championship and averages
19.2 rebounds per game
Wilt Chamberlain
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
This player, the highest scorer in NCAA history, is chosen by the Hawks
with the 3rd pick in the draft
Pete Maravich
Level 62
Mar 4, 2013
100% with 3:44 left
Level 16
Mar 27, 2013
Aced it with 3:55 left. Great quiz.
Level 30
May 17, 2018
3:49 here. I think we might be following this league a bit too intently.
Level 65
May 30, 2013
got 29!
Level 48
Feb 23, 2016
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Nov 18, 2016
Level 15
Sep 6, 2016
Level 24
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.
Level 60
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
Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Vlad Divac would have worked, but I recommend typing simply the last name.
Level 20
May 22, 2021
His name is Vlade Divac pronounced V-L-A-D-I-E Divac
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?
Level 52
Oct 15, 2019
Can you make "Bad Boy Pistons" an acceptable answer for the question about the nickname of the physical Pistons team?
Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Level 19
Jan 31, 2020
great quiz
Level 90
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?
Level 25
Mar 9, 2020
Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Replaced Larry Johnson with a question about Dennis Rodman.
Level 88
Dec 3, 2020
Love this quiz.
Level 73
Apr 25, 2021
maybe the picture is new, but how is Pistol Pete last?
Level 79
Apr 25, 2021
One of these days I'll learn how to spell Olajuwon.
Level 44
Apr 26, 2021
"This MVP leads the trailblazers..."

Bill Walton is a finals MVP, not a regular season MVP, should that be specified?

Level 20
May 25, 2021
He also won the 1977 NBA MVP award

He also led the league in rebounds that season.

Level 69
Apr 26, 2021
Do the SuperSonics really count as defunct? They moved and changed names, but the OKC Thunder are still technically the same team. I would consider defunct teams as those who actually folded, like the Baltimore Bullets (1947-1954), the Chicago Stags (1946-1950), the Providence Steamrollers (1946-1949), the St. Louis Bombers (1946-1950), or the Washington Capitols (1946-1951).
Level 44
Apr 29, 2021
Debatable whether Magic kissed Isiah or the other way around...
Level 20
May 22, 2021
Tiny is not his real name it is Nate Archibald.
Level 75
Jul 6, 2022
Seattle isn't defunct. It's just now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Utah Jazz aren't defunct and neither are the Washington Wizards. One changed cities and the other changed names. To be defunct do you have to change both?