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How many picks used to be in the NBA draft?

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Every June fans line up waiting to see who their favorite NBA team will select in the draft. In today's NBA it is a pretty straight forward process. Each team normally has 1 pick in the first round, and 1 pick in the second round based on their record and maybe a little luck in the draft lottery. But in the long history of the NBA draft things have not always been that simple. Before the league started to curtail the draft in 1988 the rounds could go on and on indefinitely if they wanted them too. For example the 1960 draft had 21 rounds and the 1984 draft seen 228 players drafted.

The process for the draft became cumbersome and the majority of the players selected after round three never played in the NBA. Several of the early drafts did not keep accurate records so its unknown which players went where in the draft, each team is just listed as having selected players listed in an alphabetical record. Basketball betting tips for the experts suggest that most of these players never even knew where they were drafted and the majority of them did not care as they planned to focus on other endeavors rather than the NBA.

Than there was the territorial picks. For a time in the NBA a team was allowed to forfeit their first round pick to select a local product that the league thought would help boost attendance to the games. While it was true that these picks did help boost attendance and fan interest, it was several taken advantage of as several really good teams got better by using giving up their late first round pick to get a superstar. There was a total of 23 territorial picks made in NBA history between 1949 and 1965 and 13 of them are in the hall-of-fame and two others were all-stars. Teams had a better chance of landing a hall-of-fame player than they did a bust at nearly 2-1 odds.

The Philadelphia Warriors were particularly keen on using the territorial pick process and some said cheated the system in 1959 when they selected Kansas product Wilt Chamberlain with a pick. The Warriors argued that Chamberlain was eligible because he was born in Philadelphia and the NBA agreed with them. The Warriors also used the territorial pick process to select hall-of-fame players Paul Arizin, Tom Gola, Guy Rodgers, and of course Chamberlain. In total the Warriors used the pick seven times between 1950 and 1959.

As the league grew and disputes among teams of who had what territory sprang up the NBA got rid of the process. Losing the territorial pick concept helped the NBA diversify its talent and allowed more teams to get superstar players. Could you image the Hornets having a first shot at every Duke and North Carolina player coming out of college, or Cavaliers getting every Kentucky product? It would dilute the league and make it unwatchable.

As more teams entered the NBA the draft became more and more important and it grew rapidly. In 1947 there was 80 players selected, and that number would grow rapidly until 1970 when 239 players were drafted.

There was no formal rules about how many picks a team had or what round the draft ended in, teams would just keep drafting until they got tired of drafting. Most teams would drop out of the draft at ten rounds, but some teams would keep going alternating between the teams that were left until everyone was done drafting. Several times one team would be all that was making a pick in a particular round.

The first limit to be imposed on the NBA draft was done in 1974 to limit the draft to just 10 rounds. One reason for this is because the later rounds of the draft became pretty ridculas with teams drafting celebrities, ball boys and in one occasion a team attempted to select House of Representatives Minority leader Gerald Ford. The League would not allow the unnamed team to draft Ford, who was a stellar basketball player and likely had no intentions of ever player in the NBA, but the NBA did allow teams to draft other famous athletes like Carl Lewis, Bruce Jenner, and Dave Winfield.

With Lewis, Jenner, and Winfield and even Ford, these guys were world class athletes and Lewis and Winfield at least played basketball so the picks were not out there. Two dubious selections where made by the Hawks and Sixers. The Hawks selected GM Pat Williams newborn baby in 1984 and the Sixers selected a pharmacist and fried of the owner, a 47 year old named Norman Horvitz.

Sometimes teams drafted athletes in other sports with the intentions of trying to woe them to the NBA. This happened with Tony Gwynn and Danny Ainge. Gwynn was selected by both the Padres and the Clippers on the same day, but chose to play baseball instead. Ainge originally joined the Bluejays organization but would eventually chose the Celtics in the NBA and go on to have a lengthy career in the NBA as a player, coach and general manager. These picks are not usually considered to be too crazy as the teams had good intentions of using them. Other crazy picks by NBA teams continued even after limited the rounds to just 10. The New Orleans Jazz drafted a female player named Lusia Harris in the 7th round of the 1977 draft.

Fan interest in the draft was non existent as well. Nobody cared beyond the first two picks for each team and many players drafted beyond the third round never even bothered to show up to the teams and started their careers elsewhere.

What really started to bring and end to the 10 round drafts was the collective bargaining agreement. Players wanted to have more control over their free agency and if a team had a drafted players rights they could prevent them from signing at a more adventitious location.

In 1985 the league announced that it would be slowly phasing out the 10 round draft starting in 1987. However, the 1987 draft went the full 10 rounds and it was not until 1988 that the draft was cut to just three rounds. The three rounds were cut even further in 1989 to just the two that we see today.

The huge 10 plus round drafts were really inefficient for the NBA. Few players drafted beyond the 60th pick even played in the NBA and the chances that one of them become a star was next to zilch. The highest drafted player in NBA history was Dale Wilkinson who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in 1982 with the 221st pick overall. Wilkinson played 12 games in the 1984-85 between the Pistons and the Clippers.

Only 132 players in NBA history that were selected with the 100th pick or higher ended up playing in the NBA. Only a handful had what would be considered a good NBA career. Some notables from this group of players are Artis Gilmore, Randy Smith, Dan Issell, and Ron Boone. While there were some notable hits, the misses way outnumber the hits.

Cutting the draft down to just 2 rounds has lead to a much more marketable draft and has forced teams to draft better. Today millions of people watch both rounds of the NBA draft on prime time TV. The NFL does well during the first round but after that only die hards pay attention. The MLB draft is not even on prime time. In the end it made a better product for the fans and the league as a whole.
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Who was MIP in 2003?

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In the 2002–03 NBA season, his sophomore season, Arenas received the NBA Most Improved Player Award and was named Most Valuable Player of the Rookie-Sophomore game during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
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What team has the most losses in a single season?

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The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers had a record 73 loses in a single season. The 2015-16 Philadelphia 76ers had the second worst NBA record with 72 loses in a single season.

Who has won the most dunk contests of all time?

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Nate Robinson has won the slam dunk contest a record three times (2006, 2009, 2010). Robinson is one of six players to have won the dunk contest more than once and one of four to win the dunk contest in back-to-back years.
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Who are the 5 players that have won 4 or more MVP awards?

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6 MVP Awards - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)
5 MVP Awards - Bill Russell (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965)
5 MVP Awards - Michael Jordan (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
4 MVP Awards - Wilt Chamberlain (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968)
4 MVP Awards - LeBron James (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
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How many three-pointers has Shaq made?

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Shaq has only hit one three-pointer in his entire career. He only attempted 22 in 20 seasons in the league. He shot 11 in his first four years in Orlando and hit one. He shot four his first year with the Lakers and only shot seven over the next 15 seasons.
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How many All-Star teams have John Stockton and Karl Malone played together?

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John Stockton and Karl Malone have played together 9 times (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000). Karl Malone did not play in 1990 due to an injury and was replaced by Rolando Blackman. No All-Star game was played in 1999 due to the NBA lockout.
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Who is the only woman to ever be officially drafted by an NBA team?

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The New Orleans Jazz drafted Luisa Harris in the seventh round of the 1977 draft, making her the first and only woman to officially get drafted to the NBA. She declined interest and didn't attend tryouts because she was pregnant at the time.
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How many quadruple-doubles have happened in NBA history?

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There has never been a quintuple-double in the NBA, and there have only been four quadruple-doubles:
- Nate Thurmond (1974 - 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 blocks)
- Alvin Robertson (1986 - 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals)
- Hakeem Olajuwon (1990 - 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocks, and 10 assists)
- David Robinson (1994 - 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks)
Out of the 4, Robertson was the only guard while the rest played predominately center in their NBA careers.
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What is the name of the dunk Vince Carter performed over a 7-3 center, Frédéric Weis, from France?

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Weis is known for having been posterized by the United States' Vince Carter, during a basketball game between the U.S. and France at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games on 25 September 2000. After getting the ball off a steal, the 6'6" (1.98 m) Carter drove to the basket and spread his legs as he jumped over the 7'2" (2.18 m) Weis before dunking the ball ferociously. The French media dubbed the slam "le dunk de la mort": "the dunk of death". The U.S. won the game 106–94. In an ESPN story published on the 15th anniversary of the dunk, Weis said that Carter "deserves to make history. Sadly for me, I was on the video, too. I learned people can fly."
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What year was the NBA founded?

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The NBA was founded in New York City in June of 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In 1949 the league merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) and began calling itself the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Who is the youngest player in NBA history?

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The youngest player ever to play in the NBA was Andrew Bynum, who played his first game only six days after his 18th birthday.

Who is the youngest player to reach 30,000 points?

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LeBron was 33 years, 24 days, three weeks removed from his birthday on Dec. 30 when he reached 30,000 career points.

What team has the most first overall picks?

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The Cavaliers have the most first overall picks with 6 (1971, 1986, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2014)

How many years did Dennis Rodman lead the league in rebounding?

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Dennis Rodman has won a record seven consecutive rebounding titles (1991-1998). Dennis also holds the NBA record of being the oldest player to lead the league in rebounding: 36 years, 341 days on April 19, 1998.
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Which franchise has won the most MVPs? (The MVP only counts towards the them that the player won it on)

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Celtics - 10 MVP Awards (1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1973, 1984, 1985, 1986)
Lakers - 8 MVP Awards (1976, 1977, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2008)
76ers - 6 MVP Awards (1966, 1967, 1968, 1981, 1983, 2001)
Bulls - 6 MVP Awards (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2011)
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Wilt Chamberlain has 6 of the top 11 highest scoring games of all time (Wilt is tied with another player for the tenth position). Who are the other 5 players in the top 11?

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1. Wilt Chamberlain 100 1962-03-02
2. Kobe Bryant 81 2006-01-22
3. Wilt Chamberlain 78 1961-12-08
4. David Thompson 73 1978-04-09
Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962-11-16
Wilt Chamberlain 73 1962-01-13
7. Wilt Chamberlain 72 1962-11-03
8. David Robinson 71 1994-04-24
Elgin Baylor 71 1960-11-15
10. Devin Booker 70 2017-03-24
Wilt Chamberlain 70 1963-03-10
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Which conference has won the most championships?

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There have been 73 NBA Championships in the league's history. Western Conference teams won 34 of them and Eastern Conference teams won 39 of them.

Who is the oldest player in NBA history?

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The oldest player ever to play in the NBA was Nat Hickey who played one game in the 1947–48 season when he was 45 years and 363 days old. Hickey, who was coaching the Providence Steamrollers at the time, decided to activate himself and played in a game for the Steamrollers.
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Who was traded a record 9 times in his career?

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One of the players who I felt most teams would have had on their roster at some point of time or the other during the 1990s. For the amount of interest he generated, he was traded just 8 times.

Stats: 12 seasons, 10.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG and .513 FG%. He made it to the All-Star Team in 1997. Career Trades: Eight. Golden State to Miami, Dallas to New Jersey, New Jersey to Milwaukee, Milwaukee to Orlando, Orlando to Denver, Denver to Miami, Miami to Cleveland, Cleveland to Miami.

Most Famous Deals: Golden State traded him to Miami with Tim Hardaway in 1996, went with Sam Cassell and Jim Jackson to the Nets, tag-teamed with Cassell again to Milwaukee in a deal that sent Stephon Marbury to New Jersey, and made his third trip to Miami in 2001 in the MacLean deal.

Bonus trade: Gatling was actually included in nine trades if you consider the fact the pick which was used to select him in the 1991 draft was sent from Philadelphia to Golden State in 1990 for Manute Bol.
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In the 61’- 62’ season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points per game, 22.9 rebounds per game and scored 100 points in a game but did not win MVP. Who did?

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Why did Bill Russell win the MVP over Wilt Chamberlain in the 1961-62 season?

Are we missing something, or did Wilt deserve the MVP? During that season, he averaged unfathomable 50 PPG and 25 RPG! Not to mention the iconic 100 point game, which happened the same season. So how in the world did he not win?

Bill Russell had a fantastic season too, but when it comes down to the numbers, he had much lower stats than Wilt with about 19 PPG and 24 RPG. Some people would argue that Oscar Robertson should’ve been voted higher than Russell, seeing as that was the year Robertson averaged a triple-double with 30 PPG.

Russell’s Boston Celtics had the best record in the league (60-20) and went on to win the NBA title that year. Wilt’s Philadelphia Warriors were 49-31 (a third-best record), and Oscar’s Cincinnati Royals were 43-37 (fourth-best).

The MVP voting was Russell with 297 points, Wilt 152, and Oscar 135. It seems harsh to have Wilt’s numbers and not win the MVP Award and to have the first triple-double for a season in NBA history (Oscar) and to come in third in the MVP voting.

MVP was voted by fellow players.

Back then, MVP was voted by fellow players, and they liked Russell more. He also averaged a lot of minutes and played pretty good defense, so maybe the rest of the league felt he was more “valuable.”

Bill Simmons wrote about this particular controversy in his book. He argued that it was because Chamberlain was somewhat selfish, obsessed with the stats, and didn’t care about winning nearly as much where Bill was ultimately the complete opposite.

Basketball Reasons.

When it comes down to it, 11 more wins for the Celtics is a good enough reason for Bill to be MVP. Relatively, Wilt might’ve been of way more value to his team, but Bill won them a lot more games.

Ultimately, there’s more to basketball than just stats. Bill Russell was considered the real engine of the Celtics. Sure, Wilt had arguably the most dominant season by any individual in basketball history, but Russell catalyzed that Celtics team to team-based greatness.
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Who holds the record for most free-throws made in a row?

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Michael Williams made 97 free throws in a row for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1993 over two seasons. He hit 84 of them consecutively in a single season, and the second-place leader (Calvin Murphy in 1981) hit 78 in a row.
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Who are the only 3 players to win the MVP award 3 years in a row?

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Bill Russell – 1961, 1962, 1963
Wilt Chamberlain – 1966, 1967, 1968
Larry Bird – 1984, 1985, 1986

Who is the tallest player in NBA history?

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Standing 7-foot-7 and apparently weighing around 200 pounds (how is that even possible?), Bol had a 10-year NBA playing career from 1985 through 1995, spending time with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.

While Bol’s overall skill left much to be desired, he was, not surprisingly, a master shot blocker. He led the league in blocks twice, averaging five blocks per game during his rookie year and 4.3 swats a night in his fourth season.

Over the course of his tenure, Bol logged an impressive 3.3 blocks per game (and an insane 6.4 blocks per 36 minutes), but didn’t do a whole lot else.

Two other NBA players the same height as Manute Bol include Gheorghe Muresan and Slavko Vranes.
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Which NBA team was most recently founded?

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The New Orleans Hornets (currently the New Orlean Pelicans) was founded in 2002 when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets, George Shinn, relocated the franchise to New Orleans.

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