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When I retired, I had played in more games than any other player, and won three rings as part of the Boston "Big Three" in the '80s. I have scored over 20,000 career points. Who am I?

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Robert Parish was the iron man of basketball. He played in 1611 games over 21 seasons in the NBA, winning three championships with the Boston Celtics. Parish finished his career with 23,334 points and over 14,000 boards.

When did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Win His Last NBA MVP Award?

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In 1979, the Lakers acquired first overall draft pick Magic Johnson. The trade and draft paved the way for a Laker dynasty as they went on to become the most dominant team of the 1980s, appearing in the finals eight times and winning five NBA championships. Individually, while Abdul-Jabbar was not the dominant center he had been in the 1970s, he experienced a number of highlight moments. Among them were his record sixth MVP award in 1980, four more All-NBA First Team designations, two more All-Defense First Team designations, the 1985 Finals MVP, and on April 5, 1984 breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record for most career points. Later in his career, he bulked up to about 265 pounds (120 kg), to be able to withstand the strain of playing the highly physical center position into his early 40s.
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How Many Titles Did Magic Johnson Win?

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Magic Johnson won 5 NBA titles (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988).

What was Isiah Thomas's number on the Detriot Pistons?

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Which Team Has Not Retired Moses Malone's Jersey?

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The Rockets retired his No. 24 jersey in 1998, and the 76ers retired his No. 2 on February 8, 2019.

When Did Magic Johnson Win His First NBA MVP Award?

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In the 1986-87 season, Johnson averaged a career-high of 23.9 points, as well as 12.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game, and earned his first regular season MVP award. The Lakers met the Celtics for the third time in the NBA Finals, and in Game 4 Johnson hit a last-second hook shot over Celtics big men Parish and Kevin McHale to win the game 107–106. The game-winning shot, which Johnson dubbed his "junior, junior, junior sky-hook", helped Los Angeles defeat Boston in six games. Johnson was awarded his third Finals MVP title after averaging 26.2 points on .541 shooting, 13.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.33 steals per game.
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What Position Did Kevin McHale Play?

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What Number Did Clyde Drexler Wear?

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Where Did Michael Jordan Play College Basketball?

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As a freshman in coach Dean Smith's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 ppg on 53.4% shooting (field goal percentage). He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons with the Tar Heels, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rpg. He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA draft. The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick, after Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) and Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers). One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted sooner was because the first two teams were in need of a center. However, Trail Blazers general manager Stu Inman contended that it was not a matter of drafting a center, but more a matter of taking Sam Bowie over Jordan, in part because Portland already had Clyde Drexler, who was a guard with similar skills to Jordan. ESPN, citing Bowie's injury-laden college career, named the Blazers' choice of Bowie as the worst draft pick in North American professional sports history. Jordan returned to North Carolina to complete his degree in 1986. He graduated the same year with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography.
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Which two teams selected players ahead of Michael Jordan?

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The year was 1984. Houston selected Hakeem Olajuwon, who went on to become great, and Portland selected Sam Bowie, who was plagued by injuries and never became an effective player. Jordan was selected third by Chicago and the rest is history.

Which Team Drafted Dominique Wilkins in 1982?

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Wilkins was selected third overall (behind James Worthy and Terry Cummings) by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 NBA draft. However, Wilkins was not willing to play in Utah. At the same time, the Jazz were reeling from cash flow problems. As a result, the Jazz traded Wilkins to the Atlanta Hawks several months after the draft for John Drew, Freeman Williams and $1 million in cash. Despite Wilkins's reluctance to play in Utah, the trade is now considered among the most lopsided deals in NBA history, as Drew and Williams would play a combined four seasons for the Jazz.
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How Many NBA Finals MVP Awards Did Larry Bird Win?

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Larry Bird won two NBA Final MVP awards in 1984 and 1986.

Who was the first ever NBA lottery pick?

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1985 was the first year for the lottery. Before that they did a coin toss to determine one and two.

Who was Taken First in the 1984 NBA Draft?

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When was Charles Barkley Named the NBA Rebounding Leader?

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Barkley is the shortest player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding when he averaged a career high 14.6 rebounds per game during the 1986–87 season.

When Did Michael Jordan Win His First NBA MVP Award?

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Jordan led the league in scoring during the 1987–88 season, averaging 35.0 ppg on 53.5% shooting and won his first league MVP Award. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year, as he had averaged 1.6 blocks and a league high 3.16 steals per game. The Bulls finished 50–32, and made it out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in Jordan's career, as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. However, the Bulls then lost in five games to the more experienced Detroit Pistons, who were led by Isiah Thomas and a group of physical players known as the "Bad Boys".
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Which Pick was Isiah Thomas in the 1981 NBA Draft?

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In the 1981 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons chose Thomas with the No. 2 pick and signed him to a four-year, $1.6 million contract. Thomas started for the Eastern Conference in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game and made the All-Rookie Team.
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When Did Isiah Thomas Win His First NBA Championship?

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In the 1988–89 season, Thomas, along with teammates Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, Vinnie Johnson, Dennis Rodman, James Edwards, John Salley, Bill Laimbeer, and Mark Aguirre, guided his team to a 63–19 record. Detroit played a brash and dominating brand of basketball through the playoffs that led to their nickname "Bad Boys". First they defeated Boston, which had been suffering persistent injuries. Michael Jordan and the up-and-coming Chicago Bulls fell next in the Conference Finals, setting up an NBA Finals rematch with the Lakers. Byron Scott and Magic Johnson facing sudden leg injuries before the NBA Finals due to Pat Riley's (coach of the Lakers at that time) 3 day mini camp. So this time the Pistons dominated, sweeping the Lakers in four games to win their first of back-to-back championships.
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Who was the First Pick in the 1982 NBA Draft?

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The Los Angeles Lakers had received the Cleveland Cavaliers' 1982 first-round draft pick in a 1979 exchange for Don Ford. The Cavaliers finished with the NBA's worst record in the 1981–82 season, leaving a coin toss to decide whether they or the worst record runner-up San Diego Clippers would get the first overall pick in the upcoming draft. The Lakers won the flip, the first and only time for a reigning league champion. They chose Worthy.
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How Many Points Did James Worthy Average in the 1988 NBA Finals?

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Worthy led the Lakers in scoring in the 1988 play-offs and led the NBA in points scored during the play-offs. During the Finals against the Pistons Worthy once again excelled, averaging 22 ppg, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in the series. A 28-point, 9 rebound Game 6 and monster 36-16-10 triple double that carried the Lakers to victory in Game 7 of the Finals earned Worthy the NBA Finals MVP award.
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What was Dominique Wilkins Named in 1986?

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On April 10, 1986, Dominique Wilkins used a monster performance to secure the 1985-86 scoring title.

In a 126-117 Atlanta Hawks win against the New Jersey Nets, Wilkins had 57 points on 21-for-37 shooting. Doing so pushed his season scoring average to 30.3 points per game -- enough to edge out the Utah Jazz's Adrian Dantley (29.83 ppg) and Denver Nuggets' Alex English (29.8 ppg) for the scoring title.
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This player won the MVP in back-to-back years in the early 80s with different teams. Who was it?

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Moses won the NBA MVP twice with Houston in 79' and 82', and once with Philadephia in 83', the same year they won the championship.

What Was The First Year Dominique Wilkins Won the Slam Dunk Contest?

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Wilkins participated in five slam dunk contests, winning two. His first was in 1984, in Denver. Wilkins finished third, behind Larry Nance and Julius Erving. In 1985, in Indianapolis, he beat Michael Jordan in the finals. In Dallas in 1986, a Jordan-Wilkins rematch was put on hold, since Jordan was injured. Wilkins reached the finals where he was defeated by his 5'7" teammate, Spud Webb.

The 1988 Slam Dunk Contest featured a rematch between Wilkins and Jordan. Jordan won in the final, beating Wilkins by two points. Wilkins' first two dunks of the finals earned scores of 50 from judges. On his third and final attempt, Wilkins' completed a thunderous windmill dunk from the left side. Soaring high above the floor, Wilkins' head nearly hit the rim. Wilkins received a standing ovation from players and fans in attendance, but was awarded a low score of 45. The judges opened the door for Jordan to win the Chicago-based event with a score of only 48. Jordan closed out the event with 50-point dunk, taking perhaps the contest's most controversial crown.

In 1990 Wilkins made his final appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest, going up against new promising stars such as Kenny Smith, Scottie Pippen and Kenny Walker (the 1989 champion). He defeated Kenny Smith of the Sacramento Kings in the final round.
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Who was Named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1986?

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Although injuries marred his first year in the league, Ewing was voted NBA Rookie of the Year and named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. Soon after he was considered one of the premier centers in the league.
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When Did Magic Johnson and Larry Bird First Meet in the NBA Finals?

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Magic Johnson and Larry Bird first met in the NBA Finals in 1984. The Celtics took down the Lakers in a close series 4-3.

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