659 Facts About Basketball

1. Steve Kerr has coached the Warriors to three of the last four NBA championships.

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2. Jason Kidd retired on June 3, 2013, after one season with the Knicks and 19 seasons in the NBA.

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3. Vince Carter has donated to his high school, Mainland, as well as the foundation he established upon being drafted into the NBA in 1998, The Embassy of Hope.

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4. Gary Payton was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team a record nine consecutive seasons, and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1996, the first guard to win the award in 8 years.

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5. Stephan Marbury was selected fourth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA draft, then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the draft rights to Ray Allen and a future first-round pick.

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6. On January 21, 2010, Dwight Howard was named as the starting center for the East in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.

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7. Dwyane Wade missed the first game of his final NBA season on Wednesday night, and for good reason.

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8. Stephan Marbury was selected out of Georgia Tech by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 4th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, but was traded shortly thereafter to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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9. The San Antonio Spurs have consistently posted winning road records during this period, including an NBA-record longest single road trip winning streak.

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10. Steve Kerr is a seven-time NBA champion, winning 5 as a player, and 2 as a head coach.

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11. Chris Webber began collecting them upon entering the NBA, starting with the purchase of two slave records.

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12. Chris Paul was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, where he developed into one of the league's premier players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008.

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13. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry's NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with his 14th.

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14. The NBA originated in 1946 with 11 teams, and through a sequence of team expansions, reductions, and relocations currently consists of 30 teams.

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15. The NBA is the only league that regularly schedules games on Christmas Day.

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16. The Minneapolis Lakers lost the first game of the NBA Finals to Philadelphia, but that only proved to be a temporary blip, as they swept the next four games to claim their second consecutive championship.

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17. Russell Westbrook moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles, with the 107th of his career matching Jason Kidd's total.

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18. Minneapolis Lakers reached the NBA Finals in 1984 by roaring past the Kansas City Kings, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Phoenix Suns in the early rounds.

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19. Minneapolis Lakers were favored to repeat as NBA champs that season.

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20. The NBA Live would become the first major North American professional sports league to allow corporate sponsorship logos on official team uniforms, and the last to have a uniform manufacturer logo appear on its team uniforms.

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21. Michael Jordan averaged a Finals-record 41.0 ppg during the six-game series, and became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Finals MVP awards.

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22. Charles Barkley proved to be the pivotal player Phoenix needed to advance to the NBA championships.

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23. The San Antonio Spurs would go on to win the 2014 NBA Championship, 4 games to 1.

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24. Russell Westbrook becomes the fifth player in NBA history to register a triple-double in a playoff Game 7.

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25. Vince Carter began his second year as the heir apparent to retired NBA great Michael Jordan.

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26. Kobe Bryant won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1997 and is its youngest winner.

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27. Dwight Howard chose to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic.

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28. The Golden State Warriors have won three of the four NBA Finals in which they faced the Cavs, winning in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

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29. Bill Russell is universally seen as one of the best NBA players ever, and was declared "Greatest Player in the History of the NBA" by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America in 1980.

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30. Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.

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31. In 1964, the Boston Celtics became the first NBA team to have an all African-American starting lineup.

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32. In February 2003, Vince Carter gave up his starting spot in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game to Michael Jordan to allow Jordan to make his final start as an All-Star.

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33. Devin Booker deposits 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting and becomes the fifth-youngest player in NBA history to score 5,000 career points.

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34. Steph Curry is currently one of the most successful players in the NBA, and he has become an international celebrity, on par with four-time MVP LeBron James.

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35. Shaquille O'Neal left school and entered the NBA draft in 1992 and was taken with the first pick by the Orlando Magic.

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36. Golden State Warriors are and will always be Curry's team owing to the point guard having been drafted by them and growing up to be the undisputed leader of the team that has gone onto dominate the NBA in recent seasons—the Bay Area team have won three championships in the last four years and could make it three straight in 2019.

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37. Derrick Rose chose Memphis because of the school's history of putting players in the NBA and the prospect of Rod Strickland, a 17-year veteran of the league, mentoring him.

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38. Paul Pierce starred as captain of the Celtics, earning ten All-Star nods and becoming a four-time All-NBA team member.

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39. The Los Angeles Lakers earned the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and selected Brandon Ingram from Duke University.

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40. Dirk Nowitzki is the sixth player in NBA history, and the first European, to hit the 30,000-point milestone.

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41. Devin Booker became just the sixth player in NBA history to break the 70-point barrier.

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42. On December 5, 2016, Klay Thompson made history by becoming the first player in NBA history to score 60 points in less than 30 minutes of action.

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43. Paul Pierce was selected with the 10th overall pick in 1998 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, a team he despised growing up.

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44. On June 25, 2015, Devin Booker, was selected with the thirteenth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2015 NBA draft.

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45. Derrick Rose played one year of college basketball for the Memphis Tigers before being drafted first overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA draft.

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46. Karl Malone maintained a high level of play even at age 40, becoming the oldest player to both log a triple-double and to be a starter on an NBA Finals-bound team.

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47. Dwyane Wade is more than halfway through his final season, and the Miami Heat superstar made note of some of the more iconic moments from of his outstanding NBA career by documenting them on a shirt.

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48. Dirk Nowitzki became one of only 3 players in NBA history with at least 1,000 3-pointers and blocks, joining Clifford Robinson and Rasheed Wallace.

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49. Dwight Howard garnered a record 3.1 million votes to earn the starting berth on the Eastern Conference team for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.

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50. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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51. In 2014, Michael Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history.

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52. LeBron James became just the fifth player in NBA history to eclipse 32,000 points during the contest.

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53. Dwight Howard reported to camp for his second NBA season having added 20 pounds of muscle during the off-season.

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54. In 2016, LeBron James led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors to end Cleveland's 52-year professional sports title drought.

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55. Jason Kidd was the second pick in the 1994 NBA draft, and he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks.

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56. Charles Barkley left before his final year at Auburn and made himself eligible for the 1984 NBA draft.

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57. The Lakers lost the Western Conference Semifinals in six games as the San Antonio Spurs advanced and went on to claim their second NBA title.

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58. Dwyane Wade is making his final season in the NBA count.

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59. LeBron James was selected for the NBA All-Star Game for the first time in 2005, and would go on to earn a spot in the annual showcase in each of the next 14 seasons.

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60. Michael Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game).

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61. Vince Carter won NBA Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 18.3 points and throwing down countless highlight-reel dunks.

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62. Shaquille O'Neal left LSU early to pursue his NBA career, but continued his education even after becoming a professional player.

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63. On December 23, 2009, JR Smith scored a season-high 41 points against the Atlanta Hawks, becoming first NBA player ever to record multiple games of 10+ 3-pointers.

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64. Jason Kidd helped engineer one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the league's history, taking the long-moribund Nets to consecutive NBA finals in his first two seasons with the team.

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65. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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66. On May 24, 1994, Isaiah Thomas was introduced as the vice president of basketball operations for the expansion Toronto Raptors, the first NBA franchise located outside the United States.

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67. The Boston Celtics were able to take down two of the NBA's more explosive teams in the Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

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68. Derrick Rose was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.

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69. The NBA Summer League is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

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70. Draymond Green found something really important in his life and is working to support his family through his successful NBA career.

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71. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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72. Steve Kerr is an eight-time NBA champion, having won five titles as a player as well as three with the Warriors as a head coach.

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73. Dwyane Wade is one of the longest tenured NBA veterans still playing in the league today.

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74. The Minneapolis Lakers garnered their share of NBA records that year anyway.

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75. Draymond Green is already one of the best and most important players on an NBA Finals contending team, a valuable commodity in the NBA.

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76. On February 21, 2003, Michael Jordan became the first 40-year-old to tally 43 points in an NBA game.

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77. Along the way, the Lakers shattered the NBA mark of 20 consecutive victories set by the Milwaukee Bucks just one season before.

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78. Magic Johnson became the only rookie to win the NBA Finals MVP award, and his clutch performance is still regarded as one of the finest in NBA history.

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79. Dwyane Wade talks Carmelo Anthony returning to the NBA and what he meant to the Knicks' franchise.

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80. Carmelo Anthony could have gone straight into the NBA from high school like so many other players did in this time, but instead he opted to join Syracuse, who were struggling and began the season unranked.

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81. Dwyane Wade knows the clock is ticking on his NBA career.

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82. At this point, Carmelo Anthony announced his willingness to go pro and eligible for the 2003 NBA Draft.

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83. Vince Carter is one of only seven players ever to play at least 20 seasons in the NBA.

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84. Dwyane Wade is a professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Miami Heat.

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85. LaMarcus Aldridge finally declared for the 2006 NBA draft in April 2006 in his second year in college.

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86. Karl Malone led the NBA in free throws made a league-record seven times.

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87. In 1996, Hakeem Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States national team, and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

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88. Charles Barkley earned his third straight All-Star Game appearance and was named to the All-NBA First team for the second straight season.

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89. The NBA is one of only two of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada in which teams play every other team during the regular season.

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90. The Minneapolis Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year, and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1980 NBA Finals.

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91. Hakeem Olajuwon put up one of the most productive defensive seasons by an interior player in the history of the NBA.

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92. Wilt Chamberlain averaged 48.5 minutes per game —if you're scratching your head now, yes, NBA games are only 48 minutes long.

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93. Boston Celtics have an NBA record 17 Championships including 8 in a row, and 11 championships in 13 years.

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94. The Lakers were able to pull together and make the NBA Finals, only to lose in heartbreaking fashion to a now-dominant Celtics team.

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95. On July 3, 2013, Brad Stevens was signed as the head coach for the Boston Celtics to coach in the NBA.

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96. The LA Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.

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97. Stephen Curry maintains a meticulous preparation routine, a regimen patterned after years of watching his older brother, Stephen, ready himself for NBA and college games.

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98. Boston Celtics received the third and sixth draft picks in the 1997 NBA draft, and used the picks to select a brand new backcourt through Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer.

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99. Shaquille O'Neal scored 28,596 points during his career, the fifth highest in NBA history.

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100. Kevin Durant played one season of college basketball for the University of Texas, and was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA draft.

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101. Steve Kerr would lead the Warriors to the 2016 NBA Finals where they would again face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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102. Paul George has established himself as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.

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103. James Harden became the first NBA player to score 50 or more in consecutive games since Kobe Bryant did so in four straight in March 2007.

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104. In 1992, Shaquille O'Neal dropped out of college during his junior year to enter the NBA, where he played his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.

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105. On July 6, 2017, the NBA unveiled an updated rendition of its logo; it is largely identical to the previous design, except with revised typography and a "richer" color scheme.

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106. In 1988 Steve Kerr was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the NBA Draft.

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107. Russell Westbrook is widely recognized as one of the best all-around players in the NBA, having recorded 112 triple-doubles over his career.

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108. Klay Thompson is a professional basketball player who has become one of the best shooting guards in the NBA.

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109. Carmelo Anthony signing with the Houston Rockets was one of the bigger stories of the NBA offseason but the 10-time All-Star might already be on his way out.

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110. Kawhi Leonard won consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2015 and 2016.

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111. Dwight Howard led the Magic to their first division title in 12 years and to the third seed for the 2008 NBA Playoffs.

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112. From 2005 to 2008, the NBA had the distinction of being the only one of the four major leagues in which all teams play every other team.

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113. Houston Rockets guard James Harden reacts after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Toyota Center on Sunday, Jan 27, 2019, in Houston.

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114. Brad Stevens is an American basketball coach who currently heads to the Boston Celtics of the NBA.

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115. Kawhi Leonard was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career, as well as earning All-Defensive First Team honors for the third time in three years.

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116. The Lakers garnered their share of NBA records that year anyway.

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117. Shaquille O'Neal was named the Player of the Week in his first week in the NBA, becoming the first player to do so.

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118. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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119. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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120. In Game 6, the San Antonio Spurs were on the verge of winning their fifth NBA title.

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121. The Warriors won the Western Division crown that season, but lost the 1964 NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, four games to one.

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122. Vince Carter became the first 40-year-old in NBA history to hit six triples in one game.

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123. Kevin Durant enjoyed team success with the up-and-coming Thunder, pairing with explosive point guard Russell Westbrook and James Harden to reach the NBA finals in 2012.

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124. Draymond Green is one of the best defenders in the NBA, but if he wants the Defensive Player of the Year Award the way he expressed after Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, he.

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125. Dirk Nowitzki finished his DJK career as the only Wurzburg player to have ever made the NBA.

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126. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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127. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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128. The Boston Celtics would end up making the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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129. Pau Gasol is often compared to European NBA players Toni Kukoc and Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) for his scoring and rebounding prowess, as well as his quick adjustment to the more aggressive American style of play.

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130. The San Antonio Spurs would have to wait another 20 years to make it to their first NBA finals.

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131. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry believes the Milwaukee Bucks are the next big thing in the NBA, saying that they remind him of the Dubs of four years ago.

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132. Blake Griffin was again voted by the fans as a starter for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

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133. Kobe Bryant was voted to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive 1st teams, and came in third place in voting for the MVP award.

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134. Allen Iverson was named to the All NBA First team for his accomplishments.

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135. Jason Kidd joined Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple playoff series.

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136. Stephen Curry made eight three-pointers in the game to reach 200 for the season, becoming the first player in NBA history to make 200 three-pointers in four straight seasons.

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137. On Thursday night's "Inside the NBA", Sir Charles Barkley compared that sort of popularity-contest balloting to the 2016 presidential election.

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138. Klay Thompson had an NBA season-high and career-best performance for the highest-scoring output by a Golden State player in more than 42 years.

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139. At the time of the trade, Allen Iverson was the NBA's number two leading scorer with new teammate Carmelo Anthony being number one.

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140. Shaquille O'Neal never shied away from a comparison, so long as his place on Mount Rushmore of NBA Centers is universalized.

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141. Shaquille O'Neal is currently the oldest player in the NBA and is the only one of the 50 Greatest NBA players, as chosen in 1996, to still be playing in the NBA.

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142. James Harden made eight 3-pointers to extend his NBA record to 12 games in a row with at least five.

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143. Klay Thompson had an NBA season-high and career-best performance for the highest-scoring output by a Golden State player in more the 42 years.

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144. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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145. The Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year, and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1980 NBA Finals.

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146. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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147. Jerry West was a member of the first five NBA All-Defensive Teams, which were introduced when he was 32 years old.

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148. Wilt Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories.

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149. The NBA landed the most important college star of the era, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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150. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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151. James Harden helped the Thunder reach the 2012 NBA Finals, where they were defeated in five games by the Miami Heat.

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152. Dirk Nowitzki became the first European player in NBA history to receive the honor.

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153. Dominique Wilkins went on to finish the season with a 27.4 scoring average, good for sixth in the NBA.

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154. Steph Curry is the Warriors' all-time free-throw leader, and has led the NBA in free throw percentage four times.

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155. Allen Iverson was the first player under Coach Thompson to leave Georgetown early for the NBA.

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156. Dirk Nowitzki is setting an NBA record for the longest career spent with only one team as he enters his 21st season with the Mavericks.

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157. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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158. Son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, Kobe Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country.

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159. On July 1, 2011, at 12:01 am, the NBA Summer League announced another lockout.

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160. Golden State Warriors are and will always be Curry's team owing to the point guard having been drafted by them and growing up to be the undisputed leader of the team that has gone onto dominate the NBA in recent seasons—the Bay Area team have won three championships in the last four years and could make it three straight in 2019.

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161. Steve Kerr is the fourth coach in NBA history to win two championships in his first three seasons of coaching.

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162. Stephen Curry has every right to entertain any NBA star who passes through town.

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163. Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has passed Jason Richardson for 21st place on the NBA's all-time three-pointers list with 1,609 career makes.

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164. Draymond Green is over the moon after he and the Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA championship.

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165. Kawhi Leonard is only the third professional basketball player to ever do this in a season throughout the history of the NBA.

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166. The LA Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year, and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1980 NBA Finals.

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167. The San Antonio Spurs currently rank first among active franchises for the highest winning percentage in NBA history, and have a winning head-to-head regular season record against every active NBA franchise.

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168. Klay Thompson played college basketball for three seasons at Washington State University before being selected by Golden State with the 11th pick of the 2011 NBA draft.

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169. Jason Kidd is the third person since the ABA–NBA merger to debut as an NBA head coach the season after he retired as a player.

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170. Blake Griffin was selected as the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft.

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171. Dirk Nowitzki struggled while adjusting to the NBA's level of play during his rookie season, but he doubled his scoring average in his second season and was chosen for the All-Star Game in his fourth.

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172. Kobe Bryant would then headline the NBA All-Defensive First Team with Kevin Garnett, receiving 52 points overall including 24 first-place nods, earning his eighth selection.

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173. Dwight Howard led the NBA in technical fouls with 18 in the regular season, and received one-game suspensions after his 16th and 18th technicals.

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174. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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175. Chris Webber was drafted to NBA in 1993 where he became the only person apart from Magic Johnson to be selected by the Orlando Magic as the first pick overall draft pick as a sophomore.

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176. Boston Celtics owned two of the top eight picks in the 1978 NBA draft.

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177. Kobe Bryant won five NBA championships during his NBA career and apparently they were won by as much mental toughness as it was physical ability.

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178. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

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179. Vince Carter shares his appreciation for his NBA career and what it's like to be a role model for young players, as he celebrates his 42nd birthday.

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180. Michael Jordan executed a series of plays, considered to be one of the greatest clutch performances in NBA Finals history.

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181. James Harden was selected with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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182. Blake Griffin was voted as a starter in the NBA All-Star Game, making it his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive start.

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183. Gary Payton is the only guard to have won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award since Michael Jordan in 1988.

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184. Carmelo Anthony became the 29th player in NBA history to hit the scoring milestone.

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185. Kevin Durant helped lead the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games.

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186. Kobe Bryant was voted the league MVP in 2008 and led his team to the 2008 NBA Finals as the first seed in the Western Conference.

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187. Karl Malone returned from a gold medal winning-effort at the 1996 Summer Olympics leading the Jazz to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

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188. Kawhi Leonard was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, and was traded to the Raptors in 2018.

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189. Wilt Chamberlain was the first big earner of basketball: immediately becoming the highest paid player upon entering the NBA, he was basketball's first player to earn at least $100,000 a year, and earned an unprecedented $1.5 million during his Lakers years.

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190. The NBA Live is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

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191. Carmelo Anthony is looking for a new team but will still take in an NBA game Sunday.

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192. Devin Booker became the first player in NBA history to debut at 18 years old after playing at least one year of college basketball.

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193. On Thursday night's "Inside the NBA", Sir Charles Barkley compared that sort of popularity-contest balloting to the 2016 presidential election.

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194. LaMarcus Aldridge joins Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Allen Iverson, and Tracy McGrady as the only players in NBA history to score 89 or more points in the first two games of a playoff series.

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195. LaMarcus Aldridge was one of six players named to the 2007 NBA All-Rookie first team; he tied for fifth place with Toronto Raptors player Jorge Garbajosa.

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196. Charles Barkley was added to the Houston Rockets team in the game "Kobe Bryant and Nba courtside".

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197. Jason Kidd won his solitary NBA title in 2011 when he was part of the Dallas Mavericks.

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198. Russell Westbrook helped lead the Thunder to the NBA Finals for the first time since the franchise relocated but OKC would lose in five games to the Miami Heat.

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199. Vince Carter reached 20,000 career points during the game, becoming the 37th NBA player to reach that plateau.

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200. Steve Kerr was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft.

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201. The NBA would be totally different today if Hurricane Hugo didn't force Duncan to play basketball.

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202. On December 23, 2005, Vince Carter set an NBA record for the most free throws made in a quarter with 16 against Miami.

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203. Jason Kidd was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mavericks.

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204. In 1959, the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship after sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers, the first of their record eight consecutive championships.

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205. Vince Carter helped lead the Nets to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual NBA champions Miami Heat in five games.

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206. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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207. At the time of the trade, Kevin Garnett had the longest current tenure of any player in the NBA with one team, having played for the Timberwolves for his first 12 seasons.

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208. Vince Carter says he can relate to Duke phenom Zion Williamson and believes the freshman has a bright future in the NBA.

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209. Charles Barkley won the NBA MVP Award in 1993 and helped make the Suns one of the most entertaining teams in the league during his remaining three seasons.

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210. Magic Johnson was chosen to compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics for the US basketball team, dubbed the "Dream Team" because of the NBA stars on the roster.

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211. The Lakers earned the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and selected Brandon Ingram from Duke University.

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212. Steph Curry finished with 46 points as his winning shot was his 12th three-pointer, tying the NBA single-game record.

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213. Dwight Howard joined a depleted Magic squad that had finished with only 21 victories the previous season; further, the club had just lost perennial NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady.

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214. Carmelo Anthony is coming off the bench for the first time in his 16-year NBA career this season.

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215. The Lakers won the rights to the seventh pick of the 2014 NBA draft with which they selected Julius Randle, a freshman power forward from the University of Kentucky.

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216. In 2006 Michael Jordan became minority owner and general manager of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.

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217. Dwyane Wade is in his last season in the NBA, giving him one last opportunity to compete against friends he's made over his.

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218. Hakeem Olajuwon left college after his junior year and was selected by the Houston Rockets with the first pick in the 1984 NBA draft.

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219. Kobe Bryant will retire as the all-time highest scoring Laker, and the third highest scoring player in NBA history, with upwards of 32,683 points.

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220. Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 after winning five championships; James had won three as of 2018.

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221. Michael Jordan led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons and tied Wilt Chamberlain's record of seven consecutive scoring titles.

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222. In 1995, the NBA expanded to Canada with the addition of the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors.

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223. Kevin Durant has long credited Collison's leadership in easing his transition into the NBA when Durant arrived as the No 2 pick in the 2008 draft.

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224. The Golden State Warriors lost in the BAA finals the next season, and in 1949 the team became a part of the NBA when the BAA merged with the National Basketball League.

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225. Paul Pierce led the league in total points in 2002, and was an All-NBA Third Team selection in 2002 and 2003.

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226. Charles Barkley was one of the NBA's most versatile players and accurate scorers capable of scoring from anywhere on the court and established himself as one of the NBA's premier clutch players.

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227. JR Smith was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft.

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228. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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229. The Los Angeles Lakers won 60 games in Johnson's rookie year, and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1980 NBA Finals.

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230. Kobe Bryant is the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.

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231. Paul George announced his decision to declare for the 2010 NBA Draft on March 31, 2010, ultimately forgoing his final to years of college eligibility.

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232. Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul reacts after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Toyota Center on Sunday, Jan 27, 2019, in Houston.

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233. Scott Brooks is a coach in the National Basketball Association who had a brilliant career as a player, playing for six NBA teams, even though he was undrafted in the 1987 NBA Draft which he had declared for.

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234. The NBA Summer League would become the first major North American professional sports league to allow corporate sponsorship logos on official team uniforms, and the last to have a uniform manufacturer logo appear on its team uniforms.

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235. Blake Griffin was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2008 NBA draft but decided to return to college to give himself time to mature physically and to try to help Oklahoma win the NCAA championship.

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236. Michael Jordan was one the greatests to play the game of basketball and he has some hardware to show for it: six NBA Championships.

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237. Steph Curry is currently fifth in all-time made three-pointers in NBA history.

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238. Turner Sports NBA analyst Charles Barkley is known for his bombastic nature on live TV that leads to countless priceless moments on the show.

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239. Magic Johnson won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s.

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240. Tony Parker decided to forgo the NCAA and to remain in France; he spent the next year with Paris Basket Racing in the French League before entering the 2001 NBA draft.

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241. At the time, Kevin Garnett was the youngest NBA player in history at 19 years and 11 months of age.

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242. On January 21, 2010, Carmelo Anthony was named as a starter for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game leading the Western Conference ballots in votes for forwards.

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243. Scott Brooks was on a team of free agents that faced NBA players and he was told there would be many scouts in attendance.

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244. Magic Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

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245. Scottie Pippen played a main role on both the 1992 Chicago Bulls Championship team and the 1996 Chicago Bulls Championship team which were selected as two of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History.

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246. Draymond Green admired Pippen growing up, but he learned even more upon reaching the league by watching videos of former NBA forward Boris Diaw.

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247. Magic Johnson is the only player in NBA Finals history to have triple-doubles in multiple series-clinching games.

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248. Kawhi Leonard is back with the Toronto Raptors and they picked up right where they left off with him on the floor in the NBA on Wednesday.

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249. Devin Booker became the third-youngest player in NBA history at 19 years, 81 days old to record a 30-point game, as well as the youngest Suns player to score 30 or more points in a game.

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250. Dwyane Wade became the fifth youngest player in NBA history at the time to capture NBA Finals MVP honors and recorded the third highest scoring average by a player in his first NBA Finals with 34.7 points per game.

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251. Dwyane Wade is in his last season in the NBA, giving him one last opportunity.

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252. Carmelo Anthony attracted attention from the NBA by averaging 25.2 points a game in the tournament, which was attended by Amar'e Stoudemire.

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253. Klay Thompson was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

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254. Dwight Howard finished the season with his lowest scoring average since his second year in the NBA, but was the league leader in rebounding and ranked second in field goal percentage.

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255. The Los Angeles Lakers earned the top pick in the 1958 NBA draft and used it to select Elgin Baylor.

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256. Hakeem Olajuwon has worked with several NBA players, including power forward Emeka Okafor, and center Yao Ming.

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257. JR Smith helped the Cavaliers sweep the Hawks to reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

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258. Michael Jordan is famous for his gravity-defying skills on the court as an NBA legend and Hall-of-Famer.

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259. In 2017, Russell Westbrook became one of two players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, along with Oscar Robertson in 1962.

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260. Steve Kerr became the first person in NBA history to be a part of 70-win teams as a player and head coach.

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261. James Harden is a seven-time NBA All-Star, and has earned All-NBA Team honors five times, including four times to the first team.

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262. Paul Pierce fought his way through by becoming one of the best in the NBA at scoring through contact.

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263. Blake Griffin was voted to play as a starter for the first time in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game along with new teammate Chris Paul.

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264. Stephan Marbury is on the cover of the Midway video game NBA Ballers.

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265. Golden State Warriors chose future superstar point guard Stephen Curry of Davidson College with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.

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266. Chris Webber is a former National High School Basketball Player of the Year who led his high school Detroit Country Day to three Michigan State High School Basketball Championships, but never won any national championship in college or the NBA.

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267. Stephen Curry is currently one of the most successful players in the NBA, and he has become an international celebrity, on par with four-time MVP LeBron James.

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268. In 2007, Scottie Pippen had attempted to make an NBA comeback as he expressed that he would like to play for a championship contender in hopes of getting his 7th Championship ring.

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269. LeBron James into top 5 NBA scorers: 5 quotes from league legends on his greatness.

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270. Golden State Warriors would not play in the NBA again until he was dealt in January 1999 to the New York Knicks for John Starks, Chris Mills and Terry Cummings.

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271. Stephen Curry is currently third in all-time made three-pointers in NBA history.

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272. In 1995, the NBA Live expanded to Canada with the addition of the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors.

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273. Along the way, the Minneapolis Lakers shattered the NBA mark of 20 consecutive victories set by the Milwaukee Bucks just one season before.

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274. Dwight Howard has additional 20 pounds of muscles in his body during the second campaign for NBA.

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275. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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276. Charles Barkley remains an iconoclastic figure, consistently dubbed one of the most interesting figures in sports entertainment for his comments on Inside the NBA, and he is candid about his personal flaws, including a love of gambling.

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277. JR Smith made a franchise playoff-record 65 3-pointers, which were the fourth-most threes made by any NBA player in a single postseason.

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278. Kawhi Leonard was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers but was traded that night to the San Antonio Spurs along with the rights to Erazem Lorbek and Davis Bertans in exchange for George Hill.

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279. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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280. Stephen Curry says Milwaukee is "very similar" to Golden State before it started racking up NBA titles four years ago.

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281. On June 25, 2009, Stephen Curry was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.

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282. JR Smith will be suspended by the NBA for five games for violating the league's Anti-Drug Program, the league announced Friday.

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283. Charles Barkley joined a veteran team that included Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks, players who took Philadelphia to the 1983 NBA championship.

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284. Chris Paul declared for the NBA draft in 2005, and he was selected fourth overall by the New Orleans Hornets.

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285. Russell Westbrook is widely recognized as one of the best all-around players in the NBA.

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286. The Minneapolis Lakers earned the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and selected Brandon Ingram from Duke University.

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287. On Thursday night's "Inside the NBA", Sir Charles Barkley compared that sort of popularity-contest balloting to the 2016 presidential election.

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288. Michael Jordan made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing.

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289. In 2004, Carmelo Anthony became the third-youngest player to reach the 1000 points mark in the NBA history.

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290. Pau Gasol has no time for the criticism of his coach, Becky Hammon, and women coaching in the NBA.

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291. Dominique Wilkins led the team in scoring for the eighth straight year, finishing at 25.9 points per game—seventh best in the NBA.

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292. Vince Carter became the oldest player in NBA history to score 20+ points at 41 years and 337 days old, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record by 6 days.

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293. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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294. Steph Curry is credited with revolutionizing the game of basketball by inspiring basketball teams, ranging from high school to the NBA, to regularly employ the three-point shot as part of their winning strategy.

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295. James Harden has scored at least 35 points in 11 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in NBA history.

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296. In 2008 Kobe Bryant was named Most Valuable Player and carried his team to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics.

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297. On March 31, 2010, Paul George announced that he would forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility at Fresno State and enter the 2010 NBA draft.

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298. The Golden State Warriors were just 29th in the league in points in the paint per game and a middling 15th in opposing points in the paint per game entering play, per NBA.

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299. Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to average a double double in the regular season.

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300. In 2007, the NBA Summer League attached its name to the event, making it the "NBA" summer league.

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301. Jerry West made himself available for the 1960 NBA draft, and he was drafted with the second overall pick by the Minneapolis Lakers, shortly before the team relocated to Los Angeles.

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302. Vince Carter was voted into the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, but he could not participate due to injury.

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303. Dominique Wilkins was an NBA All-Star for the first time and was voted to the All-NBA First Team at the end of the season.

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304. On July 6, 2017, the NBA Summer League unveiled an updated rendition of its logo; it is largely identical to the previous design, except with revised typography and a "richer" color scheme.

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305. Charles Barkley is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, an Emmy-winning sports analyst, has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was rumored to be dating Madonna at one point.

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306. Hakeem Olajuwon is the only player in NBA history to record more than 200 blocks and 200 steals in the same season.

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307. Russell Westbrook was selected 4th overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics.

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308. Jerry West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

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309. On March 31, 2011, Isaiah Thomas declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.

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310. Hakeem Olajuwon led the NBA in rebounding twice, during the 1989 and 1990 seasons.

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311. Stephen Curry finished his rookie season with 166 three-pointers, which were the most ever by a rookie in NBA history.

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312. Carmelo Anthony had a great career during his beginning season in NBA.

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