Who What Where and When – Answers to Commonly Asked Basketball Related Questions

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What year did Michael Jordan join the NBA?: Jordan entered the NBA in 1984 after being selected 3rd in the draft by the Chicago Bulls.

What position did Magic Johnson play?: Magic was a point-guard by trade (and a darn good one) however he played all five positions depending on how his coach wanted to use their lineup. Yep, he even played some center and guarded big Centers such as Artis Gilmore at times!

What does NBA stand for?: National Basketball Association.

What is the diameter of a basketball?: The Men’s size 7 regulation basketball has a circumference between 29.5-30 inches, it weighs 20-22 ounces, and has a diameter of 9.39 inches. The Women’s basketball which measures at size 6 (regulation basketball) has a circumference between 28.5 and 28 7/8 inches, it weighs 17.5-19.5 ounces and has a diameter of 9.07 inches.

What is a basketball made of?: Leather outer coating (real NBA balls) with a rubber interior bladder.

How many players are there on an NBA team?: An NBA team has 12 active players.

How tall is a basketball hoop?: 10 feet (120 inches to the rim.)

When was the NBA created?: The National Basketball Association was founded and established in 1949 when the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA.) While it was invented in 1949, some stats start back from the BAA in 1946.

How big is a basketball court?: Sizes vary depending on level of play. In the NBA/NCAA the official size is 94 feet long by 50 feet wide. In high school the size of the floor is 84 feet long by 50 feet wide In middle school (junior high), the court is 74’x42.’ There are however some common things on all levels. The free throw line is ALWAYS 15 feet from the rim and the hoop stands ten feet tall.

How long does an official NBA game last?: 48 minutes. The game consists of (4) 12 minute quarters.

Which team won the first NBA Championship?: The Philadelphia Warriors.

How many teams are there in the NBA?: As of 2007, there are 30 teams in the NBA.

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