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The Tall Guys: NBA Centers

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
A quiz on the top centers in NBA history.

Question 1:


Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain became the first NBA player who has scored 100 points in a single game. Against which team did he score the 100 points?
The Saint Louis Hawks
The Chicago Bulls
The New York Knicks
The Fort Wayne Pistons

Question 2:


This Florida State University center became a star NBA player after his pro coach sent him to play in NYC's Rucker Tournament. His unconventional behavior included sleeping on park benches. Who is this former cab driver?
George Mikan
Swede Holbrook
Nate Thurmond
Dave Cowens

Question 3:


Although “only” 6'7" (2 m) tall he was the first of the great defensive players in the NBA. His college team won the NCAA championship. His pro team won many championships. Who is he?
George Mikan
Wilt Chamberlain
Bill Russell
Nate Thurmond

Question 4:


This center’s nickname came from the name of a character in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He played 20 years in the NBA after playing for Centenary College. Who is he?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Robert Parish
David Robinson
Nate Thurmond
Dave Cowens

Question 5:


Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1963, this player led his team to two consecutive NBA crowns in 1994 and 1995. Who is he?
Hakeem Olajuwon
Mikebe Mitumbo
Manute Bol
Dino Meneghin

Question 6:


Margo Dydek broke the record for the tallest player to ever play in the WNBA. How tall is she?
6'7" (2.00 m)
7'2" (2.18 m)
7'4" (2.23 m)
6'9" (2.05 m)

Question 7:


This center went in the ABA directly out of high school. He later played 21 seasons in the NBA. He played on a team with high scorer Rick Barry and later with Barry's son, Jon. Who is this player?
Moses Malone
Robert Parish
Nate Thurmond
Darryl Dawkins

Question 8:


Gheorghe Mureşan, one of the tallest players to ever play in the NBA, was born in this country.
Uganda
Sudan
Nigeria
Romania

Question 9:


This great center was sometimes called "The Howler” because he used to yell at opponents in order to ruin the shooter's concentration. His other nickname is associated with his career between college and the NBA. Who is this three-time Olympian who once scored a quadruple double?
Wes Unseld
David Robinson
Bill Walton
Moses malone

Question 10:


After a great college career at Louisville, this center became the first star for the old Washington Bullets (now the Washington Wizards). He was less than 6'8" (2 m) tall but was noted for his great rebounding, picks and fabulous outlet passes. Who is this former NBA great?
Wes Unseld
David Robinson
Wllis Reed
Nate Thurmond

Question 11:


Which player was the center at UCLA when the Bruins won 88 straight games?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (aka Lew Alcindor)
Sidney Wicks
Bill Walton
Dave Cowens

Question 12:


Although originally drafted in the second round as a forward, this man took over the center spot for his only NBA team and led them to an NBA championship. He later coached at Creighton University. Who is this center who was nicknamed "The Captain” in the NBA?
Willis Reed
Bill Lanier
Nate Thurmond
Walter Dukes

Question 13:


After a great college career at Bowling Green, this center played power forward for the Warriors because Wilt Cahmberlain played center. After Wilt was traded back to Philadelphia, he bloomed as a center. Who is this player who once pulled down 18 rebounds in one quarter?
Moses Malone
Swede Holbrooke
Nate Thurmond
Willis Reed

 


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