Being knowledgeable in the NBA is something a lot of us take pride in, so much so, that fans will meticulously study pages and pages of player stats just so they can be the only one in the room or online to answer the question 'How many points did Steve Nash average in the 2006-07 NBA season?' (The answer is 18.6 by the way)
But I can guarantee most of you won't know the 15 facts listed below off the top of your head. But hey, that means you're only expanding your NBA knowledge, and when one of these questions come up in at a trivia night and you have a chance to win $500 cash, you can thank us later.
Here are 15 of the weirdest and most unusual NBA facts.
1. Pete Maravich was 26 in 1974 when he said in an interview to a newspaper “I don’t want to play 10 years in NBA and die of a heart attack at 40.” He proceeded to have a 10-year NBA career and then die of a heart attack at 40.
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar only made one 3-point shot in his entire 20-year career.
3. Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60% of former NBA players are financially broke.
4. 7-foot tall American males have a 17% chance of playing in the NBA.7-foot tall American males have a 17% chance of playing in the NBA.
5. When Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to earn $100,000 in salary in 1965, his longtime rival Bill Russell demanded that his own salary be raised to $100,001. His salary was immediately raised.
6. The creator of NBA Jam hated the Chicago Bulls so much that he embedded a special code that made them miss last-second shots.
7. Muggsy Bogues, the shortest man ever to play in the NBA at 5’3″ had blocked 39 shots throughout his career including one on Patrick Ewing (7’0″).
8. Randy Foye has a rare condition called Situs Inversus, where a person’s internal organs are mirror images of a normal body.
9. The average annual salary of a professional NBA cheerleader is $56,000
10. Kobe Bryant’s parents had to co-sign his first NBA contract because he was only 17 when he was drafted.
11. In 1987-88, the shortest man (Muggsy Bogues) to ever appear in the NBA played on the same team (Washington Bullets) as the tallest man (Manute Bol) to ever appear in the NBA.
12. In 1999, Ron Artest applied for a part-time job at Circuit City during his rookie season with the Bulls just to get an employee discount there.
13. The maximum possible salary in the WNBA is $101,500 compared to over $20 million in the NBA.
14. There is a Chinese company by the name of Qiaodan (pronounced cheow-DAN) that illegally named itself after Jordan and used a modified ‘jumpman’ logo to sell basketball shoes. They have grown so big that they now advertise in actual NBA games.
15. Jeremy Lin’s 89 points in his first three starts are the most by any NBA player since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976.