- List Of Basketball Facts
List Of Basketball Facts
Basketball has a very old and interesting history. Founded in the late 1800s, it has grown to be one of the four major sports in The United States and is growing in popularity around the world. Basketball has a deep history and is full of traditions. Let's learn more about basketball history, players, scoring, and some fun facts.
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List of Historical Basketball Facts
- Basketball was invented by James Naismith: Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith, a canadian born gym teacher living in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith was looking for some way to keep his students busy on a rainy day and that is when the game of basketball was invented. Naismith later founded the Kansas University Basketball program.
- In the early 1900s the courts were surrounded by wire and mesh cages: In the early years of basketball the leagues were trying to prevent the players from falling into the spectator areas so they surrounded the courts with wire and mesh cages and fences to prevent this from happening. This did, however, lead to some injuries to the players.
- The original basketball hoops were peach baskets: When basketball was first founded the baskets were peach baskets. Therefore, they did not have open bottoms so the officials had to use a pole to retrieve the ball after every time a team scored. The first string nets like what we see now were not used until the early 1900s to make the game flow better.
- Early on basketball hoops were attached to the balcony seats: Basketball hoops were originally attached to the balcony so spectators could and often did interfere with the game by hitting the ball when a team would shoot. This then led to the invention of backboards so that spectators could no longer interfere with the playing of the basketball games.
- At the start of basketball, dribbling was not allowed: In the very early years of basketball dribbling was not permitted. It was not even thought to be used until 1897 where a team from Yale was first credited with advancing the ball doing so. It was then decided that dribbling would be allowed but only one dribble per possession. Since then, dribbling has become an important part of the game.
List of Player Facts
- The tallest NBA player ever was Manute Bol at 7 feet 7 inches: Manute Bol was the tallest NBA player ever at a staggering height of 7 feet 7 inches. Bol played in the NBA for 10 seasons and was known for his defensive prowess and ability to block shots because of his immense height. Along with his enormous height Bol had an 8 foot 6 inch wingspan which helped him even more.
- The average salary of NBA players is 7.7 million dollars: The average salary in the NBA is $7.7 million. Stephen Curry, a player on the Golden State Warriors, got paid the most amount of money this past year with a salary of $40.2 million. The average salary of NBA players has been increasing consistently recently, and it is expected to increase more as the years go on.
- The average age of all NBA players is 26 years old: The NBA has an average age of its players at 26 years old, but the range of players that can be as young as 19 years old to the oldest player still active being 43 years old (he plans to retire in 2020). This was the first year that the NBA had players that were born in the 21st century.
- There is an athlete in the NBA named Gerald Green who only has nine fingers: Gerald Green, a player for the Houston Rockets, was born with ten fingers but had an accident when he was younger that caused him to lose one of them. When Green was 11 years old, he was dunking on a makeshift basket with his brothers and his ring got caught on the net and it led to his finger being amputated. Green has been in the NBA for many years enjoying a successful career.
List of NBA Scoring Facts
- The all time NBA scoring leader is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA all time leading scorer with an astonishing 38,387 total points scored throughout his career. Abdul-Jabbar was in the NBA for 20 years, first starting his career with the Milwaukee Bucks for six years and later being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 14 more. Abdul-Jabbar was an All-Star player in 19 out of his 20 years.
- Michael Jordan is the NBA all time leader in points per game: Michael Jordan is the NBA all time leader in points per game barely beating Wilt Chamberlain with 30.12 points per game compared to 30.07 points per game for Chamberlain. Jordan had an illustrious career winning six championships, all of which were with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan is also considered by many, although it is heavily disputed, as the greatest NBA player of all time.
- Wilt Chamberlain set the record for points scored in one game: Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game on March 2, 1962 against the New York Knicks. The record has stood since that date with the next closest being 82 points in one game by Kobe Bryant in 2006 against the Toronto Raptors. Chamberlain later that season set the record for most points per game in a season with more than 50.
- Lebron James is currently the leader among active players in total points: Lebron James started his career in 2003 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and since has become the third highest scorer in NBA history and by far the leading scorer among active players. James has a total of 34,241 points scored in his career just over 4,000 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and just over 2,000 less than Karl Malone who is the second leading scorer in NBA history.
List of NBA Fun Facts
- The shortest player in NBA history and the tallest player were once on the same team: Manute Bol the tallest player in NBA history standing at 7 feet 7 inches was once on the same team as Muggsy Bouges, the shortest player in NBA history standing at 5 feet 3 inches. Both players played for the Washington Bullets during the 1987-1988 season.
- 60% of NBA players become broke within 5 years of their retirement from the league: Although NBA players make a large amount of money, they often are unequipped at knowing the correct way to make use of that money so they end up becoming broke. The data is based on a study done by Sports Illustrated in the year 2009 but in large part it remains true today.
- A player was once drafted so young that his parents co-signed his first contract: Kobe Bryant got drafted right out of high school, before the NBA made the rule that forced players to be one year removed from high school before they were eligible to be drafted. Bryant at the time was not yet 18 so he was considered a minor in the United States and therefore was not able to sign his own first contract. Therefore, his parents had to agree to the contract as well and co-signed it.