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During the draft, why are draft rights traded and not draft picks?

If I remember correctly, during the NBA draft and maybe even the NFL draft, if teams trade picks, they can't announce the trade until both teams have drafted their respective players. Only then can ...
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What NBA rules cover Draymond Green's free throw settling on the rim?

In the Golden State vs Dallas game on May 24, 2022 Draymond Green shot a free throw which settled on the back of the rim and never dropped off. What did the referees decide, and what NBA rules cover ...
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In basketball, is one allowed to purposefully get the ball out-of-bounds off an opponent?

Imagine the scenario of "accidentally" dribbling the ball into an opponent's foot, and the ball gets kicked out of bounds. Or, in an even more extreme case, "passing" (or throwing) ...
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change of refereeing method in basketball

I would like to know if a new regulation has been introduced in the NBA regarding player protests, in the last two seasons the referees have changed the method of reacting to protests, now just a ...
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In the NBA, if your shot gets blocked, does it still reset the shot clock?

I'm just wondering about when specifically the shot clock gets reset, especially in cases where the shooter gets blocked (or packed, as known informally). Is all that matters that a shot was attempted?...
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During a basketball game, what rules prevent players from acting in distracting/heckling ways to throw off opponents?

During a freethrow, distracting the shooter is clearly disallowed according to the rules. But during the game, what is preventing players from trying to distract each other? For example, by screaming ...
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How is spectator interference handled in basketball?

I'm wondering how the NBA handles spectator interference. As an example, during a free throw, what if the audience screams "BRICK" as they shoot, or someone pulls down their pants behind the ...
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During a basketball freethrow, what happens if you try to distract the shooter?

During a freethrow shot in Basketball after a foul, players stand in front of the freethrow shooter. What happens if those players try messing with the freethrow shooter? Like yelling "BRICK"...
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Before Bucks-Nets on 03/31/22, had both franchise leading scorers started the same game for a single team?

On March 31st, 2022 the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets played. During the game, Giannis Antetokounmpo became the Bucks' all-time leading scorer. His teammate, Brook Lopez, is the Nets' all-time ...
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How is the double stepback legal?

James Harden popularized the double stepback. Sometimes, it's called a travel. Sometimes, it's not. ...
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Does Lebron James have a say in roster trades

There is a phrase call LeGM where Lebron is joked to trade you if you perform badly. Does Lebron James or other influential players have a say on who to trade for or who they want on their team?
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Steps allowed while dribbling without putting the ball down?

Looking for clarification, in basketball how many steps are allowed while dribbling without putting the ball down? So in other words drag dribbles, floats, push cross, etc. According to the rules you ...
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How to watch all NBA games ESPN?

So I have the ESPN bundle, and I was able to watch the NBA Christmas games live without a problem. Now tonight, I am unable to do that. Does ESPN only livestream certain games for example on specific ...
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Offensive foul: why doesn't the basket count?

The FIBA Interpretations contain example 33-2: Example: A1 is in the air on the shot for a 3-point field goal. A1 extends his leg which contacts his defensive player B1. The interpretation is as ...
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Most wins by a second place team in NBA history

What's the most wins an NBA team finishing 2nd in wins/loss in a conference has achieved? This came to mind because the Dodgers recently set a record in the MLB for the most wins without winning a ...
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Why does the NHL not feature red and blue in their logo, as opposed to the other three major sports leagues in the US?

I was casually browsing the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL websites today, and realized that even though they are separate governing bodies the websites look quite similar, most notably the scores at the top, ...
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A Strange Ending to a BasketBall Match

Last week, when I switched on a Sports TV Channel, there was a re-telecast of one old NBA Match, probably from 2019. It was at the Ending Stage and I could not make sense of what was going on. The ...
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Which NBA player has the most career shots?

Which NBA basketball player has attempted the most shots in their career, and how many of them did they make?
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Why is the hook shot used so little in the NBA?

Understandably, the NBA is centered around the 3 point shot so most players are not working in the paint. However, there are many big men out there who lack much offensive game other than dunking on a ...
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When did basketball change the rule so that games end when the clock hits 0.0 instead of when the buzzer sounds?

I remember there was a time when the NBA and/or college basketball's rule on buzzer beaters was that the shot would count as long as the ball left the shooter's hand before the buzzer sounded. It didn'...
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When was the last time a conference final contained 0 champions?

According to SportsCenter, there are 0 champions remaining in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Suns have reached the NBA finals, but the Bucks and Hawks are still competing for the Eastern Conference ...
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Is calling timeout actually effective in stopping scoring runs by the other team?

In basketball, when one team goes on a scoring run, you will often see the other team call a timeout to try to stop that team's momentum. Has there been any analysis that shows whether calling timeout ...
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What does the ‘3’ in Chris Paul’s nickname CP3 stand for?

Watching the NBA 2021 playoffs with the Phoenix Suns playing and Chris Paul aka CP3 is a fantastic player. Yet can’t find anywhere that explains what the ‘3’ stands for in his nickname CP3. Does ...
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In the NBA, do you get a free throw if you are fouled by the buzzer?

What happens if an NBA player gets fouled right when the shot clock ends, and he gets the and 1. Would he be able to shoot the free throw? Do the referees base this on game point, or just don't do it?
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Why are Grizzlies in the playoffs and GSW are not, even though Warriors have more victories?

Why are Memphis Grizzlies in the playoffs and Golden State Warriors are not even though Golden State Warriors have more victories? Why was the last game important if it's not the number of victories ...
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Is it against the rules to fly in the NBA?

If someone were to miraculously develop the super power to fly (say they could hover up to 1000 feet and swiftly move in three dimensions) would any rules as currently defined by the NBA prevent the ...
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Shortest Current Longest Winning Streak in NBA history

As of today (March 4) the longest current winning streak in the NBA is 3 games (3 different teams). That seems highly unusual. What is the all time shortest current longest winning streak (I guess ...
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Why do NBA Western Conference teams play against Eastern conference during season

LA Clippers played against Washington Wizards (Eastern Conf) a few days ago : https://www.nba.com/game/was-vs-lac-0022000488 I was wondering how come an eastern conference team plays against a western ...
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How many times an NBA team has won at least 3 consecutive overtime games?

The LA Lakers won three consecutive overtime games from February 6th-10th, 2021, beating the Pistons, the Thunder, and the Thunder again. How many times since the 1976 merger has an NBA team won three ...
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Do NBA players make a higher percentage of 3-pointers from the side?

This shows what an NBA basketball court looks like: As you can see, the 3-point line is an arc until it gets close to the sides of the court, where it becomes a straight line due to not being able to ...
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First overall draft picks getting traded for one another

The Detroit Lions traded away their quarterback Mathew Stafford, in exchange for LA Ram's quarterback Jared Goff, 2 first round picks and a third round pick on January 30th 2021. The most interesting ...
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Who was the last college senior (used all four years of college eligibility) to be the first pick in the NBA draft?

I suppose with a few hours of research I could figure it out…so I’m not asking anyone to go through that. Just wondering if anyone knows the answer or has found a single source of the information. All ...
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True Shooting Percentage (TSP) vs Points Per Shot (PPS)

I have always been puzzled by the True Shooting Percentage (TSP) metric. Its goal is evidently to give a general idea of how efficient a scorer is, but the way it's calculated is extremely puzzling. ...
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What is the biggest margin with which a team has won an NBA game?

What is the biggest margin with which a team has won an NBA game ?
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Who has been the smallest player ever to play the NBA?

Who has been the smallest player ever to play the NBA ?
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From a business point of view, what are some possible reasons that the Knicks didn't do more to keep Jeremy Lin through the Linsanity era?

Throughout the brief era of "Linsanity", the Knicks, then led by Carmelo Anthony and the injured Amare Stoudemire, were never serious contenders for the NBA title. Yet, there was real ...
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What happens to FGA when you score on the wrong basket?

I know that when you score on the wrong basket, the nearest player gets the points (in NBA) - so that's "Field Goal Made". But, what about "Field Goal Attempts"? If the nearest ...
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Has an NHL or NBA champion ever won all playoffs series with the same record?

After losing game 3 of the 2019-20 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Miami Heat 2-1 in the series. The Lakers got to the finals after beating the Portland Blazers, the Houston Rockets, and ...
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What is usually better in basketball, a 2-pointer and-1 opportunity or a made 3-pointer?

2-pointer and-one obviously gets a foul on an opposing player but you are not guaranteed to make the free throw, while a 3-pointer is guaranteed 3 points. Which would be more advantageous to a team, ...
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Has there ever been a game-winning tip play off an inbounds pass in an NBA playoff game or NCAA Tournament game?

The NBA has the Trent Tucker Rule, which states that if there is less than 0.3 seconds on the shot clock or game clock with a team inbounding the ball, then any player on that team cannot attempt to ...
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Has the NBA introduced any advantage for the home teams playing in the bubble playoffs?

The 2019-20 NBA season was restarted in a bubble in Orlando in July after it was shutdown due to COVID-19 in March. After the teams invited back played a few games, the playoffs started with the usual ...
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Non-USA superstars in the NBA seem to be much taller on average than superstars from the USA: What exactly is the reason?

LeBron James suggested that he would like to participate in a USA vs non-USA all-star match, during the 2020 all-star draft. While forming hypothetical teams for such a match I quickly started finding ...
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What are the sports facilities at the Orlando Disney World?

I've been both a little amazed and confused the past couple of weeks as the NBA and MLS plan to resume play in Orlando after COVID-19 related shutdowns halted the leagues' seasons. Both leagues are to ...
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Basketball post up - offensive fouls question

I'm watching some of the videos here: https://videorulebook.nba.com/rule/back-downs/ It seems to me that whenever a defender legitimately falls down (not a flop), while defending the post an offensive ...
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Can you determine the position of a player from his statistics?

I recently got really interested in the NBA (thanks to Mark Cuban). Google led me to detailed statistics of NBA players, for example, as found here. If you just look at the statistics (without ...
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Basketball shooting practice appears to have little effect over time

While this question relates to basketball, it is more so a question of statistics and probability. I wondered if one could determine a basketball players career high shooting percentage from high ...
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How do you deal with skewed frequency in Hexagonal Shot Plots for NBA Players

So I've stumbled upon Kirk Goldsberry's shot plots and I find them very intriguing. Here's an example . I find these charts fascinating, so I decided to learn how to make these charts myself, except I ...
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What is the point of the NBA regular season?

I am trying to get into NBA, but ... I don't get it. The regular season seems completely pointless and irrelevant to me. There are 30 teams, and the top 16 (that's more than half!!) make it to the ...
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Difference between turnover and steals

In the NBA app, I was reading the statistics of the match Lakers vs Kings. In particular, Lakers have 10 steals, Kings have 5 steals. Moreover, Lakers have 14 turnovers, while Kings have 16 turnovers....
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NBA "and one" rule - an edge case

My question is very similar to this one, although it is a little different and may have a different answer. (Also, I think the answer to that question somewhat misses the point). Consider the ...
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