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Can you match these NBA stars to their teams?
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The NBA is a trade-happy sports league. But once a club latches on to a true star player, they are reluctant to let him go. Can you match these pro basketball stars to the correct NBA teams, as of 2017?
Michael Jordan played most of his NBA career with which team?
Jordan, considered by many to be the most successful athlete in the history of the world, played most of his professional career with the Chicago Bulls. He won six NBA titles.
Larry Bird shot to NBA stardom in the '80s. Which team grabbed him in the draft?
The Boston Celtics selected Bird as the sixth overall pick of the 1978 draft. He didn't look athletic, but it didn't stop him from winning three NBA titles.
Damian Lillard is a sharpshooting point guard for which Western Conference team?
Damian Lillard was a top 10 pick in the 2012 draft and he's improved every year in the league. He averages more than 6 assists and 27 points per contest.
Kawhi Leonard is the defensive specialist turned all-star who leads which amazingly consistent NBA team?
Leonard was actually picked by the Pacers in the 2011 NBA draft. But he's played every season with San Antonio… and has improved each season to become a two-time All-Star.
Jimmy Butler is the small forward with the "Fraggle Rock" hair who plays for which team?
Butler is no Jordan, but he's making a name for himself in Chicago. In 2015, he earned Most Improved Player honors for his hard work.
Stephen Curry is the doe-eyed guard who nails shots from half court. For which team does he play?
Steph Curry made a name for himself at Davidson during his college career. After a few seasons with Golden State, he found his pro-level shooting touch. In the 2015-2016 season, he routinely torched opponents for more than 30 points per game.
Dwyane Wade won three NBA titles with the Miami Heat, but now he plays for which team, as of 2017?
Wade's star is slowly waning, but the Chicago Bulls decided that he might make a good on-court companion for Jimmy Butler. So far, the Wade trade hasn't paid off.
LeBron James briefly left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for what team?
James, the self-proclaimed "king" of the NBA, was drafted by Cleveland, betrayed Cleveland by scooting off to Miami, and then returned to the Cavaliers…where he won yet another NBA title.
Paul George is an All-Star who is well-accustomed to the fast pace of the league, even after suffering difficult injuries. He plays for which team?
Paul George is a small forward with the Indiana Pacers. He was a top 10 pick in the 2010 draft but hasn't yet had any brushes with potential championships.
Russell Westbrook is the fiery point guard who scowls through games with which team?
Westbrook started scowling in earnest during his college days at UCLA. Then he took his furrowed brow and slashing style to Oklahoma City.
Isaiah Thomas is only 5'9 inches tall, but his diminutive stature hasn't stopped him from leading which team to the playoffs?
Isaiah Thomas is a pint-sized point guard who plays like a giant, splashing three-pointers and zipping through defenders with uncommon ease. He's a star of the Boston Celtics.
Chris Paul has won two Olympic gold medals and was NBA Rookie of the Year… but he's never won a title with his current team, the ______.
Paul was the fourth pick of the 2005 NBA draft and languished for years in New Orleans before being traded to the Clippers. But he has yet to experience any kind of real playoff run.
DeMarcus Cousins is a towering center who gained NBA fame with the Sacramento Kings. Then he was traded to which club?
The New Orleans Pelicans got a steal when they nabbed Cousins in a trade. He averages more than 20 points per game, along with more than 12 rebounds.
DeAndre Jordan currently has the second-highest field-goal percentage in the history of professional basketball. He plays for which team?
After a mediocre one-season college career at Texas A&M, Jordan was drafted by the Clippers in the second round. He uses his height and strength to take shots in the paint, which is one reason his shooting percentage is so high.
Kyrie Irving was born in Australia. Now he plays pro basketball for which team?
Irving is the right-hand man to LeBron James in Cleveland. He played just one college season and was picked as the number one pick of the 2011 draft.
Kristaps Porziņģis is the Latvian gigantic power forward making all sorts of big news with his team. For what outfit does his play?
Kristaps Porziņģis is a whopping 7'3, and he is capable of playing both power forward and center for the New York Knicks. He's a well-rounded player who can take over games on both ends of the floor.
Dirk Nowitzki is a 7-foot monster who's played every season since 1998 with the same team, which is?
Nowitzki is a Dallas lifer. He's played every season for the Mavericks and helped his team win the title in 2011.
James Harden is known for his amazing beard. He's also drawn raves for leading which club to the playoffs?
Harden got his start with Oklahoma City. After three seasons there, he joined the Houston Rockets, where he's become a team leader as of 2017, who averages nearly 30 points per game.
John Wall is so fast and so agile that he seems like a magician, which is fitting because he plays for which team?
Wall is a wizard on the court - appropriately, he plays for the Washington Wizards. He's capable of almost single-handedly taking over a game but hasn't yet had a deep playoff run.
Al Horford is from the Dominican Republic but now plays for which Eastern Conference standout team?
Horford made megabucks with the Atlanta Hawks, but the Celtics decided to trade for him. The payoff was immediate -- thanks in part to Horford, Boston made it to the Eastern Conference finals.
Klay Thompson is known as one of the hot-shooting "Splash Brothers" on which team?
Klay Thompson often alternates bombing three pointers with Steph Curry -- the two are known as the "Splash Brothers," which refers to their frequent long-range attacks. Both men, of course, play for the Warriors.
In 2007, which team drafted small forward Kevin Durant, the man with the golden shooting touch?
In 2007, the Seattle Supersonics picked Kevin Durant as the second overall pick. Fans were thrilled… until the Supersonics promptly packed up and moved to Oklahoma City.
Tony Parker is a Frenchman with a very American name. He plays for which Western Conference team?
Tony Parker is the stalwart point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. He's played every season since 2001 for the Spurs, and as of 2017 he has four championship titles to his credit.
Anthony Davis has the best eyebrows in the entire league. He brushes aside smaller opponents while donning which uniform?
Anthony Davis is the 6'11 power forward who quite literally powers his way through competitors during New Orleans Pelicans games. He played just one season of college basketball, for Kentucky.
Hassan Whiteside is a 7-foot center who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings. He bounced around in various pro leagues and plays for which team in 2017?
Hassan Whiteside has NBA size but it took him a few years to find his touch at the pro level. He's become one of the most potent forces on the Miami Heat.
Pau Gasol honed his basketball skills in Spain and then eventually with the Lakers. He plays for which team as of 2017?
Gasol had long stints with the Grizzlies and Lakers before being traded to the Bulls. In his late 30s, he's working to hold onto a spot in San Antonio.
Vince Carter is more than 40 years old and is an eight-time All-Star. He's played for six teams and currently works for which club?
Carter is a true NBA journeyman. He's played for the Raptors, Suns, Nets, Magic, Mavericks… but since 2014 he plays for Memphis.
Which team does Kobe Bryant currently play for?
OK, so that was a bit of a trick question. Bryant no longer plays in the NBA -- he retired in 2016 after 20 years in the league. He was a star for the L.A. Lakers.
Blake Griffin is the ultra-powerful power forward who dunks with wild abandon for which team?
Griffin has been known for his scary-hard dunks and slashing style, but injuries have slowed him down in recent seasons with the L.A. Clippers. Trade rumors continually swirl around the muscular star.
Carmelo Anthony is a ten-time All-Star and currently plays for which team?
Carmelo Anthony played for the Nuggets in his younger days. But the star player has been donning a Knicks jersey since the 2011 season.
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