Bruce Jenner Was Drafted Into The NBA And 49 Other Wild NBA Facts I Found

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So was popping around reddit, not much news/blog worthy things happening today. And I stumbled on this list of just random NBA facts. Some of them are ehhh but other like Bruce Jenner being drafted into the NBA are just bananaland.

So enjoy these on this slow Thursday and get us into the weekend.

  1. Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner) was drafted with the 139th pick in the seventh round in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City (now Sacramento) Kings.
  2. In 1937, there was a jump ball after every successful basket. Yes… after every single basket.
  3. Lance Stephenson has a brother named Lantz Stephenson.
  4. Pete Maravich once said, “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at 40.” He proceeded to play 10 years in the NBA and died of a heart attack at 40.
  5. Steven Adams’ full name is Steven Funaki Paea He Ofa Ki Loa Adams.
  6. Gilbert Arenas was banned from Xbox Live for cheating in Halo 3.
  7. God played for the Washington Wizards… God Shammgod.
  8. In 2013, Marc Gasol made the All NBA Defense Second Team but won the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
  9. In his sophomore year, John wall shot 7% from the three-point line. He attempted 42 three-pointers and only made 3.
  10. In 2014, in a Nets vs. Heats game, players wore jerseys with their nicknames on them. Some of the nicknames were: Jesus Shuttleworth (Ray Allen), Chris Andersen (Birdman), King James (Lebron James), Rashard Lewis (Sweet Lew), JET (Jason Terry), The Big Ticket (Kevin Garnett), Truth (Paul Pierce), etc.
  11. The 2012 Charlotte Bobcats hold the worst record in NBA history. They had a 7-59 Win/Loss record (10.6%).
  12. Manute Bol paid 80 cows for his wife.
  13. Shaq has played 1207 games and has only made one three-pointer.
  14. The shorter player in NBA history, Mugsy Bogues, recording 39 blocks during his career.
  15. The creator of NBA Jam hated the Chicago Bulls so much that he embedded a special code that made them miss last-second shots.
  16. 7x All-Star, 1966 ROTY, 1975 All-Star MVP, and Hall of Famer Dave Bing was the Mayor of Detroit from 2009-2013. His lowest approval rating was 14%. Oof.
  17. Rhode Island had a team called the Providence Steamrollers. I forgot Rhode Island was even a state…
  18. In March 2003, Qyntel Woods was pulled over by the cops. He did not have an ID so he instead showed a basketball card of himself as identification. It didn’t work.
  19. The OJ in OJ Mayo stands for Ovington J’Anthony.
  20. Carmelo Anthony is afraid of cats.
  21. Lavar Ball’s brother’s are named LaFrance, LaValle, LaRenzo, and LaShon.
  22. Wes Unseld and Wilt Chamberlain are the only players to win MVP as rookies.
  23. Wes Unseld won Finals MVP while averaging less than 10 points.
  24. Kendrick Perkins is one month older than LeBron James.
  25. Scott Skiles has the most assists in a game with thirty.
  26. Scottie Pippen and LeBron James played in the NBA at the same time.
  27. In the 1961-1962 NBA season, Wilt Chamberlain played 49 minutes per game. This was also the same year when he averaged 50 points and 26 rebounds per game.
  28. Phil Jackson was close to getting Scottie Pippen to join the Kobe & Shaq Lakers in 1999 but Jerry Buss prevented a deal from being offered due to salary cap concerns.
  29. Ben Wallace finished his career with more blocks than fouls and more steals than turnovers.
  30. Jalen Rose played 83 regular-season games in the 2001-2002 NBA season.
  31. Dave Cowens did not make the NBA First Team during the year he won MVP.
  32. AC Green remained a virgin his entire NBA career. He played until he was 37.
  33. RnB singer Ginuwine’s real name is Elgin Baylor Lumpkin.
  34. The president of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley, was drafted in 1967 in the first round as the 7th pick by the San Diego Rockets.
  35. Paul George’s middle name is Cliftonantho.
  36. Rapper Nelly used to walk Bradley Beal to school.
  37. Caron Butler was addicted to Mountain Dew. He drank six 12-ounce Mountain Dews a day.
  38. Kevin Love’s uncle Milk Love is the founding member of the Beach Boys.
  39. Matt Barnes was the #1 wide receiver prospect coming out of high school.
  40. 17% of all 7-foot Americans make it to the NBA.
  41. In 2015 the entire Mavericks backcourt had the same exact birthday. J.J Barea, Deron Williams, and Raymond Felton were all born on June 26, 1984.
  42. The Miami Heat started in the Western Conference.
  43. Allen Iverson’s younger brother is named Mister Allen Iverson.
  44. David Lee recorded 37 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists on April 2nd, 2010. The last player to have a 30 point, 20 rebounds, and 10 assist game was Kareem-Abdul Jabaar.
  45. Rick Barry wore a wig for a whole season.
  46. Yao Ming is deaf in his left ear.
  47. Charles Barkley used to play with a belly button full of vaseline.
  48. The very first basketball game ended with a score of 1-0 and was played with a soccer ball.
  49. Russell Westbrook’s best friend and rival died during a high school game. Westbrook wears a remembrance band on his wrist to commemorate him.
  50. Hakeem Olajuwon has the most quadruple-doubles with TWO. His first quadruple-double was on March 3rd, 1990. He had 29 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 blocks. Only 26 days later, Hakeem had his second quadruple-double. He had 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 blocks.
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