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Mar 21st, 2011 at 09:45 GMT
DUDE...this is an awesome idea and a great quiz. 5 rating and a NOMINATION from me
Mar 21st, 2011 at 14:32 GMT
I agree with Moise. It was a challenge for me to think of these players this way. I did a lot worse than I thought I would even though I have heard of 99% of these players. Great quiz!
Mar 21st, 2011 at 15:59 GMT
Shouldn't Yao be included in the Y's? By Chinese naming conventions, his last name is "Yao" after all. He has 9247 points.
Mar 21st, 2011 at 20:55 GMT
I was so sure Ekpe Udoh had more than 341 points, easy. Nope, only 158.
Mar 21st, 2011 at 21:09 GMT
Okay, I included him, source had him at "M", thank you!
Mar 21st, 2011 at 21:26 GMT
If that is the case, Wang Zhizhi needs to be in the w's, not the z's. Wang is his surname.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 01:31 GMT
Yao should be active. He may be out for the year, but any talk of retirement is just speculation.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 16:26 GMT
got bob lanier...missed wilt chamberlain...fail
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 17:35 GMT
4957 of Kareem's points were scored while he was still Lew Alcindor. Should that count towards this since we are talking about letters of the alphabet and therefore names being important. In the least though, Alcindor should be accepted, heck it even still has the same first letter.
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Mar 22nd, 2011 at 19:08 GMT
I know you figure this out as soon as you get your first answer but I think you should specify if your asking for last or first names
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 22:04 GMT
Yao should be acceptable without entering Ming.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 23:36 GMT
Which letter would win a tournament? I'd guess the P's- the B's have the most talent, but don't really have a backcourt. The J's would be the funnest team to watch, with Jordan, Magic, and LeBron on the court together.
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 02:49 GMT
I wouldn't sleep on the M's, either. If somehow Reggie Miller could play point and allow McGrady to step over, the two Malones would be a devastating frontcourt.
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 11:36 GMT
Always thought it was Vande-r-weghe. Huh. Learn something new every day. And I also like the Cs a little bit. Cousy and Carter in the backcourt, slide 6'9 Cummings to SF, Chambers at the 4 and Wilt? Major matchup problems in the front court. I might take my chances with that squad.
Mar 24th, 2011 at 23:10 GMT
I'd go with the R's as my dark horse. The Big O running the show, the Admiral down low, Rice and Richmond gunning from the outside, and Cliff Robinson basically filling in the blanks...pretty balanced team.
Mar 27th, 2011 at 17:27 GMT
I'd take the B's for the entertainment value...you'd have to have Kobe run the point & Larry Legend at the 2 guard spot.
Mar 27th, 2011 at 17:27 GMT
But I also like ivn's assessment of the R's & y2jdilemma's of the C's...very solid teams right there.
Mar 28th, 2011 at 21:29 GMT
More teams - The G's are actually really solid. Gilmore and Garnett is a hell of a frontcourt. Play Gervin in the three spot (he's big enough) and then Goodrich and Greer are your backcourt. They might be a little small by modern standards but I think they could still get the job done. The D's have a lot of talent, but they're sort of two different teams. You could get an awesome run-and-gun going with Dumars distributing to Clyde the Glide, Dantley, and Walter Davis, but Duncan (who's probably their best player) doesn't fit in. The O's would be way too slow in the backcourt, but it would be fun just to see such a big lineup. I guess Hakeem (who at least has great footwork) and Odom would have to be the guards. I wouldn't bet on anybody really beating the Ps, but nobody has a big three who can match Jordan, Magic, and LeBron.
Apr 16th, 2011 at 20:28 GMT
Cant belive I forgot WEST. Great idea of a quiz
Jul 29th, 2011 at 19:36 GMT
Antawn Jamison has more points than Magic?!?
Game published: Aug 3rd, 2011 at 19:03 GMT
Aug 3rd, 2011 at 20:13 GMT
Forgot Jerry West, remembered Zeke Zawoluk. (Just kidding about the last part, I just wanted to point out how awesome a name "Zeke Zawoluk" is.)
Aug 3rd, 2011 at 20:34 GMT
Shaq is retired
Aug 3rd, 2011 at 22:58 GMT
scared to say I'm proud with getting 66
Aug 3rd, 2011 at 23:50 GMT
A: Strength at point and center, then three swingmen in the middle. Lack of a viable power forward is a problem. B: A dangerous "big" lineup if Bryant can run the offense. C: Solid, but the forwards lack sex appeal. D: A fun lineup, though getting Duncan involved would be a challenge. E: Two centers, three small forwards, no one to distribute the ball. F: The opposite of the E's, they have three point guards, but no interior force. G: A couple of combo guards, Gervin on the wing, and a stiff front two. A lineup that can play together. H: Four small forwards and a big man: it can't work. I: The Answer, the guy who took away his alpha dog status in Philly, and three big, slow white guys. What can go wrong?
Aug 4th, 2011 at 00:04 GMT
Never thought I'd ever see George Zidek on a Sporcle quiz that didn't have to do with national champions at UCLA.
Aug 4th, 2011 at 00:18 GMT
J: There's no one to play center, but I bet they'd manage. K: The pieces fit together, but they don't add up to much. L: No backcourt. M: Inside scoring to redundancy, but would need McGrady to run the offense. N: Good point, good post, anonymous wing. O: This is your custom team from NBA Live '96 on the Sega Genesis when you were 10 years old and didn't recognize the difference between positions. P: Everyone in the line up is a Hall of Famer, or will someday be one, and represents every position on the floor. The best all-around starting five to be found. R: Comes close to matching the P's. S: A great point guard, limited options to pass to. T: Same as S, but worse. V: It's the only lineup with a pair of identical twins, so they have that going for them. W: Lenny runs the point, Jerry plays shooting guard, Chet's on the wing, 'Nique plays a little out of position on the post, and Willis in the middle: this isn't a half-bad basketball team.
Aug 4th, 2011 at 08:26 GMT
For a guy who seemed to be a career backup, Terry Cummings sure managed to get a lot of points.
Aug 4th, 2011 at 08:38 GMT
Was typing Hornacek (dont ask me why) and it gave me Keith Van Horn.
Aug 4th, 2011 at 13:04 GMT
@dxdtdemon: Cummings was a great starter and an occasional all-star for a decade or so. He only became a backup later in his career, but he was injured most of that time.
Aug 4th, 2011 at 16:02 GMT
I love how my brain works. I remember Zidek, Udoka, Udrih, Quinn. Yet I forget legends like Walter Davis, Bob McAdoo and Reggie Theus. Great idea for a quiz, had a fun time playing it.
Aug 4th, 2011 at 19:05 GMT
As always Bill Russell is no where to be found.
Aug 5th, 2011 at 07:52 GMT
Nice getting published again, thx. I wonder why my last letter version only has 77 plays yet? --> http://www.sporcle.com/games/Lauro/nba-top-scorer-by-last-letter
Aug 5th, 2011 at 14:20 GMT
@dxd: Cummings was pretty fantastic at the start of his career. One of the better power forwards along with Barkley in the mid-eighties. He and the rest of that Bucks team got old real fast though.
Oct 11th, 2011 at 06:01 GMT
Sep 17th, 2012 at 05:53 GMT
I bet Bill Simmons could get a whole column out of this quiz.
Jan 4th, 2013 at 19:30 GMT
How come Yao Ming was in the y category? all of the other players in there have last names with y and Yao Ming doesn't.??
Feb 12th, 2013 at 15:00 GMT
Let me introduce you to Rick Barry
Mar 19th, 2013 at 06:38 GMT
^ LOL, what he said. ^ No joke. Barry had more points than Baylor, Bird and Bellamy. What a crock.
Apr 13th, 2013 at 22:14 GMT
-Yao Ming's family name is Yao, his given name is Ming. Thus he is under "Y". -Rick Barry scored 18,395 points in the NBA and 6,884 points in the ABA. This quiz is labeled as an NBA quiz and reflects those totals. -Please update this quiz at the end of the regular season and/or the conclusion of the playoffs to reflect the new totals.
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