Aussie Hoopla Christmas Quiz

Aussie Hoopla Christmas Quiz

Here at Aussie Hoopla, we love two things – Australian basketball and trivia about Australian basketball.


As the end of 2016 approaches, it is always nice to look back on the events of the past.


So, print this page out or read it off your screen and play with your friends to see who is the real hoops tragic.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though; there are some real doozies here that go back to the first time a ball was bounced in the NBL.




  1. Which team won the first NBL championship?
  2. Which two teams played in the first ever NBL game?
  3. Which club has the most championship titles?
  4. What team was created from the merger of North Melbourne and South East Melbourne?
  5. What are the two teams to be based overseas?
  6. Which is the only current team to have not won a championship?
  7. What was the Adelaide 36ers called when they first entered the NBL in 1982?
  8. How many teams have become defunct?
  9. Which team holds the best record in a season?
  10. Which team holds the worst record in a season?
  11. Which team recorded the highest score in a game?
  12. Which team recorded the lowest score in a game?
  13. In what year did the NBL change from a winter to summer competition?
  14. What was so special about Canberra’s 96-91 win against Hobart in 1989?
  15. How many consecutive seasons have the Perth Wildcats made the playoffs?




  1. Who recorded the first ever triple double?
  2. Who recorded the highest points average for a season?
  3. Who was the first player to break the 50-point barrier in a game?
  4. Who was the most recent player to score 50 points in a game?
  5. Who is the NBL player to have the most NBA experience?
  6. Which two players hold the record for most defensive player of the year awards?
  7. Which three players have won all available league awards (Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Championship, Grand Final MVP, All-NBL First Team)?
  8. Who has won the most MVP awards?
  9. Who scored the most points in their debut game?
  10. Who recorded a triple-double on New Year’s Eve?
  11. How many points did Andrew Gaze, Dave Colbert, and Dave Simmons combine for in the record win against Wollongong in 1991: 77, 107 or 137?
  12. Who is the only player to record a quadruple-double in a game?
  13. How many 40+ point games did Andrew Gaze record in his career?
  14. How many shots did Reg Billings need to score 63 points?
  15. Who is the heaviest player to play in the NBL?




  1. Who scored the most points in a game and how much?
  2. Who record the most rebounds in a game and how much?
  3. Who recorded the most assists in a game and how much?
  4. Who recorded the most blocks in a game and how much?
  5. Who recorded the most steals in a game and how much?
  6. Who recorded the most triple doubles in a season and how much?
  7. How many points did Coburg defeat Sydney by in 1984?
  8. How many times is Dean Uthoff in the top five for most rebounds in a game?
  9. Who is the only player to score at least 60 points in a game twice in the NBL?
  10. How many free throws did Townsville shoot against Wollongong in 2012?
  11. What is the longest winning streak for an NBL team?
  12. What is the longest losing streak for an NBL team?
  13. Who is the only player to average at least 30 points a game in their career (minimum 100 games)?
  14. Which player has suited up for the most teams?
  15. Who is the only player to be top ten all time in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks?




  1. Which team has won the most WNBL titles?
  2. How many teams were in the inaugural season of the WNBL on 1981?
  3. Who is the only team to go undefeated in a season?
  4. Which teams played in the first WNBL game?
  5. Which team won the first WNBL title?
  6. Who has won the most MVP awards in the WNBL?
  7. What are the three current teams in the WNBL that are not from a capital city?
  8. Name three players voted into the WNBL 25th anniversary team, created in the 2004-05 season.
  9. How many times did the Sydney/Sydney University Flames lose the Grand Final in the 2000s?
  10. How many Defensive Player of the Year awards did Emily McInerny win between 1998 and 2008?




  1. How many Australians are playing in the NBA in 2016?
  2. Who was the first Australian to play in the NBA?
  3. How many Australian (including nationalised) players have played in the NBA?
  4. What city has produced the most number one draft picks in the NBA in the past 20 years?
  5. How many Australian born players have won an NBA championship?
  6. Which Australian has played the most seasons in the NBA?
  7. Which Australian has played the least amount of games in the NBA?
  8. Which Australian has played for the most NBA teams?
  9. What are the make and model of Matthew Dellavedova’s signature shoes?
  10. As at 20/12/2016, which Australian leads the NBA in three-point percentage?




  1. Who was the first Australian to play in the WNBA?
  2. Who is the Australian with the most career points in the WNBA?
  3. How many WNBA MVP awards did Lauren Jackson win?
  4. How many Australian players have played in the WNBA?
  5. How many Australians played in the WNBA in 2016?
  6. What draft pick was Liz Cambage selected by the Tulsa Shock (now Dallas Wings) in 2011?
  7. Who has the Australian record for games played in the WNBA?
  8. Who is the only non-American coach to win the Coach of the Year award?
  9. One of the five players to win Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same year is Australian. Who is she?
  10. Who are the four Australian players picked in the top ten in the WNBA draft?




  1. How many Australians are in the FIBA Hall of Fame?
  2. How many times have the Australian Boomers finished fourth in an Olympic Games?
  3. Which Australian came second in points per game in the 2016 Olympic Games?
  4. Before the 2016 Olympics, when was the last time the Opals did not win a medal?
  5. How many times has New Zealand beaten Australia in the FIBA Oceania Championship to make the Olympics?
  6. What position is the highest the Boomers have achieved in a FIBA World Cup?
  7. Who has coached the Boomers the longest?
  8. When did the Boomers and Opals first play in the Olympics?
  9. The Boomers are third all-time in games played in the Olympics. Who are the two countries above them?
  10. Who has played the most games for the Opals?






  1. St Kilda Saints defeated Canberra Cannons 94-93 in 1979
  2. Glenelg Tigers defeated City of Sydney Astronauts 68-65
  3. Perth Wildcats – Seven championships
  4. Victoria Titans
  5. New Zealand Breakers and Singapore Slingers
  6. Cairns Taipans
  7. Adelaide City Eagles
  8. 24 – Bankstown Bruins/West Sydney Westars, Canberra Cannons, City of Sydney Astronauts/Sydney Supersonics, Coburg Giants/North Melbourne Giants, Devonport Warriors, Frankstown Bears, Geelong Cats/Geelong Supercats, Glenelg Tigers, Gold Coast Blaze, Gold Coast Cougars/Gold Coast Rollers, Hobart Devils/Hobart Tassie Devils, Hunter Pirates, Launceston Casino City Tigers, Newcastle Falcons, Nunawading Spectres/Eastside Melbourne Spectres, Singapore Slingers, South Dragons, South East Melbourne Magic, St Kilda Saints/Westside Melbourne Saints/Southern Melbourne Saints, Townsville Suns/Townsville Crocodiles, Victoria Titans/Victoria Giants, West Adelaide Bearcats, West Sydney Razorbacks/Sydney Spirit, West Torrens Eagles/Forestville Eagles
  9. Adelaide 36ers went 24-2 in 1986
  10. Geelong Supercats went 0-24 in 1988
  11. Melbourne Tigers defeated Wollongong Hawks 186-158 in 1991
  12. Devonport Warriors were defeated by Nunawading Spectres 85-40 in 1983
  13. 1998
  14. Every Canberra player scored in double figures (seven players)
  15. 30, starting in 1987


  1. Phil Smyth had 16 points, 11 assists, and ten rebounds in St Kilda’s 119-87 win over Wollongong in 1982
  2. Andrew Gaze with 44.1 points per game in 1987
  3. Reg Biddings scored 63 points for Forestville against Bankstown in 1981
  4. Chris Goulding scored 50 points for Melbourne against Sydney in 2014
  5. Al Harrington played 981 games in the NBA
  6. Darnell Mee (99, 00, 01, 05, 06) and Damian Martin (11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  7. Leroy Loggins (1987), Chris Anstey (2005/06) and Sam Mackinnon (2006/07)
  8. Andrew Gaze with seven
  9. Bobby Locke scored 50 points in 1990 for Geelong against Illawarra
  10. Rob Rose had 23 points, 12 rebounds and ten assists in Townsville’s 98-95 loss against Wollongong
  11. Andrew Gaze had 59 points and 11 assists, Dave Colbert chipped in 42 points, and 20 rebounds and Dave Simmons added 36 points
  12. Darren Rowe had 25 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 blocks in Geelong’s 131-123 win against North Melbourne in 1990
  13. 101 (next highest was Leroy Loggins with 23)
  14. Biddings made 25 out of 50 field goals
  15. Nathan Jawai weighed 143kg in the 2015/16 season


  1. Al Green scored 71 points in 1984 for West Adelaide
  2. Dean Uthoff (1984) and Kendal Pinder (1985) collected 34 rebounds
  3. Derek Rucker dished out 24 assists in 1994 for Newcastle
  4. Darryl McDonald, Phil Smyth, Scott Fenton and Steve Woodberry pilfered 11 steals
  5. John Dorge sent back 14 blocks in 1991 for Geelong
  6. Rashad Tucker had six triple-doubles in 2004 for Perth
  7. Coburg defeated Sydney 154-66, the largest defeat in league history
  8. Three times (34, 33 and 33. All in 1984)
  9. Al Green scored 71 points against Frankston and 60 points against Sydney in 1984
  10. Zero free throws
  11. Brisbane won 21 games in a row in 2007
  12. Geelong lost 26 games in a row in 1988
  13. Andrew Gaze averaged 30.9 points per game for his career (612 games)
  14. Ben Knight played for eleven teams – Sydney, South East Melbourne, Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Wollongong, Sydney (again), Singapore, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney (again)
  15. Sam Mackinnon is ninth in steals, ninth in blocks, tenth in rebounds and tenth in assists


  1. Canberra Capitals – 00, 02, 03, 06, 07, 09, 10
  2. Nine – North Adelaide, St Kilda, West Adelaide, Melbourne, Bankstown, Catholic Young Men’s Society, Noarlunga, Australian Institute of Sport and Sutherland
  3. Sydney Flames won all 18 games in 1997
  4. AIS and West Adelaide
  5. St Kilda defeated North Adelaide 77-58
  6. Lauren Jackson (99, 00, 03, 04) and Suzy Batkovic (12, 13, 14, 16) have won four each
  7. Bendigo Spirit, Dandenong Rangers, and Townsville Fire
  8. Lauren Jackson, Robyn Maher, Michele Timms, Rachael Sporn, Shelley Sandie, Penny Taylor, Julie Nykiel, Jenny Cheeseman, Karin Maar, Trish Fallon, Tom Maher (coach)
  9. Six times (02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08)
  10. Nine times – 98, 99, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08


  1. Eight – Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Thon Maker, Patty Mills, Ben Simmons
  2. Luc Longley first played in 1991
  3. 20 – David Andersen, Chris Anstey, Cameron Bairstow, Aron Baynes (born in New Zealand), Andrew Bogut, Mark Bradtke, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Andrew Gaze, Ricky Grace (born in USA), Shane Heal, Joe Ingles, Kyrie Irving (plays for USA) Nathan Jawai, Luc Longley, Thon Maker (born in South Sudan), Darnell Mee (born in USA), Patty Mills, Luke Schenscher and Ben Simmons
  4. Melbourne, Victoria has produced three number picks – Andrew Bogut (2005), Kyrie Irving (2011) and Ben Simmons (2016)
  5. Seven – Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogut, Kyrie Irving, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Andrew Gaze and Luc Longley
  6. Andrew Bogut with twelve seasons
  7. Andrew Gaze played 26 NBA games
  8. Luc Longley played for four teams – Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix and New York
  9. PEAK Delly 1
  10. Joe Ingles is shooting 50% (34/68) from three with Utah


  1. The Phoenix Mercury signed Michele Timms in January 1997
  2. Lauren Jackson with 6,007 (seventh all time)
  3. Four – 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004
  4. 32 – Michele Timms, Rachael Sporn, Sandy Brondello, Tully Bevilaqua, Michelle Brogan, Carla Boyd, Kristi Harrower, Trisha Fallon, Jenny Whittle, Annie La Fleur, Jessica Bibby, Katrina Hibbert, Michelle Cleary, Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Kristen Veal, Jae Kingi-Cross, Suzy Batkovic, Belinda Snell, Laura Summerton, Erin Phillips, Leilani Mitchell, Kelsey Griffin, Alison Lacey, Abby Bishop, Liz Cambage, Jenna O’Hea, Rachel Jarry, Rebecca Allen, Cayla Francis, Marianna Tolo, Tess Madgen
  5. Five – Rebecca Allen (New York), Abby Bishop (Seattle), Jenna O’Hea (Seattle), Erin Phillips (Dallas), Penny Taylor (Phoenix)
  6. Second overall
  7. Tully Bevilaqua with 426 games (eleventh overall)
  8. Sandy Brondello in 2014 with the Phoenix Mercury
  9. Lauren Jackson in 2007
  10. Lauren Jackson (#1, 2001), Kelsey Griffin (#3, 2010), Alison Lacey (#10, 2010) and Liz Cambage (#2, 2011)
  11. Five – Al Ramsay (2009), Lindsay Gaze (2010), Andrew Gaze (2013), Jan Stirling (2015), Michele Timms (2016)


  1. Four times – 1988, 1996, 2000, 2016
  2. Patty Mills with 21.3 points per game
  3. 1992 Barcelona Olympics – the Opals did not qualify
  4. Twice – 2001 and 2009
  5. Fifth – in 1982 and 1994
  6. Lindsay Gaze – from 1972-1984 and 1994
  7. 1954 (Boomers), 1984 (Opals)
  8. The United States and Brazil
  9. Robyn Maher with 374 games (1979-1999)
Author: Kyle Abbott (84 Posts)

Kyle has barracked for the North Melbourne Giants, Victoria Titans, Victoria Giants and the South Dragons. He’s hoping the Melbourne United don’t fold like the rest of them