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What are some basketball trivia that would surprise even the most knowledgable of fans?

Just off the top of my head:

-Shot clock was put into place in 1954 by the Syracuse Nationals (a team now defunct)

-The first MVP ever was Bob Pettit in 1956

-Wilt Chamberlain averaged 45 minutes a game for his entire career. Most players these days can’t even play 45 minutes for ONE game.

-Elgin Baylor saved the Lakers from bankruptcy

-The Lakers lost the 1969 Finals because the Lakers coach didn’t like Wilt Chamberlain and refused to put him in for the last 4 minutes

-Nate Thurmond averaged exactly 15 points and 15 rebounds a game. He also had the first quadruple double.

-The 1973 Celtics still hold the franchise record for wins with 68. They didn’t win the championship that year.

-Oscar Robertson is the only guard to win MVP between 1958 and 1987. Magic Johnson became the first guard to win MVP in 23 years. Ironically, these days it has reversed and the last center to win MVP was Shaq in 2000.

-Rick Barry is the only player to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring

-the ABA merged with the NBA mostly due to the NBA wanting the talents of one man, Julius Erving

-Wes Unseld and Wilt Chamberlain are the only players to win MVP and also be a rookie

-Wes Unseld won Finals MVP in 1978 despite not leading his team in any category. Other Finals MVPs facts: Jerry West won the first one in 1969 and is still the only one to win it despite losing. Andre Iguodala became the first to win it despite not being a starter.

-The 3 point shot came to the ABA first, then the NBA in 1979

-The 3 point shot line was shortened in the mid 1990s for a brief time

-The Lakers lost the 1989 Finals because Magic pulled a hamstring and Byron Scott got injured

-The only years in the 1980s where the LA Lakers missed the Finals was 1981 and 1986 and both times the Houston Rockets beat them out

-Free agency rules and higher player salaries were a direct result of the Oscar Robertson lawsuit

-the Lakers traded Gail Goodrich to the New Orleans Jazz for the rights to their draft pick in 1979. That pick turned out to be Magic Johnson

-Teams were still trying to recruit Wilt to their team when Wilt was into his 50s

-The Trailblazers are the unluckiest franchise ever with their high draft picks like LaRue Martin (#1 1972 pick), Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, Arvydas Sabonis, Brandon Roy and Greg Oden all coming down with injuries at some point in their careers.

-The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the first duo ever to face each other in the Finals 4 years in a row.

-The Detroit Pistons traded Grant Hill who was injured for Ben Wallace who was a key player in their 2004 championship run

-Dirk Nowitzki holds the franchise record for most seasons with one team (21)