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Five Fun Facts About Golden State Warriors Star Klay Thompson

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 14, 2017

Klay Thompson has proven over the years to be a reliable NBA player who can help his team in a number of ways. He’s really made an impact on a very good Golden State Warriors team and become a bit of a fan favorite in the process.

Here are five fun facts about Klay Thompson:

The Best In The 50th State

As a sophomore at Washington State University, Klay Thompson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Great Alaska Shootout when he helped the Cougars with the whole tournament.

Dad Beat Ya’, Son

In 2011, Klay Thompson was chosen by the Golden State Warriors with the 11th overall pick in the NBA Draft. 33 years earlier, in 1978, Klay’s dad Mychal Thompson had been the number one overall player taken in the NBA Draft.

Look At That Work Ethic!

Klay Thompson didn’t miss a game in either of his first two NBA seasons.

Take That, Sacramento!

After six seasons in the NBA, Klay Thompson has scored more points against the Sacramento Kings than he has against any other team.

First Time Over 40

The first time Klay Thompson eclipsed the 40 point mark in an NBA game came on November 1, 2011 in a Warriors win over the Lakers. That game saw him score 41 points, grab five rebounds, and dish out two assists.

Five Fun Facts About Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 13, 2017

Kevin Durant has been one of the top players in the NBA for a very long time. He has proven to be valuable at both ends of the court and can truly compete with anyone.

Here are five fun facts about Kevin Durant:

No Where To Go But Up

As an NBA rookie with the Seattle SuperSonics during the 2007/08 season, Kevin Durant averaged 20.8 points per game. This would be the fewest points per game he’d average through his first ten seasons in the league. The most would be the 30.1 points he averaged per game in 2009/10 with Oklahoma City during his third NBA season.

Birthday Boy

Kevin Durant was born on September 29, 1988. Other NBA players who share his September 29th birthday include Chuck Cooper, Hersey Hawkins, Jerome Jordan, Brad Lohaus, and John Paxson.

#35 On The Roster

Kevin Durant has worn jersey number 35 for his entire career, including with the Sonics, Thunder, and now Warriors. Golden State players who wore that jersey before him include Jud Buechler, Larry Kenon, Rudy LaRusso, Ray Owes, Erick Dampier, Terry Cummings, and Brian Cardinal.

First Game In Golden State

In Kevin Durant’s first game after joining the Warriors, a loss to the Spurs, he would score 27 points, grab 10 rebounds, dish out four assists, and get two steals and two blocked shots.

Best Game With The Warriors

Kevin Durant’s highest scoring game during his first season in Golden State came in a win over his former team the Thunder on January 18, 2017 when he scored 40 points, including going 5 of 7 from behind the three point line, while also getting 12 rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots.

Five Fun Facts About Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 12, 2017

Steve Kerr had a great NBA career as a player and he’s followed that up so far with a great career as a head coach too. He’s well liked by both fans and players, and has earned everyone’s respect. It isn’t too often that one comes along and excels both on the court and in the huddle.

Here is a look at five fun facts about Steve Kerr:

His Debut Game

In his NBA debut, a Suns loss to the Trail Blazers, Steve Kerr would come off the bench for Phoenix, play 8 minutes, get one rebound and one assist, and score three points as he went 1-for-1 from behind the arc.

How Many Teams?

As an NBA player, Steve Kerr played for six NBA teams: Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs (twice), and Portland Trail Blazers.

Best Game

In a 1992 Cavaliers win over the Pacers, Steve Kerr would score 24 points, the most of his NBA career.

Two Time Leader

Steve Kerr led the NBA in 3-point percentage twice, first with the Cavaliers in 1989/90 and then with the Bulls in 1994/95.

Who Had The Pick?

Steve Kerr was drafted by the Suns in 1988. The pick used to take him was originally owned by the Lakers and had been traded to Phoenix in 1985 as part of a package that acquired Maurice Lucas.

Five Fun Facts About Golden State Warriors Star Stephen Curry

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 11, 2017

Without a doubt, Stephen Curry is one of the best players in the entire NBA. The Golden State Warriors are lucky enough to call him one of their own too. When he’s on the court, all eyes are on him… and understandably so!

Here are five fun facts about Stephen Curry:

What? Not His First Name?

Stephen Curry’s actual given first name he was given at birth was not “Stephen”. That’s his middle name. His actual first name is “Wardell”.

Record Breaker!

As a sophomore at Davidson College in North Carolina, Stephen Curry set a new NCAA record for most three point shots made in a season. A few years into his pro career, he would set the NBA record for most three point shots made in a season.

First Time League Leader

The first thing Stephen Curry would lead the NBA in was as a second year player during the 2010/11 season when he led all NBA players in free throw percentage, putting a .934 percentage up.

His First NBA Game

In his first NBA game ever, a loss to the Houston Rockets on October 28, 2009, Stephen Curry would score 14 points, grab two rebounds, dish out four assists, and get seven steals.

Over 40

On November 7, 2016, Stephen Curry broke the 40 point mark in a game for the very first time in his career. That game, a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, saw him make 13 of 17 shots from behind the 3-point line, finish with 46 points, and also five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Five Fun Facts About Golden State Warriors Star Draymond Green

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 10, 2017

Draymond Green is one of the many star players who help make the Golden State Warriors one of the best teams in basketball. He has a workmanlike attitude and gives his all on the court. This great team wouldn’t be where they are today without him.

Here are five fun facts about Draymond Green:

Famous Alumni

Draymond Green attended Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan. Other famous sports personalities to go to the same high school as him include former Raiders defensive back Terry McDaniel, NBA player Darvin Ham, NFL wide receiver Charles Rogers, and NFL player LaMarr Woodley.

The First Ever!

As a sophomore at Michigan State University during the 2009/10 season, Draymond Green became the first Spartans player to win the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Finally! A Chance

Draymond Green started just one game for the Warriors as a rookie during the 2012/13 season. It came in the 58th game of the year, a loss on the road to the Knicks. In that game he score four points, grabbed five rebounds, and ended up with a steal, an assist, and a block to go along with his five personal fouls.

Milestones

The first NBA team Draymond Green would score double figures against during his career was Charlotte. The first time he had a 20 point game in the league it came against the Timberwolves. The first time he would go over the 30 point mark in an NBA game it came against the Chicago Bulls.

His Favorite Opponent

After five seasons in the NBA, the team Draymond Green would score the most total points against was the Sacramento Kings.

Five Fun Facts: Boston Red Sox Home Runs

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on August 9, 2016

The Boston Red Sox are one of the most popular teams in baseball and with good reason. They had some great years, performances, and players over the years. Here is a look at five fun facts about Boston Red Sox home runs.

The Red Sox 200 Home Run club

The first ten players to hit 200 or more home runs while wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform were Jimmie Foxx, Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, Rico Petrocelli, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Mo Vaughn, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz.

Boston Red Sox All Star Game Home Runs

Ted Williams set the Red Sox team record for most All-Star Game home runs when he hit on in 1941, two in the 1946 game, and then one in the 1956 All-Star Game. Fred Lynn came close to tying him after hitting one each in the 1976, 1979, and 1980 All-Star Games.

First Round Red Sox Draft Picks and Their Home Runs

The first six Red Sox first round draft picks to hit 100 or more home runs during their MLB career were Jim Rice, Mo Vaughn, Scott Hatteberg, Trot Nixon, Nomar Garciapara, and David Murphy.

50 Home Run Seasons for the Boston Red Sox

Jimmie Foxx hit 50 home runs for the Red Sox in 1938. The team wouldn’t see another 50 home run season until David Ortiz hit 54 in 2006.

David Ortiz and His First Red Sox Home Run

The first home run David Ortiz would hit as a member of the Boston Red Sox was a solo shot on April 27, 2003 off of Mickey Callaway in a 6-4 Boston win over the Angels.

Five Fun Facts About Notre Dame Fighting Irish Players in Pro Basketball

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 26, 2016

Notre Dame is one of the most famous and popular colleges in America. It’s known widely for its success on the football field but has put out some great basketball players too. Here is a look at five fun facts about Notre Dame and the NBA Draft.

Who Was the First Notre Dame Player to Make a Three Point Shot?

The first Notre Dame player to go on and make a three pointer in pro basketball was Collis Jones who was picked in the first round in the NBA by the Bucks and in the first round in the ABA by the Dallas Chaparrals. He played his entire career in the ABA.

Notre Dame Players and Their Turnovers

The first five Notre Dame basketball players to go on and turn the ball over 1,000 or more times in the NBA were Orlando Woolridge, Kelly Tripucka, Bill Laimbeer, Bill Hanzlik, and LaPhonso Ellis. Ellis barely made the group, finishing his career with a total of 1,001 turnovers.

The Top Notre Dame Rebounder in the NBA

The Notre Dame basketball player to have more career rebounds than anyother is Bill Laimbeer with 10,400. Prior to Laimbeer, the top spot on that list was held by Notre Dame player Tom Hawkins who played in the 1960s and finished with a total of 4,607.

The Top Assist Makers in the NBA from Notre Dame

The first five Notre Dame players to finish their NBA careers with over 2,000 assists were Adrian Dantley, Kelly Tripucka, Bill Hanzlik, John Paxson, and Bill Laimbeer.

A Notre Dame Drought in the 1960s

Notre Dame saw at least one player get drafted by the NBA in every decade from the 1950s to the 2010s, except for the 1960s. Tom Hawkins was taken by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1959 out of Notre Dame and another Fighting Irish player wouldn’t be drafted until Collis Jones in 1971.

Five Fun Facts About The Oklahoma Sooners And The NBA Draft

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 21, 2016

Five Fun Facts About the University of Oklahoma and the NBA Draft

The University of Oklahoma is probably most known as a football school. They have had a lot of success over the years though in basketball too. Here are five fun facts about the University of Oklahoma and the NBA Draft.

The First Sooners NBA Draft Pick Ever

The first Oklahoma Sooner picked in the NBA Draft was Paul Courty. This happened in 1949 in what was called the BAA Draft as the NBA had yet to be formed. He was picked by the Providence Steamrollers but elected to play for the Phillips 66ers of the Amateur Athletic Union instead.

Oklahoma Sooners Drafted In The First Round

The first eight Oklahoma Sooners taken in the first round of the draft were Marcus Freiberger in 1951, Garfield Heard in 1970, Alvan Adams in 1975, Wayman Tisdale in 1985, Harvey Grant in 1988, Stacey King and Mookie Blaylock in 1989, and Blake Griffin in 2009.

The First Sooners Draft Pick To Make A Three Point Shot

The first Oklahoma Sooners draft pick to make a three pointers was Donald Sidle. He was drafted out of Oklahoma in 1968 by the San Francisco Warriors but instead chose to play in the American Basketball Association. In his second season in 1969/70, he made the first three pointer by a Sooners draft pick while playing for the Miami Floridians.

Most Assists By A Oklahoma Sooners Draft Pick

Prior to guard Mookie Blaylock taking the top spot with nearly 6,000 career assists, the most career NBA assists for a Sooners draft pick was the 4,012 dished out by center Alvan Adams.

The First 3 Sooners Draft Picks In The 10,000 Point Club

The first three Oklahoma Sooners draft picks to score over 10,000 career points in the NBA were Alvan Adams, Wayman Tisdale, and Mookie Blaylock.

Five Fun Facts About Ichiro Suzuki

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 24, 2016

Very few players are known simply by one name, but when you are as good as Ichiro Suzuki, that’s guaranteed to happen. A lot of baseball fans were skeptical of Ichiro‘s abilities when he came to Major League Baseball from Japan, but he has gone on to prove each and every one of them wrong. Here are five fun facts about Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro Suzuki Hits Home Runs

Two of Ichiro’s first four career home runs were hit off of Rangers pitcher Jeff Zimmerman. He hit the first of his career off of him on April 6, 2001 and then the fourth of his career off of him on July 2, 2001.

Ichiro Suzuki & Hideo Nomo?

In a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox in 2001 during his rookie season with the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was hit by a pitch for the very first time. The pitcher who hit him was Hideo Nomo.

10 Straight Gold Gloves

Amazingly, Ichiro Suzuki won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award 10 years in a row. This happened in his first 10 seasons of Major League Baseball play.

What Would You Trade For Ichiro Suzuki

With the Mariners in rebuilding mode in 2012, Ichiro came to management and asked for a trade. The team would send him to the Yankees and in return receive Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.

Ichiro Suzuki’s First All-Star Game Hit

In the 2001 MLB All-Star Game held in Seattle, Ichiro’s first one, he got the first All-Star Game hit of his career off of former Mariners star pitcher Randy Johnson who had made the team while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks that year. This was Johnson’s tenth and final All-Star Game. After reaching base, Ichiro would then steal second with another former Mariner, Alex Rodriguez, at the plate.

Five Fun Facts About Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 17, 2016

Kris Bryant hit the news as a highly touted prospect for the Chicago Cubs. The young third baseman quickly made his mark on the league too. Here are five fun facts about Kris Bryant of the Cubs.

Kris Bryant’s High School Alumni

Kris Bryant went to Bonanza High School in Nevada. Other notable names to attend the same high school as him include actress Jenna Jameson, mixed martial artist Gray Maynard, Klout founder Joe Fernandez, mixed martial artist Frank Mir, golfer Scott Piercy, and NFL player Gerald Riggs.

Kris Bryant, College Student

In college at the University of San Diego, Kris Bryant began as a biology major before switching to finance.

Kris Bryant and the MLB Draft

The Chicago Cubs picked Kris Bryant with the second overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. The last time the Cubs used the second overall pick was in 2001 when they selected pitcher Mark Prior.

Kris Bryant’s First MLB Game

In his first Major League Baseball game, a 5-4 loss to the Padres, Kris Bryant went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. All three strikeouts came at the hands of the Padres’ James Shields.

…And Once Again, Dexter Fowler Scores!

Four of the first five home runs that Kris Bryant hit in his Major League Baseball career came with Cubs’ centerfielder Dexter Fowler on base at the time.

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