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NBA HoopGrids Answers for Friday, July 21

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Serge Ibaka celebrates for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Which NBA players have suited up for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors? Who’s logged at least one minute for the New York Knicks and recorded at least 1,500 career steals in the Association?

Those questions and more are central to the Friday, July 21, 2023, edition of HoopGrids, the viral basketball game taking the Internet by storm.

The central premise? Find a player who fits the rules set forth by column and row. But if you truly want to impress yourself — and, perhaps more importantly — your hoophead friends, you’ll want to minimize your rarity score by submitting players who don’t frequently appear in other grids. Some guess-and-check is required to get to the 99.99th percentile, but we’ll provide our first guesses at the most obscure choices and their actual percentage scores at the time of publication.

We at Sportscasting have you covered with all possible answers for each of today’s nine HoopGrids cells.

Which NBA players have played for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors?

Yes, the Seattle SuperSonics are eligible here since the franchise retained its full history when it shifted from the Pacific Northwest to Oklahoma City. Serge Ibaka should be the most popular answer, but all of the following work:

  • Aaron Williams
  • Art Long
  • Benoit Benjamin
  • D.J. Augustin
  • Donyell Marshall
  • Greg Foster
  • Jelani McCoy
  • Morris Peterson
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Paul Watson
  • Reggie Evans
  • Rick Brunson
  • Ronald Dupree
  • Sebastian Telfair
  • Serge Ibaka
  • Steve Novak
  • Svi Mykhailiuk

Sportscasting’s Choice: Jelani McCoy (0.25%)

Which NBA players have played for both the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors?

Andrea Bargnani, Charles Oakley, Marcus Camby, and Tracy McGrady are all likely to be common answers for this combination. But the full list is as follows:

  • Andrea Bargnani
  • Anthony Carter
  • Antonio Davis
  • Brad Lohaus
  • Charles Oakley
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Chris Childs
  • Doug Christie
  • Fred Jones
  • Henry Ellenson
  • Herb Williams
  • Hubert Davis
  • Jalen Rose
  • Jarrett Jack
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • Jerome Williams
  • John Wallace
  • José Calderón
  • Landry Fields
  • Marcus Camby
  • Mark Jackson
  • Quincy Acy
  • Rick Brunson
  • Rod Strickland
  • Roger Mason
  • Steve Novak
  • Svi Mykhailiuk
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Willie Anderson

Sportscasting’s Choice: Brad Lohaus (0.07%)

Which NBA players have played for both the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors?

No one would fault you for going with the easy choice and writing down Vince Carter here, but you can pick from all of the following:

  • Alex Len
  • Austin Daye
  • DeAndre’ Bembry
  • Delon Wright
  • DeMarre Carroll
  • Dion Glover
  • Donald Whiteside
  • Greg Foster
  • Haywoode Workman
  • Jannero Pargo
  • Jelani McCoy
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • John Long
  • John Thomas
  • José Calderón
  • Kevin Willis
  • Kris Humphries
  • Lou Williams
  • Mamadou N’Diaye
  • Marco Belinelli
  • Michael Bradley
  • Michael Stewart
  • Paul Watson
  • Reggie Slater
  • Tim Kempton
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Tyrone Corbin
  • Vince Carter

Sportscasting’s Choice: Dion Glover (0.24%)

Which NBA players have played for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs?

Similarly, no one would begrudge you picking Brent Barry, George Hill, or one of the other obvious options, but be wary. Plenty of HoopGrids answers will include them, and rarer options abound:

  • Antonio Daniels
  • Avery Johnson
  • Brent Barry
  • Charles Smith
  • Chuck Person
  • Dale Ellis
  • Dave Corzine
  • David Wingate
  • Desmon Farmer
  • Doug McDermott
  • Francisco Elson
  • Frank Brickowski
  • George Hill
  • George Johnson
  • Ira Newble
  • Isaiah Roby
  • Jerome Kersey
  • Joffrey Lauvergne
  • John Lucas
  • John Shumate
  • Jon Sundvold
  • Kevin Martin
  • Kevin Williams
  • Kurt Thomas
  • Malik Rose
  • Mike Green
  • Mike Wilks
  • Nazr Mohammed
  • Reggie Williams
  • Rod Higgins
  • Stephen Howard
  • Steve Hayes
  • Steve Johnson
  • Steve Novak
  • Terry Cummings
  • Vernon Maxwell
  • Vinnie Johnson

Sportscasting’s Choice: Desmon Farmer (0.13%)

Which NBA players have played for both the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs?

Both franchises have such rich histories that it’s not difficult to find notable names such as Antonio McDyess and Maurice Cheeks on the following list. But then again, few players have truly starred for both the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs:

  • Anthony Bowie
  • Anthony Carter
  • Antonio McDyess
  • Beno Udrih
  • Bill McGill
  • Brad Lohaus
  • Charles Smith
  • Charlie Ward
  • David Lee
  • David Wingate
  • DerMarr Johnson
  • Doc Rivers
  • Doug McDermott
  • Felton Spencer
  • Howard Eisley
  • Ime Udoka
  • J.R. Reid
  • Jackie Butler
  • James White
  • Kurt Thomas
  • Len Chappell
  • Malik Rose
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Mo Layton
  • Monty Williams
  • Nazr Mohammed
  • Pete Myers
  • Ray Williams
  • Rod Strickland
  • Roger Mason
  • Shannon Brown
  • Sidney Green
  • Steve Novak
  • Terry Cummings
  • Trent Tucker
  • Willie Anderson

Sportscasting’s Choice: Pete Myers (0.11%)

Which NBA players have played for both the Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs?

Talk about a wealth of options. Highlighted by Dominique Wilkins (yes, he had a brief stint in the Alamo City) and Moses Malone (see previous parenthetical), 54 different players have suited up for both the Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs:

  • Amal McCaskill
  • Anthony Tolliver
  • Antoine Carr
  • Austin Daye
  • Bill McGill
  • Bill Willoughby
  • Billy Paultz
  • Bob Christian
  • Boris Diaw
  • Brandon Williams
  • Chucky Brown
  • Cliff Hagan
  • Darrin Hancock
  • Dejounte Murray
  • DeMarre Carroll
  • DerMarr Johnson
  • Dewayne Dedmon
  • Dion Glover
  • Doc Rivers
  • Dominique Wilkins
  • Ennis Whatley
  • Gary Neal
  • George Johnson
  • Glenn Robinson
  • Gorgui Dieng
  • Greg Anderson
  • Ira Newble
  • Jacque Vaughn
  • Jaylen Morris
  • Jeremy Richardson
  • Jerry Chambers
  • Keith Edmonson
  • Kevin Willis
  • Len Chappell
  • Leon Wood
  • Marco Belinelli
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Mike Dunleavy
  • Mike Wilks
  • Morlon Wiley
  • Moses Malone
  • Nazr Mohammed
  • Ray Williams
  • Shaler Halimon
  • Speedy Claxton
  • Stephen Jackson
  • Steve Smith
  • Theo Ratliff
  • Tiago Splitter
  • Tim Kempton
  • Tyler Zeller
  • Tyrone Corbin
  • Wes Matthews
  • Willie Burton

Sportscasting’s Choice: Bill Willoughby (0.01%)

Which NBA players have played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and recorded at least 1,500 career steals?

The options are inherently more limited when statistical benchmarks replace a franchise since we’re only looking at the upper echelon of the steals leaderboard. Just 48 players have recorded at least 1,500 swipes, and eight have suited up for the Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle SuperSonics:

  • Chris Paul
  • Eddie Johnson
  • Gary Payton
  • Gus Williams
  • Hersey Hawkins
  • James Harden
  • Nate McMillan
  • Russell Westbrook

Sportscasting’s Choice: Hersey Hawkins (2.72%)

Which NBA players have played for the New York Knicks and recorded at least 1,500 career steals?

If you’re going for HoopGrids’ rarity score, don’t put Jason Kidd or Mark Jackson. At least you have 10 options here:

  • Baron Davis
  • Derek Harper
  • Doc Rivers
  • Doug Christie
  • Jason Kidd
  • Mark Jackson
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Metta World Peace
  • Rod Strickland
  • Trevor Ariza

Sportscasting’s Choice: Doug Christie (3.51%)

Which NBA players have played for the Atlanta Hawks and recorded at least 1,500 career steals?

Despite the lengthy nature of the Atlanta Hawks’ franchise history (see: St. Louis days), they have only six choices:

  • Doc Rivers
  • Gus Williams
  • Jason Terry
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Mookie Blaylock
  • Vince Carter

Sportscasting’s Choice: Gus Williams (2.35%)

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