Twenty-five years after the NBA honored its 50 greatest players, the apex basketball league has dropped a list of its 75 greatest players.
This is in commemoration of its 75th anniversary.
Over the course of three days, the league named its 76 greatest players (there was a tie), determined by a blue-ribbon panel of ex-players, executives, coaches and media.
Of course controversies were inevitable, with notable omissions from the list and the odd surprise addition.
Interestingly, not one player from the 50 greatest players announced during the 1996-97 season dropped off the list of 75 greatest players revealed by the NBA over the past three days. It was just 26 new names added to the list.
The NBA’s 75th anniversary team, in alphabetical order:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Ray Allen; Giannis Antetokounmpo; Carmelo Anthony; Nate Archibald; Paul Arizin; Charles Barkley; Rick Barry; Elgin Baylor; Dave Bing; Larry Bird; Kobe Bryant; Wilt Chamberlain; Bob Cousy; Dave Cowens; Billy Cunningham; Stephen Curry; Anthony Davis; Dave DeBusschere; Clyde Drexler; Tim Duncan; Kevin Durant; Julius Erving; Patrick Ewing; Walt Frazier. Kevin Garnett; George Gervin; Hal Greer; James Harden; John Havlicek; Elvin Hayes; Allen Iverson; LeBron James; Magic Johnson; Sam Jones; Michael Jordan; Jason Kidd; Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard; Jerry Lucas; Karl Malone; Moses Malone; Pete Maravich; Bob McAdoo; Kevin McHale; George Mikan; Reggie Miller; Earl Monroe; Steve Nash; Dirk Nowitzki; Hakeem Olajuwon; Shaquille O’Neal; Robert Parish; Chris Paul; Gary Payton; Bob Pettit; Paul Pierce; Scottie Pippen; Willis Reed; Oscar Robertson; David Robinson; Dennis Rodman; Bill Russell; Dolph Schayes; Bill Sharman; John Stockton; Isiah Thomas; Nate Thurmond; Wes Unseld; Dwyane Wade; Bill Walton; Jerry West; Russell Westbrook; Lenny Wilkens; Dominique Wilkins; James Worthy.
Below are some notable omissions from the elite list…
- Tracy McGrady
- Dwight Howard
- Tony Parker
- Manu Ginobili
- Vince Carter
- Bernard King
- Alex English
- Pau Gasol
- Bob Lanier
- Adrian Dantley
- Dikembe Mutombo
- Alonzo Mourning
- Nikola Jokic
- Klay Thompson
- Chris Bosh