NBA 75 team: Full list of players revealed as league celebrates 75th anniversary season


Get ready to embrace debate, folks. The NBA 75 list is here.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the league will be releasing a list featuring the 75 greatest players in NBA history during the first week of the 2021-22 season. A similar list was compiled ahead of the 1996-97 season to honor the 50 greatest players of all time, but given the amount of talent that has come through the league since then, it’s possible a few players from the original top 50 will lose their spots.

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Which legends of the game will land on the list? Which players will earn the “snub” label? The Sporting News will update the NBA 75 list below as the names are announced.

NBA 75 team: Full list of players revealed

(Note: These are not rankings. Nos. 51-75 will be revealed on Thursday.)

1. Hal Greer

2. Dirk Nowitzki

3. Bob Pettit

4. Oscar Robertson

5. Bill Russell

6. Giannis Antetokounmpo

7. Kevin Durant

8. Elvin Hayes

9. Jerry Lucas

10. Willis Reed

11. Nate Archibald

12. Bob Cousy

13. Dave Cowens

14. James Harden

15. Hakeem Olajuwon

16. Kevin McHale

17. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

18. George Mikan

19. John Stockton

20. Steve Nash

21. Charles Barkley

22. Julius Erving

23. George Gervin

24. Moses Malone

25. David Robinson

26. Magic Johnson

27. James Worthy

28. Wilt Chamberlain

29. Jerry West

30. Larry Bird

31. Michael Jordan

32. Scottie Pippen

33. Isiah Thomas

34. Clyde Drexler

35. Karl Malone

36. Patrick Ewing

37. Chris Paul

38. Allen Iverson

39. Tim Duncan

40. Kevin Garnett

41. John Havlicek

42. Sam Jones

43. Robert Parish

44. Bill Sharman

45. Bill Walton

46. Walt Frazier

47. Paul Arizin

48. Rick Barry

49. Nate Thurmond

50. Wes Unseld

51. Elgin Baylor

52. Dave Bing

53. Billy Cunningham

54. Dave DeBusschere

55. Pete Maravich

56. Earl Monroe

57. Shaquille O’Neal

58. Dolph Schayes

59. Lenny Wilkens

60. Dominique Wilkins

61. Dennis Rodman

62. Ray Allen

63. Dwyane Wade

64. Jason Kidd

65. Kobe Bryant

66. Gary Payton

67. Bob McAdoo

68. Paul Pierce

69. Stephen Curry

70. Reggie Miller






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When will the NBA 75 list be unveiled?

The NBA 75th anniversary team will be unveiled in three parts during the first week of the 2021-22 season.

  • First 25 players revealed: Tuesday, Oct. 19 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Next 25 players revealed: Wednesday, Oct. 20 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Last 25 players revealed: Thursday, Oct. 21 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)

Who votes on the NBA 75 list?

The NBA 75th anniversary team was selected by a panel of media members, current and former players, coaches and team executives. The league has not yet announced if it will share voting results or if it presented specific guidelines that each voter was required to follow. The process seems largely subjective.

How will the NBA celebrate its 75th anniversary season?

There will be several dates on the 2021-22 season schedule featuring classic matchups, including a Nov. 1 contest between the Knicks and Raptors that will take place on the 75th anniversary of the NBA’s first regular-season game. The league will also introduce a special 75th anniversary season logo as well as new Classic and City Edition uniforms.

Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Bob Pettit and Oscar Robertson as well as 14-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki will serve as ambassadors throughout the season. Given that they will have a significant presence at league events, including 2022 All-Star weekend in Cleveland, it feels safe to assume that they made the NBA 75 list.

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