Boston, Massachusetts 2021-10-21 20:03:00 –
The 75 players weren’t enough for the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team.
Instead the league needed 76.
The top 75 players in NBA history, and another one revealed because they were tied in the vote. The group has won a total of 158 NBA Championships, 730 NBA All-Star Selections, and over 1.5 million points.
Players were not ranked in order and were announced randomly over a three-day period. And the league didn’t say which player ended up in that tie to determine the final location.
All 50 of the top 50 players selected at the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Ceremony 25 years ago are now on the Top 75 list. This is a clear indication that voters on this team respected the selection committee’s intentions a quarter of a century ago.
Among the new names on the list, in the first two announcements on Tuesday and Wednesday, Janice Adetokumpo, Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, James Harden, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Nine people, Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Paul, have been announced.
All the other newcomers were announced Thursday, with some obvious choices and some surprises. Dominique Wilkins was a notable dropout from the 50th Anniversary team, but created a 75th Anniversary team.
“It took me a while to get over it,” Wilkins said about snabs a quarter of a century ago.
He doesn’t have to worry about it anymore.
Nor is Bob McAdoo, another player who wasn’t on the Top 50 list 25 years ago but got enough votes to make it into the Top 75.
“Legend on and off the court” read a statement from the Miami Heat to commemorate McAdoo’s choice.
All other newcomers to the list were announced Thursday: Dennis Rodman, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Paul Pierce, Stephen Curry, Reggie Miller , Kawai Leonard, Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
“I just got chills. I don’t want to be cool and it doesn’t make any sense to behave this way … it’s surreal,” Wade said in a Turner sports television broadcast announced Thursday. .. “It’s not realistic to look at yourself and say,’I’m one of the best 75 players I’ve ever played this game.'”
Kidd responded similarly after being spoken in a pre-match interview before the current coaching team (Dallas Mavericks) began the season with the Atlanta Hawks.
“One, I’m surprised,” Kid said. “Two, that’s a surreal moment, right? There are a lot of great names, as mentioned on that list in 1975. I’m glad they found a way to put my name on that list.”
NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Alphabetical Order:
Kareem Abdul Jabbar; Ray Allen; Janice Adetokumpo; Carmelo Anthony; Nate Archibald; Paul Arizin; Charles Barkley; Rick Barry; Elgin Baylor; Dave Bin; Larry Bird; Corby Bryant; Wilt Chamberlain; Bob Cousy; Cowens; Billy Cunningham; Stephen Curry; Anthony Davis; Dave Divasher; Clyde Drexler; Tim Duncan; Kevin Durant; Julius Erving; Patrick Ewing; Walt Fraser.
Kevin Garnett; George Gervin; Hull Greer; James Harden; John Habrichek; Elvin Hayes; Allen Iverson; LeBron James; Magic Johnson; Sam Jones; Michael Jordan; Jason Kid; Kawai Leonard; Damian Lillard; Jerry Lucas; Karl Malone; Moses Malone; Pete Maravich; Bob Makadu; Kevin McHale; George Mikan; Reggie Miller; Earl Monroe; Steve Nash; Dark Novitsky.
Akeem O’Neal; Shaquille O’Neal; Robert Parish; Chris Paul; Gary Peyton; Bob Pettit; Paul Pierce; Scottie Pippen; Willis Reed; Oscar Robertson; David Robinson; Dennis Rodman; Bill Russell; Dorf Shades; Bill Sherman John Stockton; Isiah Thomas; Nate Salmond; Wes Unseld; Dwayne Wade; Bill Walton; Jerry West; Russell Westbrook; Lenny Wilkens; Dominique Wilkins; James Worthy.
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