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NBA unveils its 75th anniversary team

Published Oct 22, 2021 2:34 pm

Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and LeBron James highlight the National Basketball Association's 75th anniversary team which was announced Oct. 21 (Oct. 22 in Manila).

The members of the team have won a total of 158 NBA championships and amassed 730 all-star selections leading up to the league's landmark 75th anniversary season which began with the Milwaukee Bucks unveiling their championship banner.

A panel of voters were asked to choose the 75 greatest players of all-time, but the league ended up settling on 76 players instead of 75. They did not rank the players by number or position.

There are six international stars from a half dozen countries, comprising Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica), Steve Nash (Canada), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) and Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Tim Duncan (US Virgin Islands).

Eleven active players also got the nod: Antetokounmpo, James, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

The voting panel included several current and former players who are also named to the team including Rick Barry, Julius Erving, Stephen Curry, and Scottie Pippen.

Due to a tie, the list features 76 players in alphabetical order: below

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2. Ray Allen

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo

 Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on against the Miami Heat during the first half at FTX Arena on Oct. 21, 2021 in Miami, Florida. AFP

4. Carmelo Anthony

5. Nate Archibald

6. Paul Arizin

7. Charles Barkley

8. Rick Barry

9. Elgin Baylor

10. Dave Bing

11. Larry Bird

12. Kobe Bryant

13. Wilt Chamberlain

14. Bob Cousy

15. Dave Cowens

16. Billy Cunningham

17. Stephen Curry

18. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis #3 and LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers high five during the game against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 19, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. AFP

19. Dave DeBusschere

20. Clyde Drexler

21. Tim Duncan

22. Kevin Durant

23. Julius Erving

24. Patrick Ewing

25. Walt Frazier

26. Kevin Garnett

27. George Gervin

28. Hal Greer

29. James Harden

30. John Havlicek

31. Elvin Hayes

32. Allen Iverson

33. LeBron James

34. Magic Johnson

35. Sam Jones

36. Michael Jordan

37. Jason Kidd

38. Kawhi Leonard

39. Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Moda Center on October 20, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. AFP

40. Jerry Lucas

41. Karl Malone

42. Moses Malone

43. Pete Maravich

44. Bob McAdoo

45. Kevin McHale

46. George Mikan

47. Reggie Miller

48. Earl Monroe

49. Steve Nash

50. Dirk Nowitzki

51. Hakeem Olajuwon

52. Shaquille O'Neal

53. Robert Parish

54. Chris Paul

 Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball against the Denver Nuggets on October 20, 2021 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. AFP

55. Gary Payton

56. Bob Pettit

57. Paul Pierce

58. Scottie Pippen

59. Willis Reed

60. Oscar Robertson

61. David Robinson

62. Dennis Rodman

63. Bill Russell

64. Dolph Schayes

65. Bill Sharman

66. John Stockton

67. Isiah Thomas

68. Nate Thurmond

69. Wes Unseld

70. Dwyane Wade

71. Bill Walton

72. Jerry West

73. Russell Westbrook

74. Lenny Wilkens

75. Dominique Wilkins

76. James Worthy