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When will the NBA 75 players list be unveiled? Full release schedule for league’s 75th anniversary team



Back in July at the 2021 NBA Draft, league commissioner Adam Silver marked the unofficial start of the 2021-22 season by noting that the NBA’s 75th campaign would honor “the past and present legends of our game” as well as “look ahead to the future.”

As part of the 75th anniversary celebration, the league will be releasing its NBA 75 list, a collection of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. The league compiled a similar list ahead of the 1996–97 season honoring the 50 greatest players in NBA history, leading to plenty of debates among basketball fans.

Which players will make the cut this time? Here is everything you need to know about the NBA’s 75th anniversary team.

MORE: Ranking the best NBA players entering the 2021-22 season

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

Who was on the NBA’s 50th anniversary team?

(In alphabetical order)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2. Nate Archibald

3. Paul Arizin

4. Charles Barkley

5. Rick Barry

6. Elgin Baylor

7. Dave Bing

8. Larry Bird

9. Wilt Chamberlain

10. Bob Cousy

11. Dave Cowens

12. Billy Cunningham

13. Dave DeBusschere

14. Clyde Drexler

15. Julius Erving

16. Patrick Ewing

17. Walt Frazier

18. George Gervin

19. Hal Greer

20. John Havlicek

21. Elvin Hayes

22. Magic Johnson

23. Sam Jones

24. Michael Jordan

25. Jerry Lucas

26. Karl Malone

27. Moses Malone

28. Pete Maravich

29. Kevin McHale

30. George Mikan

31. Earl Monroe

32. Hakeem Olajuwon

33. Shaquille O’Neal

34. Robert Parish

35. Bob Pettit

36. Scottie Pippen

37. Willis Reed

38. Oscar Robertson

39. David Robinson

40. Bill Russell

41. Dolph Schayes

42. Bill Sharman

43. John Stockton

44. Isiah Thomas

45. Nate Thurmond

46. ​​Wes Unseld

47. Bill Walton

48. Jerry West

49. Lenny Wilkens

50. James Worthy



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