The NBA will celebrate its 75th anniversary season during the 2021-22 season by commemorating it as “NBA 75” and naming a list of the League’s top 75 players, Commissioner Adam Silver announced at the start of the 2021 Draft on Thursday.
“The 2021-22 season will be truly special as we celebrate 75 years of NBA basketball,” Silver said in a statement. “We look forward to honoring the players and teams, both past and present, who have inspired generations of fans around the world.”
The NBA said a panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives will select the roster to be announced in October and likely to be held during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland.
Cleveland hosted the NBA All-Star Weekend in 1997, when the League celebrated its 50th anniversary season. The inaugural NBA campaign took place during the 1946-47 season with 11 teams.
The only three clubs left from the first season are the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors).