First list of the best 75 NBA players of all time


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First list of the best 75 NBA players of all time

The NBA will be celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout the 2021-22 season, and part of that celebration includes presenting the list of the 75 greatest players in NBA history.

It’s been 25 years since the League released its list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, which kicked off a season-long celebration of the NBA’s 50th anniversary in 1996. During halftime of the Game 1997 NBA All-Star in Cleveland, 47 of the 50 members of that team were honored in person. The 2022 All-Star Game is once again scheduled to return to Cleveland as a nod to that moment.

The NBA’s 75th anniversary team was selected by a panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers, and team executives. The top 25 members of that team, representing a cross-section of positions and eras throughout NBA history, were unveiled Tuesday night. The next 25 members will be announced Wednesday on NBA Today (3 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN app), and the final 25 players will complete the roster on Thursday on TNT at 6 p.m. ET.

The full list of players announced so far is this:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Stats: 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG in 20 seasons with Milwaukee Bucks (1969-70 to 1974-75) and Los Angeles Lakers (1975-76 to 1988-89); NBA career leader in total points.

Achievements: 19-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 11-time All-Defensive Team, six-time MVP, two-time Finals MVP, 1969-70 Rookie of the Year, two-time scoring champion, four -block champion time, rebounding champion from 1975-76, six-time NBA champion.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Stats: 20.9 PPP, 9.1 RPG, 4.5 APG in eight seasons with Milwaukee Bucks (2013-14 to 2020-21) *.

Achievements: five-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA, four-time All-Defensive team, two-time MVP, 2019-20 Defensive Player of the Year, 2016-17 Player Most Improved, 2021 Finals MVP, 2021 NBA Champion .

Nate archibald

Stats: 18.8 PPP, 2.3 RPG, 7.4 APG in 13 seasons with Cincinnati Royals / KC-Omaha / Kansas City Kings (1970-71 to 1975-76), New York Nets (1976-77), Boston Celtics (1978-79 to 1982-83) and Milwaukee Bucks (1983-84).

Achievements: Six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA, 1972-73 scoring and assists champion, 1981 All-Star MVP, 1981 NBA champion.

Charles barkley

Stats: 22.1 PPP, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG in 16 seasons with Philadelphia 76ers (1984-85 to 1991-92), Phoenix Suns (1992-93 to 1995-96) and Houston Rockets (1996-97 to 1999-00).

Achievements: 11-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA, 1992-93 MVP, 1991 All-Star MVP, 1986-87 rebounding champion.

Bob cousy

Stats: 18.4 PPP, 5.2 RPG, 7.5 APG in 14 seasons with the Boston Celtics (1950-51 to 1962-63) and Cincinnati Royals (1969-70).

Achievements: 13-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA, eight-time assist champion, 1956-57 NBA MVP, two-time All-Star MVP, six-time NBA champion.

Dave cowens

Stats: 17.6 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG in 11 seasons with the Boston Celtics (1970-71 to 1979-80) and the Milwaukee Bucks (1982-83).

Achievements: 8-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA, three-time All-Defensive team, 1972-73 MVP, 1973 All-Star MVP, 1970-71 Rookie of the Year, two-time NBA champion.

Kevin Durant

Stats: 27.0 PPP, 7.1 RPG, 4.2 APG in 14 seasons with Seattle SuperSonics (2007-08), Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-09 to 2015-16), Golden State Warriors (2016-17 to 2018-19) and Brooklyn Nets (2019-20 to 2020-21) *.

Achievements: 11-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA, 2013-14 MVP, 2007-08 Rookie of the Year, two-time All-Star MVP, two-time Finals MVP, four-time scoring champion, two-time champion of the NBA.

Julius Erving

Stats: 22.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.9 APG in 11 NBA seasons with Philadelphia 76ers (1976-77 to 1986-87); He also played five seasons in the ABA with Virginia Squires (1971-72 to 1972-73) and the New York Nets (1973-74 to 1975-76).

Achievements: 11-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, 1980-81 NBA MVP, two-time NBA All-Star MVP, 1983 NBA champion.

George Gervin

Stats: 26.2 PPP, 4.6 RPG, 2.8 APG in 10 NBA seasons with San Antonio Spurs (1976-77 to 1984-85) and Chicago Bulls (1985-86); He also played four ABA seasons with Virginia Squires (1972-73 to 1973-74) and the San Antonio Spurs (1973-74 to 1975-76).

Achievements: Nine-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, 1980 All-Star MVP, four-time scoring champion.

Hal greer

Stats: 19.2 PPP, 5.0 RPG, 4.0 APG in 15 seasons with Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers (1958-59 to 1972-73).

Achievements: 10-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, 1968 All-Star MVP, 1967 NBA champion.

James harden

Stats: 25.1 PPP, 5.5 RPG, 6.5 APG in 12 seasons with Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-10 to 2011-12), Houston Rockets (2012-13 to 2020-21) and Brooklyn Nets (2020-21) *.

Achievements: Nine-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, three-time scoring champion, 2016-17 assist champion, 2017-18 MVP, 2011-12 Sixth Man of the Year.

Elvin hayes

Stats: 21.0 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.8 APG in 16 seasons with the San Diego / Houston Rockets (1968-69 to 1971-72; 1981-82 to 1983-84) and Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets (1972-73 to 1980- 81).

Achievements: 12-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, two-time All-Defensive, 1968-69 scoring champion, two-time rebounding champion, 1978 NBA champion.

Jerry lucas

Stats: 17.0 PPG, 15.6 RPG, 3.3 APG in 11 seasons with Cincinnati Royals (1963-64 to 1969-70), San Francisco Warriors (1969-70 to 1970-71) and New York Knicks (1971-72 to 1973-74 ).

Achievements: Seven-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA, Rookie of the year 1963-64, MVP All-Star of 1965, NBA Champion in 1973.

Moses Malone

Stats: 20.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 1.3 BPG in 19 NBA seasons with Buffalo Braves (1976-77), Houston Rockets (1976-77 to 1981-82), Philadelphia 76ers (1982-83 to 1985-86; 1993- 94), Washington Bullets (1986-87 to 1987-88), Atlanta Hawks (1988-89 to 1990-91), Milwaukee Bucks (1991-92 to 1992-93) and San Antonio Spurs (1994-95); He also played two seasons in the ABA with the Utah Stars (1974-75) and Spirits of St. Louis (1975-76).

Achievements: 12-time NBA All-Star, eight-time All-NBA, two-time All-Defensive Team, three-time MVP, 1983 Finals MVP, six-time rebounding champion, 1983 NBA champion.

Kevin McHale

Stats: 17.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 BPG in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics (1980-81 to 1992-93).

Achievements: Seven-time All-Star, 1986-87 All-NBA, six-time All-Defensive team, two-time Sixth Man of the Year, three-time NBA champion.

George Mikan

Stats: 23.1 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 2.8 APG in seven seasons with Minneapolis Lakers (1948-49 to 1955-56).

Achievements: 4-time All-Star, six-time All-BAA / NBA, 1953 All-Star MVP, three-time scoring champion, 1952-53 rebounding champion, five-time BAA / NBA champion.

Steve Nash

Stats: 14.3 PPP, 3.0 RPG, 8.5 APG in 18 seasons with Phoenix Suns (1996-97 to 1997-98; 2004-05 to 2011-12), Dallas Mavericks (1998-99 to 2003-04) and Los Angeles Lakers ( 2012-13 to 2013-14).

Achievements: eight-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, five-time assists champion, two-time MVP.

Dirk nowitzki

Stats: 20.7 PPP, 7.5 RPG, 2.4 APG in 21 seasons with Dallas Mavericks (1998-99 to 2018-19).

Achievements: 14 times All-Star, 12 times All-NBA, 2006-07 MVP, 2011 Finals MVP, 2011 NBA champion.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Stats: 21.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 BPG in 18 seasons with Houston Rockets (1984-85 to 2000-01) and Toronto Raptors (2001-02); NBA career leader in total blocks.

Achievements: 12-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA, nine-time All-Defensive team, 1993-94 MVP, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Finals MVP, two-time rebounding champion, three-time champion of Blocks, two-time NBA champion.

Bob pettit

Stats: 26.4 PPG, 16.2 RPG, 3.0 APG in 11 seasons with Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks (1954-55 to 1964-65).

Achievements: 11-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA, two-time MVP, four-time All-Star MVP, two-time scoring champion, 1958 NBA champion.

Willis reed

Stats: 18.7 PPP, 12.9 RPG, 1.8 APG in 10 seasons with New York Knicks (1964-65 to 1973-74).

Achievements: Seven-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA, 1969-70 Defensive team, 1969-70 NBA MVP, 1964-65 Rookie of the year, 1970 All-Star MVP, two-time Finals MVP, twice NBA champion.

Oscar robertson

Stats: 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG in 14 seasons with Cincinnati Royals (1960-61 to 1969-70) and Milwaukee Bucks (1970-71 to 1973-74).

Achievements: 12-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA, 1963-64 MVP, 1960-61 Rookie of the year, three-time All-Star MVP, six-time assist champion, 1971 NBA champion.

David robinson

Stats: 21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 3.0 BPG in 14 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (1989-90 to 2002-03).

Achievements: 10-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA, eight-time All-Defensive, 1994-95 MVP, 1991-92 Defensive Player of the Year, 1989-90 Rookie of the Year, 1993-94, 1990 Rebounding Champion -91, 1991-92 blocking champion, two-time NBA champion.

Bill Russell Stats: 15.1 PPP, 22.5 RPG, 4.3 APG in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics (1956-57 to 1968-69).

Achievements: 12-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA, five-time MVP, 1963 All-Star MVP, four-time rebounding champion, 11-time NBA champion.

John stockton

Stats: 13.1 PPP, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG in 19 seasons with Utah Jazz (1984-85 to 2002-03); The NBA’s career leader in assists and total steals.

Achievements: 10-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA, five-time All-Defensive team, nine-time assists champion, two-time steals champion, 1993 All-Star MVP.

* All active player stats / achievements are entering the 2021-22 season.


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