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The players that weren’t on the NBA’s 50th anniversary team that made the 75th anniversary team

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Andrei Kirilenko guards Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant

Andrei Kirilenko, right, sticks to Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant during the Jazz home game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bryant scored 40 points as the Lakers beat the Jazz 93-87.

Keith Johnson, Deseret News

In honor of the NBA’s 75th anniversary this year, the league unveiled the 75 greatest players in NBA history.

The 75th anniversary team was selected by a panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives.

The NBA did a similar list for its 50th anniversary in 1996, putting together the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Like the 75th anniversary team, a panel of media, players and executives selected the 50 members, which included three Utah Jazz players — John Stockton, Karl Malone and Pete Maravich.

All 50 members of that 50th anniversary team made the 75th anniversary team, and the league added an additional 25 players, which turned into 26 players because of a tie in the voting, from the 1970s to the current era.

Below are the 26 players, including each player’s resume.


Giannis Antetokounmpo (2013-present, Milwaukee Bucks)

  • Resume: 2021 NBA champion, two-time MVP, 2021 NBA Finals MVP, five-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA, four-time All-Defense, 2019-20 Defensive Player of the Year

Tim Duncan (1997-2016, San Antonio Spurs)

  • Resume: Five-time NBA champion, two-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP, 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 15-time All-Defense, 1997-98 Rookie of the Year, fifth in all-time blocks, sixth in all-time rebounds, Hall of Fame

Kevin Durant (2007-present, Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets)

  • Resume: Two-time NBA champion with Golden State Warriors, 2013-14 MVP, two-time Finals MVP, 11-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA, 2007-08 Rookie of the Year, four-time scoring champ

Kevin Garnett (1995-2015, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets)

  • Resume: 2008 NBA champion with Boston Celtics, 2003-04 MVP, 15-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defense, 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year, four-time rebound champ, all-time defensive rebound leader, 18th in all-time points scored, Hall of Fame

James Harden (2009-present, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets)

  • Resume: 2017-18 MVP, nine-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, three-time scoring champ, 2016-17 assist champ, 2011-12 Sixth Man of the Year, NBA Finals appearance

Allen Iverson (1996-2009, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies)

  • Resume: 2000-01 MVP, 11-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, four-time scoring champ, three-time steals champ, 1996-97 Rookie of the Year, NBA Finals appearance, 25th in all-time points scored, 14th in all-time steals, Hall of Fame

Steve Nash (1996-2016, Pheonix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers)

  • Resume: Two-time MVP, eight-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, five-time assist champ, third in all-time assists, Hall of Fame

Dirk Nowitzki (1998-2019, Dallas Mavericks)

  • Resume: 2011 NBA champion, 2006-07 MVP, 2011 Finals MVP, 14-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA, sixth in all-time points

Chris Paul (2005-present, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns)

  • Resume: 11-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA, nine-time All-Defense, 2005-06 Rookie of the Year, six-time steals champ, four-time assists champ, NBA Finals appearance, fifth in all-time assists, fifth in all-time steals

Ray Allen (1996-2014, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat)

  • Resume: Two-time NBA champion with Boston and Miami, 10-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, NBA all-time leader in 3-pointers, Hall of Fame

Carmelo Anthony (2003-present, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers)

  • Resume: 10-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, 2012-13 NBA scoring champ, 10th in all-time points scored

Kobe Bryant (1996-2016, Los Angeles Lakers)

  • Resume: Five-time NBA champion, 2007-08 MVP, two-time Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defense, two-time scoring champ, fourth in all-time points scored, Hall of Fame

Stephen Curry (2010-present, Golden State Warriors)

  • Resume: Three-time NBA champion, two-time MVP, seven-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, two-time scoring champ, 2015-16 steals champ, second in all-time 3-pointers made

Anthony Davis (2013-present, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers)

  • Resume: 2020 NBA champion with Lakers, four-time All-NBA, eight-time All-Star, three-time block champ, four-time All-Defense

LeBron James (2003-present, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers)

  • Resume: Four-time NBA champion with Cavaliers, Heat and Lakers, four-time NBA MVP, four-time Finals MVP, 17-time All-Star, 17-time All-NBA, six-time All-Defense, 2007-08 scoring champ, third in all-time points scored, eighth in all-time assists, 13th in all-time steals.

Jason Kidd (1995-2013, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks)

  • Resume: 2011 NBA champion with Mavericks, 10-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, nine-time All-Defense, five-time assists champ, second in all-time assists, second in all-time steals, Hall of Fame

Kawhi Leonard (2011-present, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers

  • Resume: Two-time NBA champion with Spurs and Raptors, two-time Finals MVP, five-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, 2014-15 steals champ

Damian Lillard (2012-present, Portland Trail Blazers)

  • Resume: Six-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, 2012-13 Rookie of the Year

Bob McAdoo (1972-1986, Buffalo Braves, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers)

  • Resume: Two-time NBA champion with Lakers, 1974-75 MVP, five-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, 1972-73 Rookie of the Year, three-time scoring champ, Hall of Fame

Reggie Miller (1987-2005, Indiana Pacers)

  • Resume: Five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA, 21st in all-time points, third in all-time 3-pointers made, NBA Finals appearance, Hall of Fame

Gary Payton (1990-2007, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat)

  • Resume: 2006 NBA champion with Heat, nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA, nine-time All-Defensive team, 1995-96 Defensive Player of the Year, 1995-96 steals champ, 10th in all-time assists, fourth in all-time steals, Hall of Fame

Paul Pierce (1998-2017, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers)

  • Resume: 2008 NBA champion, 2008 Finals MVP, 10-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA, 16th in all-time points, 20th in all-time steals, Hall of Fame

Dennis Rodman (1986-2000, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks)

  • Resume: Five-time NBA champion with Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, eight-time All-Defensive team, seven-time rebounding champ, 23rd in all-time rebounds, Hall of Fame

Dwyane Wade (2004-2019, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers)

  • Resume: Three-time NBA champion, 2006 Finals MVP, 13-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA, three-time All-Defensive team, 2008-09 scoring champ

Russell Westbrook (2008-present, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers)

  • Resume: 2016-17 MVP, nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA, Finals appearance, two-time scoring champ, three-time assists champ, most triple-doubles in an NBA season, first in all-time triple-doubles, 12th in all-time assists

Dominique Wilkins (1982-1999, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic)

  • Resume: Nine-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA, 1985-86 scoring champ, 14th in all-time points, Hall of Fame