Larry Bird, other Celtics legends make NBA's list of 76 greatest players originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The NBA's 75th season tipped off with a matchup between two of the league's top 76 players of all time.
It was announced Tuesday ahead of the season opener between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks that Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named to the NBA's list of the greatest 75 players in league history as part of the celebration for the anniversary season. The league announced that 76 players made the list in all due to a tie in voting.
Here are the first 25 players from the list that were unveiled Tuesday, listed in alphabetical order:
The next 25 players were announced Wednesday. Here’s the second batch, in alphabetical order:
The final 26 players were unveiled on Thursday. Here they are in alphabetical order:
The NBA last did a greatest players list during the 1996-1997 season, as the top 50 were honored at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland for the league's 50th anniversary. All 50 players who were honored back then made the 75th anniversary team as well.
Durant, in an interview on TNT on Tuesday, recalled that ceremony while discussing the honor of being selected for the latest list.
"It means a lot," Durant said. "It means everything, to be honest. You wanna leave your mark on this league, on the game of basketball itself. To be among the greatest that this game has ever seen, just to be in that same company is pretty sweet. As a kid I saw the 50th anniversary and always dreamed of having one of those jackets on, being amongst that group. So, it feels good to be part of it now."