Ranking the anniversary Twitter reacts to first 25 players named to NBA 75 history

The first 25 players on the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team have been revealed, and here’s how the NBA family reacted on social media.

The first 25 members of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team have officially been revealed, and the remaining 50 players will be announced on Wednesday (3 ET, ESPN) and Thursday (6 ET, TNT).

With the first batch of basketball legends announced, check out what the NBA world has to say about the team so far:

The NBA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary season this year. Some have quibbled whether that should be the right number, as it was technically called the “BAA” or Basketball Association of America for three seasons, but that’s the accounting the NBA has gone with as part of their much-marketed 75th Anniversary.

As part of the festivities, the NBA is planning to unveil its list of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. They did the same thing at the 50th anniversary, with a “50 at 50” team, and will roll out a larger list during the first week of the regular season.

The NBA is unveiling its list of the 75 best players in NBA history for its 75th anniversary. We go one step forward and rank all 75.
The NBA has been loaded with star talent, from George Mikan to Zion Williamson. Picking out the 75 best players is a difficult task, but certainly an interesting one. Who are the 75 best players in NBA history? What criteria do you use?

As an amateur NBA historian, I am going to jump in and write my own list. The NBA didn’t rank their Top-50 list and presumably won’t rank this list either, but I decided to go one step further and rank my Top 75. Let’s look into the criteria I used before starting the list!

The NBA’s 75th anniversary season tips off on Tuesday, Oct. 19 and NBA League Pass has you covered for all of the action with a free preview for the opening week of the season. Here are some of the games you can catch this week, exclusively on NBA League Pass.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Top five rookies make their NBA debuts

While we’ve seen them in Summer League and the preseason, the 2021-22 rookie class officially makes its debut with the tipoff of the regular season. For the top five picks in the Draft, that day is Wednesday, Oct. 20, so get ready to bounce from game to game during an 11-game night to see the next generation of the NBA make their first impression.

Chicago at Detroit, 7:00 p.m. ET

No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham averaged 18.7 points in the Summer League but has not appeared in any preseason games for the Pistons as he recovers from an ankle injury. While the word is that Cunningham is “on course” to return, the Pistons could hold Cunningham out if his ankle isn’t quite right on Wednesday.

No. 2 pick Jalen Green averaged 20.3 points in the Summer League and 13.3 in four preseason games for the Rockets. What will the NBA G League Ignite product have in store for his regular season debut against last year’s No. 1 overall pick and Kia Rookie of the Year runner-up Anthony Edwards? I mean, Green can make catching a cross-court pass a must-see highlight.

No. 3 pick Evan Mobley will make his regular-season debut in Memphis as the Cavaliers clash with the Grizzlies. Mobley offered glimpses of how he can impact the game on both sides of the court during the summer league (11.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.7 bpg) and the preseason (8.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 bpg) as an athletic seven-footer that can defend at the rim and on the perimeter and has a handle to top things off.

This game has significance for two reasons. First, it is the debut of No. 4 pick Scottie Barnes, who led all rookies and ranked 10th overall in assists during the preseason (5.6 per game) as his all-around play shined with averages of 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 26 minutes per game. Here’s one of those dimes.

 

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