The NBA will celebrate its landmark 75th anniversary during the 2021-22 season.
As part of the celebrations, the 75th Anniversary Season will be commemorated as "NBA 75," which will feature the unveiling of the 75 greatest players in league history.
This isn't the first time that the league will commemorate a landmark season with an anniversary team. The NBA 25th Anniversary Team was selected in 1971, the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team was unveiled in 1980 and the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History were chosen in 1996.
Who made previous NBA anniversary teams? Below, find the list of names from the NBA 25th Anniversary Team, the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
NBA 25th Anniversary Team
The NBA celebrated its 25th anniversary by announcing the Silver Anniversary Team on Dec. 11, 1971.
The team did not include active players and was meant to be an all-time All-NBA Team, made up of four guards, four forwards and two centers. At the time, there were only two All-NBA teams, and the 25th Anniversary Team was meant to be a reflection of that. To be nominated, players must have had at least one All-NBA Team selection up to that point.
Selection panel included Red Auerbach, Ned Irish, Eddie Gottlieb, Haskell Cohen, Danny Biasone, Lester Harrison, Fred Zollner, Ben Kerner, Fred Schaus, and Bob Feerick.
|Bob Cousy, Guard||Bob Davies, Guard|
|Bill Sharman, Guard||Sam Jones, Guard|
|Bob Pettit, Forward||Paul Arizin, Forward|
|Dolph Schayes, Forward||Joe Fulks, Forward|
|Bill Russell, Center||George Mikan, Center|
NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team
This team was announced on Oct. 30, 1980, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the NBA.
The 35th Anniversary All-Time Team was created in the mould of an All-Star team, consisting of 11 players regardless of position, as well as a coach. Unlike the 25th Anniversary Team, active players were eligible for selection.
Selected through a poll by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America.
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||George Mikan|
|Elgin Baylor||Bob Pettit|
|Wilt Chamberlain||Oscar Robertson|
|Bob Cousy||Bill Russell|
|Julius Erving||Jerry West|
|John Havlicek||Coach: Red Auerbach|
50 Greatest Players in NBA History
The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History were announced by former commissioner David Stern on Oct. 29, 1996, commemorating the league's 50th anniversary.
Much larger than the first two iterations, the 50th Anniversary Team consisted of players selected regardless of position, with 11 players who were active at the time earning a selection. 47 of the 50 players selected gathered during halftime of the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, OH.
Selected through a vote by a panel of media members, former players and coaches, and current and former executives.
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Dave Cowens||Elvin Hayes||Earl Monroe||Dolph Schayes|
|Tiny Archibald||Billy Cunningham||Magic Johnson||Shaquille O'Neal||Bill Sharman|
|Paul Arizin||Dave DeBusschere||Sam Jones||Hakeem Olajuwon||John Stockton|
|Charles Barkley||Clyde Drexler||Michael Jordan||Robert Parish||Isiah Thomas|
|Rick Barry||Julius Erving||Jerry Lucas||Bob Pettit||Nate Thurmond|
|Elgin Baylor||Patrick Ewing||Karl Malone||Scottie Pippen||Wes Unseld|
|Dave Bing||Walt Frazier||Moses Malone||Willis Reed||Bill Walton|
|Larry Bird||George Gervin||Pete Maravich||Oscar Robertson||Jerry West|
|Wilt Chamberlain||Hal Greer||Kevin McHale||David Robinson||Lenny Wilkens|
|Bob Cousy||John Havlicek||George Mikan||Bill Russell||James Worthy|
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