The NBA said on Thursday that it will announce its 75 greatest players ever in October, in line with its 75th founding anniversary.
“The 2021-22 season will be truly special as we celebrate 75 years of NBA basketball,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
“We look forward to honoring the players and teams – both past and present – who have inspired generations of fans around the world.”
The list will be judged by media, current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives.
The league announced its 50 greatest players in its 50th anniversary in the 1996-1997 season.
Players who could make the list include superstars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Steph Curry.
Former MVPs Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash and Allen Iverson are likely to get in, too.
In the 50 greatest list, the players combined for 107 NBA championship rings, more than 400 NBA All-Star Game selections, and nearly 1 million points scored.
The announcement for that list was made at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, which occupies the site of the former Commodore Hotel, where the original NBA charter was signed on June 6, 1946.
The NBA’s inaugural season took place in 1946-47 and featured 11 teams, including 3 active franchises: the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors).
The Knicks were part of the NBA’s first game when they played the Toronto Huskies on November 1, 1946, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, with the Warriors being crowned the league’s first champion.
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