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NBA unveils its 75th anniversary team

/ 09:45 AM October 22, 2021
Michael Jordan (R) of the Chicago Bulls flies in for the dunk while Karl Malone (L) of the Utah Jazz watches 10 June during game four of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Jordan finished with 34 points as the Bulls beat the Jazz 86-82 to lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo by JEFF HAYNES / AFP)

Michael Jordan (R) of the Chicago Bulls flies in for the dunk while Karl Malone (L) of the Utah Jazz watches  during game four of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Jordan finished with 34 points as the Bulls beat the Jazz 86-82 to lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. (AFP file photo)

LOS ANGELES  – Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and LeBron James highlight the National Basketball Association’s 75th anniversary team which was announced on Thursday.

The members of the team have won a total of 158 NBA championships and amassed 730 all-star selections leading up to the league’s landmark 75th anniversary season which began on Tuesday with the Milwaukee Bucks unveiling their championship banner.

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors during the first half at Staples Center on January 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Getty Images via AFP)

A panel of voters were asked to choose the 75 greatest players of all-time, but the league ended up settling on 76 players instead of 75. They did not rank the players by number or position.

There are six international stars from a half dozen countries, comprising Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica), Steve Nash (Canada), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) and Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Tim Duncan (US Virgin Islands).

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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks  (Getty Images via AFP)

Eleven active players also got the nod: Antetokounmpo, James, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

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Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell (AFP)

The voting panel included several current and former players who are also named to the team including Rick Barry, Julius Erving, Stephen Curry, and Scottie Pippen.

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