Teams With Most Players in NBA 75 List

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The NBA 75th Anniversary Team at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Oct 03, 2022, 8:34 PM
  • Here’s a list of NBA teams with most players on the anniversary team.
  • The Celtics lead the list.

The 2021-22 NBA season marks the 75th anniversary of the league, where 75 players were selected to be part of the anniversary team, and the basketball odds for this inclusion are very slim as several players were left out. A blue-ribbon panel picked past and present players to elect the big names such as Micahel Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and LeBron James in the exclusive group.

Its culminating event happened during the halftime of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game, and the majority of the personalities were in attendance to receive their well-deserved recognition. The ceremony began by introducing the swingmen, followed by the induction of the bigs and wrapped up by the guards.

But the last three names were the pinnacle of greatness as legendary icons LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan finished off the festivity with their combined star power. These athletes are considered in the top five of the all-time greats.

With the wealth of superstars together in one building, might one think about what teams they have donned throughout their careers? We listed down the top five teams in the NBA with the most players in the 75th-anniversary team. We included all the teams that these players have played into for at least one complete season with the team.

Boston Celtics – 20 players

The Boston Celtics have the most players in the NBA 75th anniversary team with 20 players. These players have a combined 177 NBA All-Star appearances, 65 championships and 14 MVP honors.

  • Ray Allen (2007-2012)
  • Nate Archibald (1978-1983)
  • Dave Bing (1977-1978)
  • Larry Bird (1979-1992)
  • Bob Cousy (1950-1963)
  • Dave Cowens (1970-1980 and 1982-1983)
  • Kevin Garnett (2007-2013)
  • John Havlicek (1962-1978)
  • Sam Jones (1957-1969)
  • Pete Maravich (1979-1980)
  • Bob McAdoo (1979)
  • Kevin McHale (1980-1993)
  • Shaquille O’Neal (2010-2011)
  • Robert Parish (1980-1994)
  • Gary Payton (2004-2005)
  • Paul Pierce (1998-2013)
  • Bill Russell (1957-1969)
  • Bill Sharman (1951-1961)
  • Bill Walton (1985-1988)
  • Dominique Wilkins (1994-1995)

Los Angeles Lakers – 16 players

Boston’s archrival, the Los Angeles Lakers, is second on the list with 16 players in the 75th-anniversary team. The 16-strongmen of the purple and gold have accumulated a total of 180 NBA All-Star Game appearances, 44 championships and 24 MVP awards.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1975-1989)
  • Elgin Baylor (1958-1972)
  • Kobe Bryant (1996-2016)
  • Wilt Chamberlain (1968-1973)
  • Anthony Davis (2019-Present)
  • LeBron James (2018-Present)
  • Magic Johnson (1980-1996)
  • Karl Malone (2003-2004)
  • Bob McAdoo (1982-1985)
  • George Mikan (1948-1956)
  • Steve Nash (2012-2014)
  • Shaquille O’Neal (1996-2004)
  • Gary Payton (2003-2004)
  • Dennis Rodman (1998-1999)
  • Jerry West (1960-1974)
  • James Worthy (1982-1994)

Houston Rockets – 11 players

Following Boston and the Lakers in this list is the Houston Rockets, who graced 11 players in the anniversary team. They collected a total of 110 NBA All-Star Game appearances, 12 NBA titles and seven MVP recipients.

  • Carmelo Anthony (2018-2019)
  • Charles Barkley (1996-2000)
  • Rick Barry (1978-1980)
  • Clyde Drexler (1995-1998)
  • James Harden (2012-2021)
  • Elvin Hayes (1981-1984)
  • Moses Malone (1976-1982)
  • Hakeem Olajuwon (1984-2001)
  • Chris Paul (2017-2019)
  • Scottie Pippen (1998-1999)
  • Russell Westbrook (2019-2020)

Philadelphia Sixers – 9 players

Placing fourth in the list of teams with most players in the 75th-anniversary team is the Philadelphia 76ers with nine athletes. These nine superstars have a total of 90 NBA All-Star Game appearances, nine championships and 15 MVP awards across their names.

  • Charles Barkley (1984-1992)
  • Wilt Chamberlain (1959-1962)
  • Billy Cunningham (1965-1976)
  • Julius Erving (1976-1987)
  • Hal Greer (1963-1973)
  • Allen Iverson (1996-2007)
  • Moses Malone (1982-1986)
  • Bob McAdoo (1985-1986)
  • Dolph Schayes (1963-1964)

Knicks – 9 players

Wrapping up the top five teams with the most 75th NBA Anniversary team members is the New York Knicks, with nine players. They have a combined 69 NBA All-Star Game selections, 9 NBA titles but only two MVP awardees.

  • Carmelo Anthony (2010-2017)
  • Dave DeBusschere (1968-1974)
  • Patrick Ewing (1985-2000)
  • Walt Frazier (1967-1977)
  • Jason Kidd (2012-2013)
  • Jerry Lucas (1971-1974)
  • Bob McAdoo (1976-1979)
  • Earl Monroe (1971-1980)
  • Willis Reed (1964-1974)

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.