With any list comes the immediate talking point of slights.
The NBA 75 team is no exception, with social media instantly igniting with opinions on who should have made the list.
Narrowing the game’s greats down to 75 is a tall order, but let’s take a look at some of the names that were surprising omissions.
Dwight was a total snub.
Before his role-playing days, Howard was one of the dominant forces in the league, particularly during his eight seasons with the Orlando Magic.
8-time All-Star, 8-time All-NBA player, 3-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2020 NBA champion, Howard felt he was an automatic pick before the team was announced.
The recently retired Gasol missed the NBA 75 team in one of the biggest upsets.
A vital piece on two champion teams alongside Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers, Gasol was also a 6-time All-Star and 4-time All-NBA.
A skill scorer and dealer, Gasol was one of the most influential international players of the day.
Over 25,000 career points and he’s on the short list with Michael Jordan and LeBron James the only players to top that point mark with 4,500 assists, 800 blocks and 500 3-pointers.
Perhaps the fact that he played in only one conference final worked against him here.
A long and spectacular run still left VC outside looking in.
Four Defensive Player of the Year awards leave Mutombo tied with Ben Wallace for the most in league history.
Mutombo never finished above 13th in MVP voting, but was 8-time All-Star, 6-time All-Defensive, and 3-time All-NBA.
I had Parker at my 75. With four All-NBA picks, four championships and a Finals MVP, Parker finished fifth in MVP voting in 2012.
Parker was a star piece of the San Antonio dynasty and delivered in great moments throughout multiple postseason runs. I thought this Spurs group deserved a second career player and Parker should have been the man.
Unfortunately, injuries shortened T-Mac’s peak, but he was incredible in his prime.
McGrady still managed to finish with seven All-NBA picks, seven All-Stars and one Most Improved Player award.
In 2002-03, McGrady averaged 32.1 points per game with the Orlando Magic, which was just one of his two scoring titles.
McGrady’s teammate in Houston, Yao Ming also had his career cut short by injury.
Yao was an All-NBA representative five times. He failed to reach the 10,000 point plateau and never finished above 12 in MVP voting, but he was dominant when he was in the league and was such an important part of the league’s history.
I felt like they would vote for him for his legacy in the game.
Hardaway felt like he was on the sidelines. Another player who was limited by injuries late in his career, Hardaway formed one half of the must-see duo in Orlando with Shaquille O’Neal in the mid-1990s.
An All-Star in four consecutive seasons during his streak with the Magic, Hardaway was also an All-NBA player three times.
With all 50 members of the NBA’s 50th anniversary team reaching 75, it would always be difficult for English to make his way among the stars that have emerged in the last quarter century.
English is now ranked 20th on the all-time goalscorer list. When the NBA announced its NBA 50 team, it was seventh. You are unlucky enough to miss out on this opportunity, no question.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.