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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant named among NBA top-75 players ever

Vincent Frank

Over the course of the next three days, the NBA is going to release its list of the top-75 players in Association history. The initial list was released Tuesday with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant making the list.

It can’t be seen as a coincidence that the Greek Freak’s Milwaukee Bucks are taking on Durant’s Brooklyn Nets to open up the 75th NBA season. It’s also not a surprise that the two made the initial reveal with 25 other players set to be announced both Wednesday and Thursday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant named among top-75 NBA players (alphabetical order)

giannis antetokounmpo, kevin durant
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Nate Archibald
  • Charles Barkley
  • Bob Cousy
  • Dave Cowens
  • Kevin Durant
  • Julius Irving
  • George Gervin
  • Hal Greer
  • James Harden
  • Elvin Hayes
  • Jerry Lucas
  • Moses Malone
  • Kevin McHale
  • George Mikan
  • Steve Nash
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Bob Pettit
  • Willis Reed
  • Oscar Robertson
  • David Robinson
  • Bill Russell
  • John Stockton

As you can tell, there’s a combination of pre-modern players and those who have suited up in the modern era. The list of active players only include Antetokounmpo, Durant and James Harden.

It’s going to be rather interesting to see what comes of this as the NBA season gets going and the league celebrates its 75th year of existence.

This starts with the Bucks and Nets going up against one another in a doubleheader that concludes with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers going at it.

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