Just a week ago, the NBA announced their 75th Anniversary team which features a who’s who of the league greatest names. With every list in existence, especially in today’s social media climate, there are those who are considered to be snubbed from the list. There is at least one player at each position that the media and fans believe deserves to be on the list.
In the eyes of the NBA fans, Howard was the biggest active snub on the list. With his accomplishments, can you blame the fans for believing that notion? An NBA Champion, eight-time All-Star, five-time First-Team All-NBA, and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Dwight Howard is considered by many to be one of the greatest centers in the modern era. Not including him on the list was questionable. Perhaps he will make it onto the all-century team.
The recently retired Spaniard makes a strong case for being snubbed for the 75th Anniversary team. Gasol is a two-time NBA champion with the late, great Kobe Bryant, six-time NBA All-Star, and even won Rookie of the Year in 2002. Gasol even has an extensive award list in international play for Spain, so it was quite shocking to see his omission from the list and he deserved a spot on the NBA75 team over a few names.
When you think of the greatest NBA players from the 2000s, Tracy McGrady would be up there on the list. Injuries derailed his career but while he was healthy, McGrady was a beast. Seven-time All-NBA selection, seven-time All-Star, and two-time scoring champion. If you have one memory of T-Mac, remember that he literally scored 13 points in 35 seconds for a comeback victory.
Another Orlando Magic star that injuries hindered a career that could have been even more special. During his time with Orlando, he and Shaquille O’Neal were a dynamic duo that wowed crowds all over America. The four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team player has enjoyed success as a head coach at his alma mater with Memphis, but he is still one of the biggest snubs from the NBA 75 team.
The San Antonio Spurs are considered one of the greatest teams of the 2000s and 2010s, and its players like Tony Parker make that dynasty a factor. Four championships, four All-NBA selections, and even an NBA Finals MVP to boot. The idea that Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard are the only two members from those 2010 championship teams to make the NBA75 team is disappointing considering that Parker has been an essential part of those teams as much as the two men above.
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