NBA's 75 Greatest Players: Kobe Bryant, Dominique Wilkins highlight full list of — yes — 76 players

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(Graphic by Michael Wagstaffe/Yahoo Sports)
(Graphic by Michael Wagstaffe/Yahoo Sports)

The NBA tipped off its 75th anniversary season with its list of the top-75 greatest players in league history. However, because of a tie in the voting, 76 players made the list. The league asked a panel, consisting of front office executives, coaches, current and former players and media, to vote.

The list is unranked and was revealed in no particular order by the league. Below, the players are listed alphabetically by last name.

The first 25 players were announced ahead of the 2021-22 season openers on Tuesday, then the next 25 were revealed Wednesday afternoon. The final 25 were released on Thursday.

All 50 players from the 50th anniversary team made the 75th anniversary list. Eleven current players were added to the list, and the previous list's biggest snub, Dominique Wilkins, made this version. 

Complete NBA 75th Anniversary Team

Here is the full list of 76 players who made the list, in alphabetical order and unranked.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Ray Allen

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Carmelo Anthony

Nate Archibald

Paul Arizin

Charles Barkley

Rick Barry

Elgin Baylor

Dave Bing

Larry Bird

Kobe Bryant

Wilt Chamberlain

Bob Cousy

Dave Cowens

Billy Cunningham

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Dave DeBusschere

Clyde Drexler

Tim Duncan

Kevin Durant

Julius Erving

Patrick Ewing

Walt Frazier

Kevin Garnett

George Gervin

Hal Greer

James Harden

John Havlicek

Elvin Hayes

Allen Iverson

LeBron James

Magic Johnson

Sam Jones

Michael Jordan

Jason Kidd

Kawhi Leonard

Damian Lillard

Jerry Lucas

Karl Malone

Moses Malone

Pete Maravich

Bob McAdoo

Kevin McHale

George Mikan

Reggie Miller

Earl Monroe

Steve Nash

Dirk Nowitzki

Hakeem Olajuwon

Shaquille O'Neal

Robert Parish

Chris Paul

Gary Payton

Bob Pettit

Paul Pierce

Scottie Pippen

Willis Reed

Oscar Robertson

David Robinson

Dennis Rodman

Bill Russell

Dolph Schayes

Bill Sharman

John Stockton

Isiah Thomas

Nate Thurmond

Wes Unseld

Dwyane Wade

Bill Walton

Jerry West

Russell Westbrook

Lenny Wilkens

Dominique Wilkins

James Worthy

How the 75th Anniversary Team was announced

The final 26 players announced Thursday:

Ray Allen

Carmelo Anthony

Elgin Baylor

Dave Bing

Kobe Bryant

Billy Cunningham

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Dave DeBusschere

LeBron James

Jason Kidd

Kawhi Leonard

Damian Lillard

Pete Maravich

Bob McAdoo

Reggie Miller

Earl Monroe

Shaquille O'Neal

Gary Payton

Paul Pierce

Dennis Rodman

Dolph Schayes

Dwyane Wade

Russell Westbrook

Lenny Wilkens

Dominique Wilkins

The 25 players announced Wednesday:

Paul Arizin

Rick Barry

Larry Bird

Wilt Chamberlain

Clyde Drexler

Tim Duncan

Patrick Ewing

Walt Frazier

Kevin Garnett

John Havlicek

Allen Iverson

Magic Johnson

Sam Jones

Michael Jordan

Karl Malone

Robert Parish

Chris Paul

Scottie Pippen

Bill Sharman

Isiah Thomas

Nate Thurmond

Wes Unseld

Bill Walton

Jerry West 

James Worthy

The 25 players announced Tuesday:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nate Archibald

Charles Barkley

Bob Cousy

Dave Cowens

Kevin Durant

Julius Erving

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

Who should have made the NBA's full top-75 greatest players list?

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The Bill Russell Scale: A quest for the perfect list of the NBA's 75 Greatest Players

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