Friday, October 22, 2021

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen added to NBA's 75 Greatest Players

The Celtics 'Big-Three' of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have been added to the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team.

Twenty-five years ago, voters selected the top 50 players in NBA history for the league's 50th anniversary. Now, 25 new players have been added such as Celtics rivals Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.

Pierce, the latest of the new Celtics Big-Three to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last month, took to Twitter after it was announced that he was among the new 25 players chosen, while Garnett gave a shoutout to his former teammates 'The Truth' and even Allen via Instagram on the honor of all three being selected. Perhaps it's a sign the feud between the "Big Ticket" and Allen is slowly coming to an end.

While the players were not ranked in any order, some notable additions included Dirk Nowitzki, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Dominque Wilkins -- long overdue.

As for the rest of former Celtics players on the 75th Anniversary Team, the additional eight include Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Sam Jones, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Bill Russell.

Due to a tie in the voting process the final team has 76 players altogether instead of 75.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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