Last year, upon the NBA’s 75th Anniversary, they unveiled the NBA 75: their list of the 75 greatest players in league history. A shocker to absolutely no one, that list had quite a few notable omissions. So now, on the eve of the NBA’s 76th season, I thought I would gather The Not-NBA 76, a list of 76 players (and some, well…not players) who deserve their own share of recognition.

  1. Dwight Howard. Probably the most outrageous omission from the NBA 75. Sure his knees didn’t have the same hop in them in his 30s, but the beginning of his career is all he needed. The guy was basically the second coming of Shaq. A defensive powerhouse, rebounding machine, and blocking weapon. Truly unstoppable.

  2. Nate Robinson for being 13 inches shorter than Howard, but leaping over him both literally and figuratively for victory in the 2009 Dunk Contest.

  3. Chris Bosh, another big man not getting the respect he deserves. So many reasons for him to be on this list, but mainly for being one half of Mike Breen’s iconic call, “Rebound Bosh, back out to Allen, his three-pointer – BANG!”

  4. Mike Breen, for all of his BANG calls. In fact, let’s bust out a few iconic play-by-play folks while we’re here:

  5. Kevin Harlan 

  6. Chick Hearn

  7. Doris Burke 

  8. Marv Albert

  9. Former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski because since this list is the NOT NBA 76, we can think about some great basketball minds outside of the pros. Coach K is the greatest NCAA Men’s Basketball coach of all time – period. Let’s go through some college names that should be on this list, whether they played in the NBA or not.

  10. Pete Maravich, the NCAA D1 all-time leading scorer before the institution of the three-point line.

  11. Ralph Sampson

  12. Christian Laettner 

  13. David Thompson

  14. Len Bias

  15. Maya Moore – because who said women can’t be on this list? It is the NOT NBA list after all, so let’s go through the best women to play the game and a few WNBA icons.

  16. Sue Bird

  17. Lisa Leslie

  18. Diana Taurasi

  19. Candace Parker

  20. Tamika Catchings

  21. Breanna Stewart

  22. Okay, before we get back to the NBA players, let’s do one more digression and name the best teams of all time – since this is a team sport after all. We will start with the greatest basketball team of all time, the Harlem Globetrotters.

  23. The 90’s Chicago Bulls. The only NBA dynasty whose dominance even comes close to that of #22.

  24. 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors – their best season.

  25. The Bad Boys: 1988-1990 Detroit Pistons 

  26. 1992 Olympic Dream Team

  27. 2004 Olympic Redeem Team

  28. 2011-2012 Kentucky Wildcats

  29. 2015-2016 UConn Huskies Women’s Team

  30. 1997-98 Tennessee Vols Women’s Team

  31. The Tune Squad

  32. Back to the NBA players: Pau Gasol. I love Kobe (I think he’s No. 2 all time), but he needed a big man. Shaq made the original list, but his best buddy Pau needs some love too. In fact, let’s give some love to those big men who got overshadowed (no pun intended) by their flashier counterparts…

  33. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

  34. Bill Laimbeer

  35. Dikembe Mutombo 

  36. Ben Wallace

  37. Amar’e Stoudemire

  38. And speaking of No. 2s, behind Steph Curry, JJ Redick is the best three point shooter I’ve ever seen.

  39. Klay Thompson, for similar reasons.

  40. Kyle Korver, for similar reasons.

  41. Derrick Rose, for those few seasons.

  42. Jeremy Lin, for those few weeks.

  43. Yao Ming, for similar reasons.

  44. Vince Carter

  45. Tracy McGrady

  46. Tony Parker

  47. Manu Ginobili, for inventing the modern-day 6th Man role.

  48. Lamar Odom, for perfecting the modern-day 6th Man role, and keeping up with the Kardashians.

  49. Kris Humphries, for also keeping up with the Kardashians.

  50. Devin Booker, for also keeping up with the Kardashians.

  51. Nikola Jokic

  52. Luka Doncic

  53. Udonis Haslem, for still playing.

  54. Alex English

  55. Bernard King

  56. Jack Nicholson, for his iconic Lakers fandom.

  57. Spike Lee, for his iconic Knicks fandom.

  58. Drake, for his iconic Raptors fandom.

  59. Hoosiers (1986)

  60. He Got Game (1998)

  61. Hoop Dreams (1994)

  62. White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

  63. Air Bud (1997)

  64. NBA Jam

  65. Your MyPlayer in NBA2k
  66. Michael Jordan in NBA 2K12

  67. Chris Smoove

  68. Chauncey Billups

  69. Grant Hill

  70. Mark Eaton

  71. Jayson Tatum

  72. DeMar DeRozan

  73. Jimmy Butler

  74. Kawhi Leonard

  75. Joel Embiid

  76. Kyrie Irving before 2021

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