Thursday, December 2 2021

Not to be left out of the NBA’s 75th anniversary list creation extravaganza gripping the league’s wider media sphere, our sister site HoopsHype assembled a list of their own 75 greatest players of all time building off of (and cutting a few of) the NBA 50 greatest players list released for the Association’s 50th anniversary.

Given that the initial official list was, shall we say, a little generous to some and not as much as others perhaps warranted, we expected some players — including Boston Celtics alumni — to not make the cut of a list that was heavily dominated by the team in green and white.

They include Bill Walton, Sam Jones, Dave Bing, and Bill Sharman.

There were also several candidates to be added to the list who didn’t quite make the new list for HoopsHype, such as Artis Gilmore, Kyrie Irving and Dennis Johnson.

And even with some cuts and others not passing muster just yet, there’s still a sizable Celtics contingent — and some new faces from Boston’s rosters as well. Let’s take a look.

No. 68 – Dave Cowens

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No. 66 – Pete Maravich

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No. 65 – Nate Archibald

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No. 59 – Robert Parish

(AP Photo/ Mark Lennihan)

No. 56 – Ray Allen

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Celtics 2008 championship

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No. 55 – Kevin McHale

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Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

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No. 51 – Bob McAdoo

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Bob McAdoo Hall of Fame

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No. 50 – Paul Pierce

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Paul Pierce, Jason Collins

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No. 42 – Dominique Wilkins

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Dominique Wilkins

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No. 41 – Gary Payton

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No. 37 – Bob Cousy

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Bob Cousy

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No. 28 – John Havlicek

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No. 16 – Kevin Garnett

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

No. 9 – Shaquille O’Neal

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Shaquille O’Neal

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No. 7 – Larry Bird

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No. 5 – Bill Russell

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This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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