As part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary, the league released its 75th Anniversary team. The list includes some of the expected ones, not-so-expected ones, and the ones that missed out. Here are the top five snubs on the anniversary team list.
T-Mac, Yao Ming, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Kyrie Irving
Tracy McGrady was a glaring omission on the list. Yes, he did not win a title, but his career achievements make him a worthy inclusion. T-Mac is a member of the Hall of Fame, a 7-time consecutive All-Star, and the owner of one of the coldest offensive displays in the history of the NBA.
In terms of longevity, he played in the league for 15 seasons and averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists on a 51.9 percent true shooting percentage. He was the modern point-forward: tall, long, athletic, willing-passer, and a streaky shooter with gravity-defying skills. McGrady was so devastating during his prime that he prompted Kobe Bryant to call him the most challenging player he’s ever had to guard. That’s the ultimate compliment any player could have from The Black Mamba, and it speaks how good Tracy was back then.
Yao Ming rejuvenated the Houston Rockets when he entered the NBA, but his impact was a lot more felt off the court. He was by far the best big man to come out of China. The gentle giant elevated the NBA’s presence and fanbase in his country. Yao was so famous that even his teammates, such as Steve Francis and McGrady, received votes for All-Star games because he was their teammate. His duels with Shaquille O’Neal were always fun, and it created an East vs. West narrative. You can watch the showdown below:
Like TMac, the former Chinese national team flag carrier was enshrined in the Hall of Fame. While he did not reach the level he was expected to reach due to various injuries he suffered in his time, The Dynasty still put up decent numbers and helped the Houston Rockets enter the postseason four times. He averaged 19 points per game and 9.2 rebounds with an outstanding 83.3 percent shooting from the charity stripe.
Unlike TMac and Yao Ming, Carter is not yet inducted into the Hall of Fame, but many expect him to be a sure first-ballot someday. Carter played for 22 seasons, the only player to do so, and managed to win Rookie of the Year in 1999 and make the All-NBA teams twice. The 7-time All-Star owns one of the most vicious dunk highlights, not just in the NBA, but in the history of basketball:
VC, a former Slam Dunk contest winner, changed his game as he aged in the NBA. He became a locker room leader and a 3-point shooter. Despite being known as a high-flyer when he was younger, Vince made 2,290 3-point shots in his career, ranking him 6th on the list.
People are quick to forget how frighteningly good Howard was at his peak. He almost led the Orlando Magic to win the title in the 2009 finals. His team prevented what could have been a LeBron James and Kobe Bryant showdown in the finals and robbed the fans of the chance to see that spectacle. Individually, Howard remains one of the most accomplished players in his era. He is an NBA champion, an 8-time All-Star, a member of the All-NBA teams eight times, a 3-time Defensive Player of the Year recipient, and a 5-time All-NBA defensive team member. That shows he can get it done on both ends of the floor.
One thing that could have prevented him from being in the 75th-anniversary team is the narrative in the league that he’s soft and has the happy-go-lucky attitude that prevented him from becoming one of the best big men in the league. No matter what the media invented to discredit him, D-12 is deserving to be on the list because of his accomplishments, especially on the defensive end. Check his insane highlights below:
The ongoing stand-off between the Brooklyn Nets and Irving overshadows the fact that Kyrie is one hell of a player. He is one of the superstars in the league, and he could add more to his achievements and trophy list.
So far, he has won the Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star MVP, and made the All-NBA First Team in 2019. Irving won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he could add another title with the Nets if he plays this year. Off the court, the 29-year-old is heavily involved in charities. His stand on getting vaccinated may be unpopular, but it doesn’t change the fact that Irving owns one of the best handles in the history of the NBA. Check his nasty handles below:
Say what you want to say about his personal opinions and beliefs, but Ky deserves to be on the 75th-anniversary team, and that’s not up for debate.
The highlights, impact, and awards prove these five gentlemen are worthy of being included in the 75th Anniversary team of the NBA. As in all greatest players list, some are bound to be excluded. The ones who made a list had their reasons, but a significant percentage of fans know TMac, Yao Ming, Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard, and Vince Carter should be there