Four UCLA Men’s Basketball Alumni Named to NBA 75th Anniversary Team

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The NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary ahead of the 2021-2022 season, and it is announcing the facts by announcing a list of the best players to ever compete in the Association.

The UCLA men’s basketball, which produced the fourth-highest number of first-round picks in NBA history, had a few reps on the roster, which was released in three parts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. evening. Members of the media, team representatives and former players gathered to vote on the 75 best players in league history, although the list was extended to 76 due to a tie.

The result was four of 76 honored players from Westwood – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Reggie Miller, Bill Walton and Russell Westbrook.

Abdul-Jabbar and Walton were leftovers of the 50th anniversary squad released in 1996. Miller, who retired in 2005, and Westbrook, who is still active with the Los Angeles Lakers, were two of the 25 new players added. in the pantheon of professionals. the greats of basketball this time around.

Gail Goodrich, Jamaal Wilkes and Marques Johnson are other UCLA and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame greats who haven’t made the cut.

Here’s what NBA.com had to say about each of the former Bruins who were honored this week.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

UCLA, 1965-1969
Milwaukee Bucks, 1969-1975
Los Angeles Lakers, 1975-1989

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is perhaps the most accomplished player in NBA history, racking up Rookie of the Year honors, six NBA MVPs, two Finals MVPs and six NBA titles. He was one of the most consistent players in league history and is still the all-time leading scorer.

Born Lew Alcindor, he converted from Catholicism to Islam before the 1971-72 season and took the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which means “noble and mighty servant”.

Was perhaps best known for his signature shot, the Sky Hook. Abdul-Jabbar himself once called shooting “unsexy”, but it has become one of the most effective weapons in any sport.

Reggie Miller

UCLA, 1983-1987
Indiana Pacers, 1987-2005

Reggie Miller is one of the best 3-point shooters in NBA history and owned most of the major records in this distance when he retired in 2005. He was adept at coming out of screens from various places on the floor and was known as “Miller Time” for his heroic play throughout matches.

Despite the league-wide focus on 3-point shooting after his retirement, Miller still ranks third all-time in his career at 3 points – after fellow Hall of Fame Ray Allen and current Golden State star Stephen Curry – with 2,560.

Bill Walton

UCLA, 1970-1974
Portland Pioneers, 1974-1979
San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers, 1979-1985
Boston Celtics, 1985-1988

An elite defenseman, passer and rebounder, Bill Walton entered the NBA as one of the most anticipated talents in league history after a successful NCAA career at UCLA. Walton scored, passed, intimidated, shoved, and played the role of leader with the best crosses of his time.

Russell westbrook

UCLA, 2006-2008
Thunder of Oklahoma City, 2008-2019
Houston Rockets, 2019-2020
Wizards of Washington, 2020-2021
Los Angeles Lakers, 2021-pres.

Russell Westbrook is one of the most dynamic players the league has ever seen. The 6-foot-3 point guard is no stranger to the NBA’s record books, in large part because of his combination of scoring, play and ability to attack glass.

The electrifying star is perhaps the most athletic playmaker of all time. His high intensity helped him win two scoring titles (2015, ’17) and lead the league in assists on three occasions.

The entire NBA 75th anniversary team can be seen here.

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