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1988: Forward Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics in action versus the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport

To celebrate its 75th season, the NBA recently announced the 75 greatest players in league history with the 75th Anniversary Team. As you’d expect, the Boston Celtics are very well-represented.

In total, 20 players who suited up for the Celtics during their careers were named to the 75th anniversary team. Of course, some played longer in Celtics green and mean more to the history of the organization than others. But what they all have in common is that they were among the NBA’s all-time greats, regardless of uniform.

The updated list adds new names from the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, which was released for the league’s 50th anniversary in 1996. The 75th anniversary team includes 12 active players, including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard. Other notable player additions from the ’96 list include Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Allen Iverson, among others.

As for the Celtics represented in the list? Many of them did not spend the majority of their careers in Boston. But here’s a look at some notable former C’s on the 75th anniversary team…

There are plenty of other Celtics greats who made the NBA’s 75th anniversary team and deserve mention. Here’s the full list of former Celtics on the list:

Ray Allen
Nate Archibald
Dave Bing
Larry Bird
Bob Cousy
Dave Cowens
Kevin Garnett
John Havlicek
Sam Jones
Pete Maravich
Bob McAdoo
Kevin McHale
Shaquille O’Neal
Gary Payton
Robert Parish
Paul Pierce
Bill Russell
Bill Sharman
Bill Walton
Dominique Wilkins

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