The league will make the list public in three bursts of 25 players each on Tuesday (via TNT), Wednesday (ESPN) and Thursday (TNT). The players will not be ranked 1 to 75. It’s going to be an alphabetical listing just like the 50 Greatest Players compilation from 1996. The identities of the voters (but not their full ballots) will be revealed after all 75 players are announced. The voting panel includes current and former players, coaches and team executives as well as selected members of the media.
The result was the NBA Foundation, a $300 million commitment over the next decade by the league to fund nonprofits working to improve economic opportunities for Black youth. The news made waves at the time, but eventually faded into the background as the season got underway. So what has come of that commitment ever since? “We had that convo on the bubble and the NBA put this into play and here we are, really trying to do something in a positive way about it,” Philadelphia 76ers wing Tobias Harris told The Athletic. “I think we’ve been doing a great job so far.”
In Milwaukee, another organization with a strong NBA connection fulfills a similar mission in a different way. Running Rebels Community Organization (RRCO) was started by Victor Barnett back in 1980, who created a basketball program in the city to keep kids from being recruited by a gang across the park from the court he used. They eventually named themselves after the UNLV Running Rebels as Barnett’s expanding mentorship group was funded just by selling t-shirts out of his car. “It was a tug of war we were in because a lot of young people wanted to be on the basketball court than get involved in gang activity,” Barnett said. “So after doing that, for 15-plus years of (being) pretty successful at it, it opened up some doors and avenues for people finally realizing the work that I was starting to do. And then hence, it became the Running Rebels Community Organization moving forward.”
The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic edged out Antetokounmpo as the player GMs would most like to build a new franchise around. But at the age of 36 and having lost in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career, LeBron James still has the respect of GMs. He was named both the league’s most versatile player and the player with the best basketball IQ, also tying Denver’s Nikola Jokic for the most votes for best passer.
Tim Reynolds: In the NBA’s annual GM survey, out this morning, the votes said that … – Nets over Lakers in finals – KD MVP – Giannis is the best defender – Steph is the best shooter – Kyle Lowry was “the most impactful offseason move” – Heat had the best offseason – Spo is the best coach