With the NBA celebrating its 75th Anniversary all season long (similarly to the NFL with #NFL100 in 2019), we've seen teams rockin' 1940s era throwbacks, and the association made a "controversial" NBA 75 team. I thought they could've done a better job unveiling it, like how the NFL had hours of programming dedicated to #NFL100, but not every league has their own version of NFL Films (how that's the case in 2021...I'll never understand, but Sabols don't grow on trees; R.I.P.).
Yesterday, the Boston Celtics announced a ballot for their 75th Anniversary All-Celtics Team, where fans have a chance to submit a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team of greatest Celtics from the NBA's first 75 seasons.
I get that the whole 75 options for 75 years thing, but if I'm a guy like Brandon Bass, I'm almost embarrassed to be mentioned in the same sentence as Larry Bird or Bill Russell.
Here's the C's official spiel:
Welcome to our 75th Anniversary All-Celtics Team voting platform, presented by Arbella Insurance!
We’re asking Celtics Nation to cast their votes for the top 15 Celtics players of all time. We have presented a list of 75 players who are eligible for votes – 30 backcourt players, and 45 frontcourt players. Votes should be cast regardless of position and based upon each player’s individual performance and overall contributions to the franchise while a member of the Celtics organization. As an added bonus, we’re allowing fans to place their list of 15 players into First-, Second- and Third-Teams, although every vote counts the same regardless of rank.
The 15 members of the 75th Anniversary All-Celtics Team will be publicly announced later this season. Enter to win two tickets to a Celtics game and admission to the Celtics’ 75th Anniversary Welcome Home event later this season!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 18+. See official rules for details.
It's still football season, so admittedly I've caught about 30% of the C's action to this point this year, but as a sports historian, a list like this is right up my alley. The Celtics have one of the most storied histories in all of professional sports (granted, a solid chunk of it is from before color TV). According to the C's, we aren't held down by position restrictions, so if you want to make a list of a dozen 2 guards and three centers, that is your right! Not to s my own d, but for your average nearly 30 year old, I feel like my knowledge of Celtics history is at least in the top five percentile; you can trust MY ballot will be fair! No Ray Allen or HOFers that averaged 4.7 points a game on my list!
I was gonna write a little something about all these gentlemen, but I only saw three of them play live, so that wouldn't be very fair of me, now would it?
If you want to submit your own 75th Anniversary All-Celtics team for a chance to win two tickets to a Celtics game and the 75th Anniversary "Welcome Home" event later this season, use THIS LINK!
Leave a Reply.