NBA's Top 75 All-Time Announcement Nears; Who Gets Snubbed?

We're only days away from the much-anticipated NBA announcement of the "75 greatest players" of all time. And also just days away from a firestorm of hate on behalf of those who got "snubbed."

The latest NBA personality to get ahead of the announcement is Kendrick Perkins, who released his list today,  and unlike the upcoming official NBA list, Perk actually ranked his, in order

With a Top 10 of:

  1. LeBron James
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  4. Magic Johnson
  5. Larry Bird
  6. Shaquille O'Neal
  7. Wilt Chamberlain
  8. Tim Duncan
  9. Kobe Bryant
  10. Bill Russell
...he's already taking plenty of @s. Just for the #1/#2 ranking alone. Kevin Durant as low as #15 also raised some eyebrows.  

Some of the names not on Perk's list include Damian Lillard, Pau Gasol, Bill Walton and Bob McAdoo (who was also a much-talked-about snub from the Top 50 list in 1996).

The other big-name snub from the '96 Top 50 was the original human highlight film, Dominique Wilkins. Perkins showed 'Nique some love this time around, at #42. Wilkins famously chirped the original list by saying "Some of the players that were voted top 50 could not even hold my jock."

The conversation will get even more heated when the NBA announces its list, 25 at a time, from October 19th through 21st, on TNT and ESPN.

The list was selected, as the NBA states, by "a blue-ribbon panel of media and current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives".

Undoubtedly, a different kind of panel, made up of media, players and fans, will  have their say, loud and clear, after those 75 names are released.