Lakers say Dwight Howard was snubbed from NBA’s 75th anniversary team

LOS ANGELES — Of the thousands of players who have suited up in the NBA over the last 75 seasons, this year’s Lakers have four of the best 76 ever.

They’d like to have five.

While LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony were excited to be named to the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, which was revealed this week, Howard was one of the most commonly cited “snubs.” At 35, the 6-foot-10, 265-pound center is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, an eight-time All-Star, the 12th-leading rebounder and the 15th-leading shot-blocker in league history. Every other player with at least 14,000 rebounds and 2,000 blocks made the team.

“He should for sure be on the list,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “For sure.”

Howard isn’t the only one feeling left off. Golden State guard Klay Thompson posted after not being included: “Maybe I’m just naive in my ability to play basketball, but in my head I’m TOP 75 all time.”

Vogel agreed, while acknowledging that the decisions were difficult. A panel of former players, executives, coaches and journalists voted, and a tie for the final place meant that the team wound up with 76 players instead of 75. All 50 members of the 50th anniversary team remained.

“Like Klay Thompson’s not on there, seriously?,” Vogel said. “There’s gonna be some great players that don’t get in there. If you don’t put those two guys in, there’s gonna…

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