Basketball HOF Finalists

February 17, 2018

I'm going to be honest.  I am very sentimental when it comes to some of the finalists for the next class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Some of these names.  You don't even need an explanation.

Ray Allen.

Jason Kidd.

Steve Nash.

Grant Hill.

Chris Webber.

In the spirit of full disclosure, my memories of Hill and Webber are encompassed in their college years.  I mean, The Duke Blue Devils of the early 90s.  You loved 'em or you hated 'em.  And how could you forget Webber, the Fab 5 and his infamous "time out"?  You don't.

As a Boston girl I still have love for Ray Allen.  He provided so many amazing memories for the Celtics including a championship in 2008 as part of the Big 3 (Allen, Pierce and KG).  Allen's 2,973 3-pointers made are the most in NBA history.

Steve Nash was always exciting to watch.  His ball handling skills and passing were entertaining to say the least.  Nash ranks third in NBA history with 10,335 assists.  Though that spanned over an 18 year career it remains impressive.  A two-time NBA MVP, Nash is only the second point guard (along with Magic Johnson) to win the MVP award multiple times and the third guard in NBA history to earn back-to-back MVPs (joining Johnson and Michael Jordan). Only ten other NBA players have won back-to-back MVP awards: Johnson, Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry. (1)

Other finalists for the 2018 class of the Hall of Fame include coaches Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich and Baylor's Kim Mulkey. Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Maurice Cheeks and longtime NBA official Hugh Evans are also finalists. The 1954-58 Wayland Baptist University women's team rounds out the list of finalists.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will unveil the 2018 class during the Final Four on March 31 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  Finalists must receive 18 votes from the 24-member honors committee to be enshrined.

 

 

(1) Steve Nash Wikipedia 

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