Legends Headline 2020 Basketball HOF Class
April 23, 2020
It’s that time of the year where the final candidates are released for this years Basketball Hall of Fame class. They consist of three NBA players, one WNBA player, four couches, and one contributor.
Kobe Bryant is the biggest name on the list, as his nomination comes just months after a tragic helicopter crash took his life. Kobe was a five-time NBA champion, 18-time All-Star, the 2008 NBA MVP, and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. Bryant finishes fourth all-time in career points and earned two gold medals with USA Basketball.
Tim Duncan was another star of the early 2000’s. Tim is a 15-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and 1998 Rookie of the Year. Duncan is top ten all time in both blocks and rebounds, as well as the only player to achieve 1000 wins with the same team, as Duncan earned them over his 19-year career with the Spurs.
Kevin Garnett is the third and final NBA player to make the list. Kevin is a 15-time All-Star, a NBA champion in 2008, the 2004 NBA MVP, a 2008 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First team nominee. Garnett is 9th all time in career rebounds and earned a gold medal in 2000 with USA Basketball.
Tamika Catchings is the only WNBA player to make the list. Tamika is a 10-time All-Star, a 2012 WNBA champion, a 2012 WNBA Finals MVP, a 2011 WNBA MVP, and a five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Catchings is the all-time leader in steals in WNBA history and won four gold medals for USA Basketball.
Eddie Sutton is one of the four coaches to make the list. Eddie is a four-time National Coach of the year, eight-time Conference Coach of the Year, and he is the first coach in NCAA history to lead four different teams to the NCAA Tournament. Sutton is top ten in career wins for a coach for Division-I and only has one losing season in 37 years.
Rudy Tomjanovich is the only person on the list to both play and coach in the NBA. Rudy spent 34 years with the Rockets as a player and coach. He was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year and he lead the Rockets to back-to-back NBA Championships. He is the only person in NBA history to score 10,000 points and coach a team to 500 wins and two championships. He coached USA Basketball to a gold medal in 2000.
Kim Mulkey is one of two women’s coaches on the list. Kim was the 2012 National College Coach of the year and lead the Baylor Bears to three NCAA National Championships. She has won Big-12 Coach of the Year honors seven times, and is the first person to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.
Barbara Stevens is the last coach on the list. Stevens has won the Division-II National Coach of the year award five times and led Bentley University to a National Championship in 2014. Stevens is the fifth coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 1000 wins.
Patrick Baumann is the last person on the list. Patrick was a FIBA representative, holding the title of Secretary General for 16 years until his passing in 2018. He focus on the youth sector and expansion of the global game place him on the list.