Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett are leading the 2020 Class, which will be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kobe, Duncan and KG the Biggest Stars
It didn’t take to be a rocket scientist to predict that these three legends were going to be selected to enter the Hall of Fame. Their impact on the basketball, not only in the NBA, but globally was unmeasurable.
The rough circumstances in which today’s announcement took place, were proceeded with two tragedies that shook the basketball world. The first was David Stern’s death on the first day of 2020, and the second was Kobe’s helicopter crash, when he and his 13-year old daughter Gigi lost their lives.
Instead of seeing one of the most memorable introductions ever, this one will be remembered as probably the one which happened in the worst period for the basketball in general.
Kobe Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, one-time MVP, and an 18-time All-Star, with 15 All-NBA Team honors. Selected as the 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA draft, he would be traded to the LA Lakers for Vlade Divac, and the rest is pretty much history. It is safe to say that he became one of the all-time greatest.
The same goes for the two other guys. Duncan also won 5 titles, and was also a 15-time All-NBA, winning two MVP trophies. Likeways Bryant, Timmy spent the entire career with the San Antonio Spurs, who selected him first overall in the 1997 draft and established him as the cornerstone of the team which pretty much revolutionized the game of basketball in their time.
Garnett didn’t win as many titles as Kobe or Duncan, but his influence was enormous. One of the first high-school sensations, and power forwards who made the game more versatile than anyone could have imagined. KG won the title with the Celtics in 2008 and was an MVP in 2004. With 15 All-Star selections and nine All-NBA honors, there was simply no way for him to miss becoming a HOF.
Three Ladies to Enter HOF
Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey and Barbara Stevens are also about to become Hall of Famers.
Catchings was a WNBA champion in 2012, winning the Finals MVP honors the same year, and the league MVP trophy the year before. With five DPOY awards, 12 All-WNBA selections and 10 All-Star appearances, she is one of the most dominant individuals in the previous decade.
As for Mulkey, she is the first-ever lady to win the NCAA as a player, an assistant coach and the head coach. She led the Baylor Bears to the trophy this year, which was her second with this school. Back in 1981 and 1982, she was the winner of the NCAA championship with the Louisiana Tech, and later on in 1984 won the Olympic gold medal in LA.
Barbara Stevens is a five-time NCAA II Division Coach of the year and a one-time champion.
Not to forget the former Houston Rockets’ head coach Rudy Tomjanovich who is also selected to enter the Hall of Fame. A five-time NBA All-Star and a two-time champion with the Rockets.
Apart from all these persons, Patrick Bauman, who was the president of FIBA and Eddie Sutton four-time NCAA Coach of the Year also found their place in the HOF.