Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Inside the Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Hall of Fame Class of 2020

A look at the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, announced on Saturday:


Key stats: 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists per game in 20 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 18-time All-Star, 2008 NBA MVP, No. 4 scorer in NBA history, 15-time All-NBA player, scored career-high 81 points vs. Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, four-time All-Star Game MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008, 2012), 2018 Academy Award winner for “Dear Basketball.”


Key stats: 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.2 blocks per game in 19 NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014), 15-time All-Star, two-time NBA MVP (2002, 2003), 15-time All-NBA player, 1998 NBA rookie of the year, 1997 NCAA player of the year at Wake Forest, one of three players in NBA history to be part of more than 1,000 regular-season wins.


Key stats: 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game in 21 NBA seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets.

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Career accomplishments: 2008 NBA champion, 15-time All-Star, 2004 NBA MVP, 2008 NBA defensive player of the year, 2000 Olympic gold medalist, is the only player in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks, and 1,500 steals.


Key stats: 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.4 steals per game in 15 WNBA seasons with the Indiana Fever.

Career accomplishments: 2012 WNBA champion and WNBA Finals MVP, 2011 WNBA MVP, 10-time All-Star, five-time defensive player of the year, seven-time steals champion, four-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), two-time world champion (2002, 2010), 1998 NCAA champion at Tennessee.


Key stats: 527-416 record in parts of 13 NBA seasons as the coach of the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers; 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds. 2.0 assists per game in 11 seasons as a player with the Rockets.

Career accomplishments: Two-time NBA champion coach with Houston (1994, 1995), 2000 Olympic gold medal as a coach, five-time NBA All-Star as a player, career rebounding leader at Michigan, No. 2 pick in the 1970 NBA draft.


Key stats: 806-326 record in parts of 37 seasons at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, and San Francisco.

Career accomplishments: Two-time AP national coach of the year (1978, 1986), took three teams to the Final Four (Arkansas in 1978, Oklahoma State in 1995 and 2004), one of 12 coaches recognized by the NCAA for more than 800 Division I victories, nine regular-season conference titles, eight conference tournament titles.

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Key stats: 604-101 record in 20 seasons as the Baylor women’s coach.

Career accomplishments: Three-time NCAA champion coach with Baylor (2005, 2012, 2019), two-time national champion player at Louisiana Tech (AIAW in 1981, NCAA in 1982), two-time AP national women’s coach of the year (2012, 2019), combined career record as a Louisiana Tech player, Louisiana Tech assistant, and Baylor coach of 1,164-175 (.869 winning percentage), now a member of eight Halls of Fame.


Key stats: 1,058-291 record in 43 seasons at Clark, Massachusetts, and Bentley.

Career accomplishments: Coached 2014 NCAA Division II national champions at Bentley with a 35-0 record, five-time WBCA Division II national coach of the year (1992, 1999, 2001, 2013, 2014), 16-time Northeast-10 coach of the year, coached Bentley for the final 28 of its Division II-record 33 consecutive winning seasons and for a Division II-record five consecutive 30-win seasons (1988-89 through 1992-93).


Key stats: Secretary-general of FIBA from 2003 through his death in 2018.

Career accomplishments: A player, referee, and coach before joining the global basketball governing body FIBA, member of the International Olympic Committee, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2028 Los Angeles Games, viewed as a major proponent of the growth of the 3×3 game and its inclusion in the Olympic program.