The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has narrowed down the field to eight finalists who will be considered for selection in 2020.
Following the news being released, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Jerry Colangelo, addressed the nominees, as NBA.com detailed.
“When the nominees for the Class of 2020 were announced in December, we knew this class had the potential of being one of the most historic of all time,” said Colangelo, “The untimely passing of Kobe Bryant has left us in a state of reflective mourning and we’re proud to honor his legacy while also recognizing seven other individuals who have meant so much to our game. We congratulate our finalists and those who have supported them on their journeys, and we look forward to revealing the Class of 2020 at the Final Four in Atlanta.”
Bryant, who tragically passed away late last month, helped the Los Angeles Lakers bring home five NBA championships. He took home the Finals MVP on two of those occasions. He was selected to 18 NBA All-Star games during his career in Los Angeles.
Duncan, who is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, brought San Antonio five NBA championships during his time in the league. He won Finals MVP twice and he was named to 15 All-Star games.
Garnett won a championship upon arriving in Boston. Throughout his career, the big man was named to 15 NBA All-Star games and nine All-Defensive First Teams. He played for the Wolves, Boston Celtics, and Nets in his career.
Catchings won a WNBA championship during her time with the Indiana Fever. She was selected to 10 WNBA All-Star games and won four Olympic Gold Medals for Team USA during her playing days.
Tomjanovich is just one of three coaches to win an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal. He coaches the Rockets to two championships in the early 90’s and had a nice career as a player prior to that, as he was selected to five NBA All-Star games.
Mulkey is the first person to win a National Championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. She played point guard for Louisiana Tech in the early 80’s and has coached at both Louisiana Tech and Baylor.
Sutton coached in the college ranks for 36 years. He was the coach of the year four times in his career and he took two different teams—Arkansas, Oklahoma State (2x)—to the Final Four.
Stevens is only the fifth coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to achieve over 1,000 career wins. She’s led Clark University, UMass, and Bentley throughout her coaching career.
The Hall of Fame will announce the class of 2020 on Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 AM EST. It will be announced at the Final Four in Atlanta Georgia. Finalists need at least 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the hall.
Those who are elected will be enshrined during the August 28-30 weekend in 2020.