Bryant, Garnett, Duncan Joined By Six Others In Hall Class

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan have officially been named to the Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2020, Tim Bontemps of ESPN tweets. They are joined by Rudy Tomjanovich, Eddie Sutton, long-time WNBA star Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann, Bontemps adds.

In essence, every finalist for Hall of Fame consideration this year received enough votes for induction. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Word leaked on Friday that Bryant, Garnett, Duncan and Tomjanovich would be inducted, though it was a foregone conclusion that the late Bryant, Garnett and Duncan — three of the game’s all-time greats — would received the required votes.

Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion, winning the MVP award in 2008 to go along with a pair of Finals MVPs. He is fourth on the league’s all-time scoring list and won scoring titles in 2006 and 2007.

Duncan won three Finals MVPs and five titles in total. Like Bryant, he was named to an All-NBA team 15 times over the course of his career. The longtime Spurs‘ big man was one of the best players of his era, ranking sixth on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list and fifth in blocked shots.

Garnett earned 15 All-Star nods, an MVP award (in 2004), a Defensive Player of the Year award (2008), and a title in 2008 with the Celtics. Garnett, who began his career with the Timberwolves, ranks in the NBA’s top 20 in career points, rebounds, blocks, and steals.

Tomjanovich is one of just three coaches to win both an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal. He coached the Rockets to a pair of championships in the mid-1990s and had an impressive career as a Rockets player prior to his coaching days, earning five NBA All-Star nods in his 11-year career.

Sutton is a four-time National Coach of the Year and was the first coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

Catchings is a 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist. She was also named WNBA MVP in 2011. Mulkey has coached Baylor to three NCAA national championships, including last season. Stevens has coached in the collegiate ranks for over 40 years and is the fifth coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career wins. Baumann is a longtime FIBA executive.

It remains to be seen if this year’s induction ceremony will take place as scheduled on August 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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9 thoughts on “Bryant, Garnett, Duncan Joined By Six Others In Hall Class

  1. mcmillankmm

    Nice to see Barbara Stevens get the nod, I’m sure she would have had a good crowd too

  2. Thuggababyy

    It will be cool to hear broadcasters say “head coach hall of famer Tim Duncan” one day. Will make me feel a bit old though

  3. drchilmrichalds

    It’s kind of sad that “was a fiba executive” is enough to be enshrined alongside Kobe and Timmy

      • El Don

        He was FIBA’s secretary general for 15 years until he died aged 51, basically like the commissioner Stern or Silver in the NBA, deserves to be there for sure.

        • x%sure

          So you are saying a person with this title is automatic?
          Is he a HOFer is the issue.

          • El Don

            Well Stern is in it, right? Why shouldn’t Baumann be? The point for me is that been in the HoF is not exactly a great honor or anything, don’t see the fuss people makes of it. For example, many people debates if D-Rose should be in it or not, in my opinion who cares or rather he shouldn’t care, his MVP is worth so much than been in the HoF. Maybe for unknown people who gets in it is a big deal, but if you already a star in the league it is inconsequential to me, don’t makes me appreciate a player more for been there than if he isn’t, personally in a players CV I would value more even 1 all-star more appearance than been in the HoF, that’s me anyway.

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