The 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame class will officially be announced during this weekend’s Final Four in Houston. However, we now have a list of individuals who will be inducted into the Hall later in the year.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki headline the six member class. They are joined by fellow former NBA stars Pau Gasol and Tony Parker.
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon will also make their way to Springfield.
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Taking a look at the six 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees
A 13-time All-Star in stints with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade won three NBA championships during his career.
The No. 5 overall pick out of Marquette back in 2003, Wade also made eight All-NBA teams and was the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. He finished his career averaging 22.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
Considered the greatest player in Dallas Mavericks franchise history, Dirk played all 21 seasons in the Big D. He earned 14 All-Star appearances and made 12 All-NBA teams.
Nowitzki also won the 2006-07 NBA MVP while winning the 2011 NBA Finals over the aforementioned Wade. The German averaged over 20 points for 12 consecutive seasons.
Gasol just recently had his jersey retired by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was emotional in talking about late-great fellow Basketball Hall of Famer and former teammate Kobe Bryant.
The Spaniard is best known for his seven-year run with the Lakers. It’s a span that saw them win two NBA titles. From 2005-15, Gasol averaged 18.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
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A late first-round pick of the San Antonio Spurs back in 2001, Parker played most of his career for Gregg Popovich. He starred with Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tim Duncan for a majority of his time in the NBA, winning four titles and earning Finals MVP once.
Parker finished his career averaging 15.5 points and 5.6 assists while running San Antonio’s elite-level offense for 17 seasons.
It’s still crazy that Popovich is going strong at the age of 74. He began his coaching career as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs all the way back in 1998-1999. After serving as an assistant under Don Nelson with the Golden State Warriors for two seasons, Pop got his first chance to lead the Spurs in 1996.
The rest is history (literally). Pop has won five NBA titles in his time with the Spurs. He also currently boasts the most wins for a head coach in Association history, surpassing the aforementioned Nelson recently.
A trendsetter. Shattering glass ceilings. Whatever way you want to define Hammon’s basketball career wouldn’t do it justice. She starred in the WNBA from 1999-2014, earning six All-Star appearances in the process. However, it’s what Hammon has done as a coach that stands above the rest. She was a top assistant under Popovich for several years with the San Antonio Spurs.
Hammon was also a top candidate for several head coach openings around the NBA before making her way back to the WNBA as the Las Vegas Aces head coach. All she did in her first season was lead them to the title.
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