Recognizing that the Class of 2020 could be one of the most star-studded ever, the Basketball Hall of Fame streamlined the induction process for this year. The selection committee cut the number of finalists from the North American and Women’s committees in half, and is passing on inducting new members for its direct-elect committees with the exception of the International Committee, instead putting the focus on a group that includes Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant.
The full Class of 2020 was unveiled on April 4. The eight new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame will be enshrined in Springfield at a ceremony in August.
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Upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame schedule
Friday Aug. 28: Class of 2020 media availability
Friday Aug. 28: Enshrinement tip-off celebration and awards gala
Saturday Aug. 29: Red carpet show
Saturday Aug. 29: Enshrinement ceremony
Sunday Aug. 30: Hall of Fame’s Springfield celebration day
Basketball Hall of Fame news
• Kobe, Duncan, KG lead star-studded HOF class
• Chris Bosh ‘disappointed’ not to be 2020 Hall finalist
• Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline 2020 Hall finalists
• Bill Russell accepts Hall of Fame ring after 44 years
• ‘Always about love’: Divac leads 2019 Hall inductees
Meet the Class of 2020
Stats: 25.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.4 SPG in 20 seasons.
Accolades: 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defensive, 4-time All-Star MVP, 2-time Finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP and 5-time NBA champion.
Hall of Famer Jackie MacMullan remembers Kobe Bryant
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Stats: 16.1 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3.3 APG in 15 WNBA seasons.
Accolades: 10-time WNBA All-Star, 12-time All-WNBA, 2011 WNBA MVP, 2012 WNBA champion, 1998 NCAA champion
Tamika Catchings was a one-of-a-kind competitor
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Stats: 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.2 BPG in 19 seasons.
Accolades: 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 15-time All-Defensive, 1997-98 Rookie of the Year, 2-time NBA MVP, 3-time Finals MVP, 5-time NBA champion.
Hall of Famer Jackie MacMullan on Tim Duncan’s Spurs
Why Tim Duncan is the most influential player of his time
Stats: 17.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.4 BPG in 21 seasons.
Accolades: 15-time All-Star, 9-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defensive, 2003 MVP, 2004 NBA MVP, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, 2008 NBA champion.
Hall of Famer Jackie MacMullan on Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett leaves as his era’s most influential NBA star
Stats: Nearly 600 wins in 19+ seasons as Baylor head coach, 18 NCAA tournament appearances, three NCAA championships
Accolades: 2-time AP College Basketball Coach of the Year, inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (as a player) in 2000
Baylor, Kim Mulkey complete long road back
Mulkey fastest Division I coach to 600 career wins
Stats: More than 1,000 wins in 42+ seasons as head coach, 30 Division II NCAA tournament appearances, 2016 Division II champion
Accolades: 5-time WBCA National Division II Coach of the Year, inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006
Bentley’s Barbara Stevens gets 1,000th coaching win
Stats: 806-326 as Division I head coach, 26 NCAA tournament appearances.
Accolades: 2-time AP College Coach of the Year, enshrined in College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Stats: 527-413 in 13 seasons as head coach; 51-39 in postseason.
Accolades: 2-time NBA champion with Houston Rockets, 1997 All-Star Game coach.
Elected posthumously by International Committee
Swiss basketball player, coach and executive; served as Secretary General of FIBA for 15 years
2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Award Winners
Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Tim Nugent
• Founder of National Wheelchair Basketball Association
• Served as commissioner for first 25 years
2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award (Print)
• 30-year Washington Post Columnist
• Covered every NBA Finals since 1987
2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award (Electronic)
• 28-year NBA broadcaster
• Lead voice for ESPN, ABC NBA broadcasts
2020 Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award
Inside the NBA on TNT
• Winner of 9 Emmy awards
• Show spans more than 30 years of NBA coverage
2020 Curt Gowdy Insight Media Award
• 40+ years of broadcasting experience
• Winner of 11 Emmy Awards
Recent Hall of Fame classes
2019: Al Attles, Carl Braun, Charles “Chuck” Cooper, Vlade Divac, Bill Fitch, Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Tennessee A&I teams of 1957-59, Wayland Baptist University teams of 1984-82, Teresa Weatherspoon, Paul Westphal
2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Tina Thompson, Dino Radja, Charlie Scott, Ora Mae Washington, Rod Thorn, Rick Welts, Katie Smith
2017: Robert Hughes, Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Rebecca Lobo, Muffet McGraw, Mannie Jackson, Tom Jernstedt, Jerry Krause, Zack Clayton, Nick Galis, George McGinnis
2016: Zelmo Beaty, Darell Garretson, Allen Iverson, Tom Izzo, John McClendon, Yao Ming, Shaquille O’Neal, Cumberland Posey, Jerry Reinsdorf, Sheryl Swoopes
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