Two of the most outstanding passers in the history of NBA are nominated to be included in the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Six former NBA players are first-time candidates for the basketball hall of fame, and among them are Jason Kidd and Steve Nash, who are second and third in ranking in career assists. Kidd, with 107 triple-doubles, ranks third in the history of NBA. He also won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks and was a 10-time All-Star. Meanwhile, Nash was an eight-time All-Star and has won two MVP awards.
179 eligible candidates complete the list, which was announced on Thursday. Other first-time eligible candidates include the following:
- Grant Hill – Kidd’s co-Rookie of the Year in 1994-95, and a seven-time All-Star.
- Ray Allen – 10-time All-Star who made the most 3-pointers in the history of NBA and won titles with the Boston Celtics (2007-08) and the Miami Heat (2012-13).
- Chauncey Billups – Played a crucial part on the Detroit Pistons’ championship team (2003-04), and was a seven-time All-star.
- Richard “Rip” Hamilton – Was selected to three All-Star teams and co-starred with Chauncey Billups.
NBA players who got repeat nominations include Ben Wallace, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway, Sidney Moncrief, and Maurice Cheeks.
Assistant coach Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs is one of the top women’s candidates, together with other WNBA legends Teresa Weatherspoon, Tina Thompson, and Katie Smith. Former Louisiana Tech star and Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey is also on the ballot as both a player and a coach. Other top coaching nominees are Rollie Massimino (who won over 800 games in his entire career), Bob Huggins, and Lefty Driesell.
The unveiling of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 will take place six weeks after the announcement of the finalists in February.