Fans will have to wait until the commencement of the men’s NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, on Saturday (March 31), to learn which players have been selected for induction into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, but thanks to a handful of insiders getting reports out early, the names of five main inductees have already been leaked to the media.
Earlier this year all 13 finalists selected by the 24-member Hall of Fame honors committee were announced as part of the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities. The candidates included long-time front office executive Rod Thorn, popular selections Ray Allen and Chris Webber, former league stars Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks, and Steve Nash, retired official Hugh Evans, ex-head coach Rudy Tomjanovich, WNBA greats Tina Thompson and Katie Smith, past NCAA coaches Lefty Driesell and Kim Mulkey, and the Wayland Baptist University women’s team, as a club.
Of the names listed out back in February, the public now knows of five who have made the cut. Each and every one of the athletes and executives has waited a minimum of three years after their careers came to an end to earn a shot at the coveted distinction. According to the anonymous source, it has already been determined that Nash, Kidd, Hill, Cheeks, and Thorn will head the class.