Steve Nash, Jason Kidd among 13 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Point guards could run a uncover in a subsequent Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among a 13 finalists announced Saturday.

Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also done a cut, though a dual standout indicate guards are all though thatch to pretension a class, that will be denounced during a NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

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Kidd ranks second in NBA story with 12,091 assists, and Nash is third with 10,335 assists.

Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 with a Phoenix Suns. He done a All-NBA initial group 3 times during his 18-year career with a Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, and helped kickstart a growth of a competition in Canada with his freewheeling style. Nash was also a two-time WCC Player of a Year in 1995-96 during Santa Clara and engineered a noted dissapoint of second-seeded Arizona in a NCAA tournament.

Kidd was a 1994-95 NBA Rookie of a Year, environment a theatre for a 19-year career in that he done a All-NBA initial group 5 times and All-Defensive initial group 4 times. Kidd won an NBA pretension with a Mavericks in 2011 and is second all-time with 2,684 steals. He also was named Pac-10 Freshman of a Year in 1993 and Pac-10 Player of a Year in 1994 during his dual seasons during California. He won bullion medals with a U.S. during a Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Beijing Olympics in 2008.

James Worthy, a standout Lakers brazen who was inducted into a Hall of Fame in 2003, saw copiousness of Kidd and Nash as a radio analyst. Worthy thinks it would be wise for them to be inducted in a same class.

“Enhancers of a game, and done everybody else improved than they substantially were,” Worthy said. “Jason Kidd had a aptitude that was like Magic Johnson; he usually had angles. And Steve Nash was a same way.”

There are other clever contenders outward of Kidd and Nash, with Hill’s college success and Allen’s inclusive sharpened imprinting a strongest arguments for any of their particular candidacies.

Allen’s 2,973 3-pointers done are a many in NBA history. He won NBA titles with a Boston Celtics in 2008 and Miami Heat in 2013, memorably promulgation Game 6 to overtime on a restraining 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation.

Hill was a two-time inhabitant champion and two-time All-American during Duke, though injuries kept him from reaching a same heights in a NBA during his 19-year career.

Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich and Baylor‘s Kim Mulkey done a final list as coaches. Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and longtime NBA central Hugh Evans are also finalists.

Driesell took 4 schools to a NCAA contest and won dual ACC contest titles during Maryland. Tomjanovich led a Houston Rockets to uninterrupted NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. Mulkey won an NCAA pretension as a actor during Louisiana Tech and dual some-more as a manager of a Bears.

The 1953-58 Wayland Baptist University teams that won 131 uninterrupted games and 4 AAU inhabitant championships will offer as a sole group finalist.

Finalists contingency accept 18 votes from a 24-member honors cabinet to be enshrined.

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