On Saturday, April 4, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its class of 2020. The nine-member roster makes up one of the most-anticipated player classes ever, who defined the sport over the first two decades of this century.
Besides the NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett — the class also featured 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. Four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton. Two-time NBA Champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Three-time NCAA National Championship Coach Kim Mulkey. Five-time Division II National Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens, and longtime FIBA executive Patrick Baumann.
Circling back to the NBA players, the combined accomplishments from Bryant, Duncan, and Garnett are what dreams are made of:
- 11 championships
- 48 All-Star appearances
- 39 All-NBA selections
- 39 All-Defensive selections
- 5 Finals MVPs
- 4 MVPs
These three NBA All-Stars helped shape one another’s legacies and were among the signature faces of the league as it transitioned out of the Michael Jordan era. Besides focusing on their outlandish accomplishments, ESPN re-released three perfectly timed articles that are worth a read. Kobe Bryant’s astonishing mentors (including the king of pop), Duncan’s majestic 2014 Finals that changed the league forever, and the cruel tutelage of Kevin Garnett.
To be given the highest honor in basketball and all three going in at the same time, it’s hard to believe any class could be more potent than the class of 2020.
Catch you Thursday.