Kevin Garnett was one of the best players in the NBA, and he carried the Minnesota Timberwolves for years. But there was only so far he could take them without having any real star power around him. Garnett grew frustrated, and he was traded to the Boston Celtics who gave up five players and two number one picks for the former MVP. The Celtics had also acquired Ray Allen, and along with incumbent, Paul Pierce, Boston had a big three that content with anyone, and they did so immediately!
We have another major update here at Notinhalloffame.com as our Basketball list of those who should be considered for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has gone through a significant revision.
Last April during the Final Four, 4 of our top 10 were selected (Steve Nash #1, Jason Kidd #2, Ray Allen #3 and Grant Hill #5), as was another former player in our top 15 (Maurice Cheeks #15). With four leaving our top five, the peak of our list is being overhauled but it will feature three new entries in the top three who we think will make the 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame Class the most loaded ever as we think they are all a lock to get in.
Before we get to our revised Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list please note that we only rank male players at this time.
Our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball Top Ten is:
Tim Duncan makes his first and what we expect his last appearance on our list at the top spot. Duncan did it all in the NBA winning the MVP twice and the NBA Championship five times in a career spent entirely with the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan would go to 15 All Star Games, was chosen for 10 First Team All-NBA and 8 First Team All-Defensive rosters. He is also in the top ten in Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Blocks, Win Shares, VORP and Games Played not to mention being a consensus All-American from Wake Forest.
It takes a player like Tim Duncan to have a megastar like Kobe Bryant debut at #2. Bryant played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers and he is a five time NBA Champion and one time MVP. Bryant retired third all-time in Points. While we feel Duncan was the better player than Bryant there is no doubt that both are first ballot inductees. We would take Tim over Kobe but the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame won’t see it that way. Kobe is the bona fide headliner.
Kevin Garnett arrives in at #3. Amazingly despite being a former MVP himself, a Defensive Player of the Year, and a 15 time All Star he is still behind Duncan and Bryant. Garnett was a legend with the Minnesota Timberwolves but late in his career he led a group of veterans to a NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics. He is currently 2nd overall in Defensive Rebounds and 4th in VORP. This is quite the “big three” for the Class of 2019 right?
Chris Webber returns at #4. C-Webb was a Finalist last year but will face the same stiff competition in 2019. The former Rookie of the Year is a five time All Star.
Sidney Moncrief comes in at #5. The former two time NBA Defensive Player of the Year was named an All Star five times and was also a former SWC Player of the Year.
The #6 spot also holds the same as Jack Sikma returns to that slot. The big man from Illinois Wesleyan was a seven time All Star and a former NBA Champion with the Seattle Super Sonics.
Ben Wallace moved up from #8 to #7. Wallace was a four time All Star and a four time Defensive Player of the Year and was part of the shocking Detroit Pistons team that won the 2004 NBA Championship.
Shawn Kemp also moved up one spot to #8. Kemp was a six time All Star and three Second Team All-NBA Selection.
We go way back for our #9 selection, Max Zaslofsky who also went up one rank. Zaslofsky was an All Star in 1952 and was a First Team All BAA selection three times in the late 1940’s.
For the first time, Mark Aguirre is in our top ten. He moved up one spot from #11. The longtime Detroit Piston is a two time NBA Champion and three time All Star.
There is one more entry to our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list as Elton Brand debuts at #50. Brand is a former ACC Player of the Year and two time All Star.
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Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. As such, it is news to us that the Boston Celtics will be retiring the #5 of Kevin Garnett next season.
Debuting for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995, Kevin Garnett plated for them until 2007. Garnett was a perennial All-Star and he was the 2003-04 MVP, but he grew frustrated with the team and sought a new environment. Minnesota dealt Garnett to Boston for multiple players and picks, and his new team also signed Ray Allen, who was a free agent. Together with Paul Pierce, the Celtics had a “Big Three” and they gelled immediately winning the NBA Championship.
While that would be the only title that Garnett would win, he would have six seasons in a Boston uniform, with four All-Star Game appearances. With Boston, he also won the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year Award, was a First Team All-NBA Selection (2008), and was a three-time All-Defensive Selection (2008, 2009 & 2011).
The other retired numbers by the Celtics are Walter Brown (#1), Red Auerbach (#2), Dennis Johnson (#3), Bill Russell (#6), JoJo White (#10), Bob Cousy (#14), Tom Heinsohn (#15), Tom Sanders (#16), John Havlick (#17), Dave Cowens (#18), Don Nelson (#19), Bill Sharman (#21), Ed Macauley (#22), Frank Ramsey (#23), Sam Jones (#24), K.C. Jones (#25), Cedric Maxwell (#31), Kevin McHale (#32), Larry Bird (#33), Paul Pierce (#34), Reggie Lewis (#35), Robert Parish (#00) and Jim Loscutoff (LOSCY).
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Kevin Garnett for earning this honor.
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced their North American Finalists, as is tradition before the NBA All-Star Weekend.
It is a reduced number of Finalists from previous years, though this is nothing new as the Hall has never been consistent with their amount of Finalists as there are only five men and three women on this short list. Last year, there were 10 men and three women who made it this far last year.
The five male North American Finalists are:
Kobe Bryant: Many outlets interpreted the statement by Hall of President, Jerry Colangelo, who said he had “no doubt Kobe (will) be honored as he deserves” as acknowledgement that he is already in. He isn’t, but there was never any doubt that he would be. Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash last month, and the impending ceremony will likely be a tribute to the “Black Mamba.” As a player, Bryant played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and would lead them to five NBA Championships. He would go to 18 All-Star Games, was a 15-time All-NBA Selection and was the 2008 MVP. The two-time United States Olympic Gold Medalist is fourth all-time in Points.
Tim Duncan: Playing his entire career with the San Antonio Spurs, Duncan would take his squad to five NBA Championships. “The Big Fundamental” was a 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA Selection and was a two-time MVP. The only player to win 1,000 Games with one team, Duncan is in the top ten in Rebounds and Blocks. Collegiately, he played at Wake Forest and was the Consensus Player of the Year in 1987.
Kevin Garnett: Garnett was a 15-time All-Star who would win the NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008. KG played most of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and over his NBA career, he also won the MVP (2004), Defensive Player of the Year (2008) and was a nine-time All-NBA Selection. Internationally, he was a member of the 2000 Olympic Gold Medal team for the United States.
Eddie Sutton: Nominated last year, Sutton was a Head Coach with a record of 805-326 with stops at Creighton (1969-74), Arkansas (1974-85), Kentucky (1985-89) and Oklahoma State (1990-2006). He appeared in three Final Fours, and was a four-time National Coach of the Year.
Rudy Tomjanovich (Coach): A five-time NBA All-Star with the Houston Rockets, Tomjanovich is nominated as a Coach, and he would helm the Rockets to two NBA Titles (1994 & 1995). He also led the United States to the Olympic Gold Medal in 2000.
The three female North American Finalists are:
Tamika Catchings: An NCAA Champion at the University of Tennessee in 1998, Catchings played her entire WNBA career with the Indiana Fever. She would be the league MVP in 2011, and was a five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Catchings would take the Fever to a title in 2012, and she is a four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner with the United States.
Kim Mulkey (Coach): Mulkey has been the Head Coach at Baylor where she has taken them to three NCAA Division I Titles. She is a two-time NCAA Coach of the Year.
Barbara Stevens: Stevens has won over 1,000 Games in College, and took Bentley to a Division II Title in 2014.
While we have no issues with the smaller number of Finalists, the lack of consistency is frustrating. Notable Finalists from last year, Chris Webber, Marques Johnson and Ben Wallace did not return. Another interesting turn of events, is that Chris Bosh, who was also eligible, did not appear as a Finalist. Not that Bryant, Duncan and Garnett needed a clear path for entry, it is next to impossible to conceive that any of those three will not be part of the Class of 2020.
If the Hall inducts all of the Finalists from the North American male pool, it would still be less than last year.
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class will be announced during the Final Four.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the men and women who made it this far.