As much as we love Halls of Fame, we have often been critical about the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. One of our criticisms is that the powers that be in Springfield are not very transparent, and does not even provide even the briefest bios of their many candidates. We are going to provide more context those who will be considered for Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
North America Committee Nominations:
Rick Adelman(Coach): Adelman played eight years in the NBA, and would become the Head Coach of Chemekata CC in 1977. He served in that role until 1983, when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers as an Assistant Coach. He took over as their Head Coach in 1989, serving in that capacity until 1994. He would later coach Golden State (1995-97), Sacramento (1999-06), Houston (2007-11) and Minnesota (2011-14). His coaching record is 1,042-749, highlighted by taking Portland to the Finals in 1990.
Fletcher Arritt(Coach): Arritt was the Basketball Coach at Fork Union Military Academy from 1970 to 2012. More than 200 players under Arritt would compete in Division I. As a coach, Arritt went 890-293.
Johnny Bach(Coach): Bach played his college ball at Fordham, and he would play briefly in the NBA for the Boston Celtics in 1948-49. He would return to Fordham as a Coach from 1950 to 1968, and he would then take the reins of Penn State for 11 years. He would move to the NBA as an Assistant Coach for Golden State, and would become their Head Coach in 1983. His combined coaching record in the college ranks was 387-314.
Chauncey Billups: A Consensus Second Team All-American at the University of Colorado, Billups played in the NBA from 1997 to 2014. He was a five-time NBA All-Star, and would twice make the All-NBA Third Team. The best run of his career was with the Detroit Pistons, where he led them to an NBA Championship in 2004 where he was named the Finals MVP. Billups also won a Gold Medal for the United States in 2010 at the FIBA World Championship. He is ranked #14 on our latest Notinhalloffame.comlist for consideration.
Chris Bosh: Bosh was the 2003 ACC Rookie of the Year at Georgia Tech, and he would be part of the greatest draft class ever joining the Toronto Raptors and the fourth overall pick. “CB4” would later sign with the Miami Heat, creating a superteam with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade and won two NBA Titles. Individually, he was an 11-time All-Star with one Second Team All-NBA Selection. Bosh also won an Olympic Gold Medal representing the U.S. in the 2008 Games. He is ranked #4 on our latest Notinhalloffame.comlist for consideration.
Kobe Bryant: Kobe Bryant is in his first year of eligibility, and it is a forgone conclusion that he will headline the Class of 2020. Playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant took them to five NBA Championships, and the 18-time All-Star was the league MVP in 2008. Bryant won two scoring titles, and was an 11-time First Team All-NBA Selection. With Team U.S.A., Bryant won two Olympic Gold Medals (2008 & 2012). He is ranked #2 on our latest Notinhalloffame.comlist for consideration.
Rick Byrd(Coach): Byrd was the Head Coach for Lincoln Memorial from 1983 to 1986, and for Belmont from 1986 to 2019. He won the NAIA National Coach of the Year Award in 1995. Byrd had a Head Coaching record of 805-402.
Muggsy Bogues: Small in stature, Bogues stood at 5’ 3” making him the shortest player to compete in the NBA, a league he played in for 15 years. Previously, he was a First Team All-ACC selection at Wake Forest, and he was a Gold Medalist for the United States at the 1986 FIBA World Championships.
Irv Brown(Referee): Brown was a referee in six Final Fours.
Jim Burch(Referee): Burch was the first African-American referee in the ACC, when he wore the stripes in 1969. He began officiating games at the high school level a decade before.
Marcus Camby: Camby was National College Player of the Year in 1996, and his #21 would be retired at UMass. Camby had a long pro career with stops in Toronto, New York, Denver, Los Angeles (Clippers), Portland and Houston. Camby may never have been an All-Star, but he was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, and he was twice a member of the All-Defensive First Team. He also led the NBA in Blocks four times. Ranked #65 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Tim Duncan: While Tim Duncan is not likely to be the headliner for the Class of 2020 (Kobe Bryant will be), we have Duncan ranked above him at #1 on Notinhalloffame.com. Playing his entire pro career with San Antonio, Duncan arrived to Texas as the Consensus National College Player of the Year when he was at Wake Forest. Duncan was a two-time MVP, five-time NBA Champion, 15-time All-Star, a 10-time First Team All-NBA Selection and was an eight-time First Team All-Defensive choice. His number has been retired by both Wake Forest and San Antonio.
Mark Eaton: A star at UCLA, Mark Eaton played his entire NBA career with the Utah Jazz, and he was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a three-time All-Defensive First Team choice and a four-time leader in Blocks.
Dale Ellis: Ellis was a two-time SEC Player of the Year at Tennessee, and he was also a Consensus First Team All-American in 1983. Ellis would go on to play 17 years in the NBA playing for Dallas, Seattle, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Denver and Charlotte. As a SuperSonic in 1989, he was an All-Star and a Third-Team All-NBA Selection. Ellis is ranked #90 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Hugh Evans(Referee): Evans was an NBA referee from 1972 to 2001. He officiated 1,969 Regular Season NBA Games, and 35 NBA Finals Games.
Michael Finley: Finley would set the since broken all-time scoring record at the University of Wisconsin, and he went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA. Finley was a two-time All-Star as a Dallas Maverick, and was a member of the 2007 NBA Championship Team with the San Antonio Spurs. He also played for Phoenix and Boston. He is ranked #55 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Steve Fisher(Coach): Fisher was the Head Coach for Michigan from 1989 to 1997, and he led them to three Final Fours, and an NCAA Championship in 1989. He would later take over San Diego State from 1999 to 2017. Fisher had a record of 495-288 and was named the Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2011.
Cotton Fitzsimmons(Coach): The 1970 Big Eight Coach of the Year at Kansas State, Cotton Fitzsimmons would leave the NCAA for the NBA and the Phoenix Suns. He was the Suns Coach from 1970-72, and then would move to Atlanta (1972-76), the Buffalo Braves (1977-78), and then to the Kansas City Kings (1978-84), where in 1979, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year. He would have a two-year stop in San Antonio, and then was the Head Coach for Phoenix again (1988-92), and he won his second NBA Coach of the Year Award in 1989). He has a 34-20 record in college and an 832-775 record in the NBA.
Kevin Garnett: In his first year of eligibility, Garnett went from high school to the NBA in 1995. KG began his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he was named the league MVP in 2004. Garnett asked to be traded, and his wish was granted, as he landed with the Boston Celtics, and he would win a championship in his first year there. He would also play for the Brooklyn Nets, and returned to Minnesota to finish his career. He was a four-time First Team All-NBA Selection, a 15-time All-Star, and was the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year. Garnett would also capture a Gold Medal for the United States at the 2000 Games. He is ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Richard Hamilton: Hamilton led the UConn Huskies to an NCAA Championship in 1999, and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player. The two-time Big East Player of the Year, played for the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls of the NBA, and his run in Detroit saw him go to three All-Star Games and he was a member of their 2004 NBA Championship Team. Hamilton is ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Tim Hardaway: Hardaway played at UTEP and was the WAC Player of the Year in 1989. Professionally, he was a part of Golden State’s “RUN TMC” trio with Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, and later he starred with the Miami Heat. He was a five-time All-Star and was a one-time All-NBA First Team Selection. Hardaway also played for Dallas, Denver and Indiana. He was also a member of the United States 2000 Olympic Team that won the Gold Medal in Sydney. Hardaway is ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Ed Hightower(Referee): Hightower was a long-time college referee, who refereed 12 NCAA Division 1 Final Fours.
Bob Huggins(Coach): At present, Huggins is the Head Coach of West Virginia, which is a job he has had since 2007. He had previously been the Head Coach at Akron (1984-89), Cincinnati (1989-05) and Kansas State (2006-07). His record is 861-363, and he won the Conference USA Coach of the Year three times, OVC Coach of the Year, and the Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Mark Jackson: Jackson was a Consensus Second Team at St. John’s in 1986, and he was the NCAA Assists leader that year. The following season, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year (with the Knicks), and he would be an All-Star two years later. He also played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana, Denver, Toronto, Utah and Houston.
Herman Johnson(Coach): Johnson is a multi-decade youth basketball coach in Baltimore.
Marques Johnson: An NCAA Champion at UCLA in 1975, Marques Johnson was the Pac-8 Player of the Year and National College Player of the Year in 1977. Johnson was a five-time NBA All-Star, his first four coming with the Milwaukee Bucks. With Milwaukee, he was an All-NBA First Team Selection in 1979. He would go to his fifth All-Star Game as a Los Angeles Clipper. Ranked #29 on Notinhalloffame.com.
George Karl(Coach): A five-year pro with the San Antonio Spurs, George Karl had a long career as a Head Coach in the NBA. His stops included Cleveland (1984-86), Golden State (1986-88), Seattle (1992-98), Milwaukee (1998-03), Denver (2005-13), and Sacramento (2015-16). Named the Coach of the Year in 2013, Karl had a record of 1,175-824.
Gene Keady(Coach): Keady played his college ball at Kansas State, and he would later become the Head Coach at Western Kentucky (1978-80), and then for Purdue from 1980-05. Keady was a five-time National Coach of the Year and seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. His coaching record is 550-289.
Ken Kern(Coach): Kern was the Head Coach at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York for 29 years. Winning 375 Games, Kern was considered a mentor to many promising players in the New York City area.
Shawn Marion: “The Matrix” came from UNLV to the Phoenix Suns, and would be a four-time All-Star and two-time Third Team All-NBA Selection while playing in Arizona. Marion would later assist the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA Championship. He is ranked #18 on our Notinhslloffame.comlist.
Rollie Massimino(Coach): Massimino was a college coach for many years, most notably with Villanova (1973-92) and took the Wildcats to a NCAA Championship in 1985. He also was at the helm of Stony Brook, UNLV and Cleveland State, and he would have a NCAA coaching record of 816-462.
Bob McKillop(Coach): McKillop has been the Head Coach at Davidson since 1989, and was the NABC Coach of the Year in 2008. He has a coaching record of 578-351 as of this writing.
Danny Miles(Coach): Miles was the Head Coach at Oregon Tech from 1971 to 2016, and took them to three Division II Championships (2004, 2006 & 2012). He retired with a record of 1,040-437.
Steve Moore(Coach): Moore was the Head Coach at Muhlenberg College (1981-87), and has been the Head Coach at Wooster since 1987. He is an eight-time NCAC Coach of the Year and he has a record as of this writing of 846-245.
Dick Motta(Coach): Motta was the Head Coach at Weber State from 1962 to 1968, where he was the Big Sky Coach of the Year in 1971. He then went to the NBA where he was the Head Coach of Chicago (1968-76), Washington (1976-80), Dallas (1980-87 & 1994-96), Sacramento (1990-91) and Denver (1996-97). Motta was the Coach of the Year in 1971, and won the NBA Title in 1978, and had a record of 935-1,017.
Jake O’Donnell(Referee): O’Donnell was an NBA referee from 1967 to 1995 and he refereed 279 Playoff Games and 39 Finals Games.
Jim Phelan(Coach): Phelan was the Head Coach from 1954 to 2003 at Mount St. Mary’s, and was the NCAA College Division Champion in 1962. He had a record of 830-524.
Digger Phelps(Coach): Phelps was the Head Coach at Fordham from 1970-71, but really cut his teeth helming Notre Dame from 1971 to 1991. Phelps was an analyst from 1993 to 2014. As a Coach, he had a record of 419-200.
Jere Quinn(Coach): Quinn has been the Head Coach at St. Thomas More since 1978, and has won over 1,000 Games.
Lamont Robinson: A high school star who played pro in Denmark, the man nicknamed “Showboat” would be a Harlem Globetrotter, a Harlem Road King, and would form and play for the Harlem Clowns. Robinson is considered to be one of the best “comedy” players ever. He has played more than 5,000 Games.
Bo Ryan(Coach): Ryan was the Head Coach from 1984 to 1999 at Wisconsin-Platteville, and he would win four Division III Championships (1991, 1995, 1998 & 1999). Ryan would then Coach for Wisconsin-Milwaukee for two years, and then stay in state helming the Wisconsin Badgers from 2001-15. He would be named a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and had a coaching record of 747-233.
Bob Saulsbury(Coach): Saulsbury was the Head Coach for 30 years at New Haven’s Wilbur Cross High. He led his school to nine state championships.
Norm Sloan(Coach): Sloan was a Head Coach in the NCAA from 1956 to 1989. He coached The Citadel (1965-60), Florida (1960-66 & 1980-89) and NC State (1966-80), where he took the Wolfpack to a NCAA Championship in 1974. He was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year and also was once an SEC Coach of the Year. He retired with a record of 627-395.
Eddie Sutton(Coach): Sutton had a long coaching career in the NCAA, which began at Creighton in 1969. He would then go to Arkansas (1974-85), where he was the SWC Coach of the Year four times, and took the Razorbacks to a Final Four. Sutton then went to Kentucky for four years, winning the SEC Coach of the Year in 1986), and his longest run would then come at Oklahoma State (1990-2008). He would lead the Cowboys to two Final Four appearances and was a three-time conference Coach of the Year.
Rudy Tomjanovich(Coach): A five-time All-Star as a player, Rudy Tomjanovich would coach the Houston Rockets from 1992 to 2003, and he would twice lead them to an NBA Championship. He later coached the Los Angeles Lakers for a year. As a Coach, his record was 527-416, and he was also the Gold Medal winning Coach for Team U.S.A. in 2000. Tomjanovich is ranked #26 on our list as a player.
Ben Wallace: Wallace was an undrafted player from Virginia Union, and he would shatter all expectations as he would tie the mark for the most NBA Defensive Players of the Year with four. All of those accolades took place as a Detroit Piston, where he would also win the NBA Championship, and would win two Rebounding and one Blocking Title. “Big Ben” also was a three-time Second Team and two-time Third Team All-NBA Selection. Wallace also played for Washington, Orlando, Chicago and Cleveland. He is ranked #6 on our Notinhalloffame.comlist.
Chris Webber: Webber was a star at the University of Michigan, but an ill-advised timeout and the scandal with boosters means that technically his time as the leader of the Fab Five is not considered by the Hall. As a pro, Webber was the 1994 Rookie of the Year, a five-time All-Star, and a three-time Second Team All-Star. He is ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Willie West(Coach): West coached Crenshaw High School for 37 years, and would win 28 League Titles.
Buck Williams: A college star at Maryland, Buck Williams would later be a Rookie of the Year, a three-time All-Star, and a First Team NBA All-Defensive Player as a member of the New Jersey Nets. Williams would also play with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets. He is ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Jay Wright(Coach): Wright was the Head Coach for Hofstra from 1994 to 2001 and afterward, he took over the reins at Villanova, which he still holds today. He is a two-time Naismith College Coach of the Year.
Women’s Committee Nominations:
Leta Andrews (Coach): Andrews was a high school coach at Granbury High School in Granbury, Texas for 52 years. She recorded more wins in high school basketball than anyone else with 1,416.
Jennifer Azzi: Playing her college ball at Stanford, Jennifer Azzi was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1989 and 1990. She represented the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics winning the Gold Medal, and won two Gold Medals at the FIBA World Championship (1990 & 1998). She later would be the Head Coach for the University of San Francisco women’s team from 2010 to 2016.
Swin Cash: Cash was a two-time champion at UConn, where she was the 2002 Tournament MOP. Professionally, she was a four-time WNBA All-Star, and three-time WNBA Champion (two with Detroit, and one with Seattle). Cash also has two Olympic Gold Medals (2004 & 2012), and FIBA World Championship (2010).
Tamika Catchings: An NCAA Champion at Tennessee (1998), Catchings played fifteen seasons for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. She was the league MVP in 2011, a WNBA Champion in 2012, and was a ten-time WNBA All-Star. Catchings was also a five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. With the United States, she won four Gold Medals (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016), and two World Championship Gold Medals (2002 & 2010).
Becky Hammon: A three-time All-American at Colorado State, Hammon would be a six-time WNBA All-Star and was also twice a First Team All-WNBA choice. She played her entire WNBA career with the San Antonio Stars, and was a Bronze Medalist at the 2008 Olympics. Hammon made history becoming the first full-time assistant coach in the NBA, when she signed on in that role with the San Antonio Spurs.
Susie McConnell: McConnell played at Penn State, and was an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1988 Olympics, and in the 1986 FIBA World Championship. She would play later for the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA. McConnell transitioned into coaching and she took over the reins of the Minnesota Lynx, and was the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2004. She would later run the Duquesne and Pittsburgh programs.
Debbie Miller-Palmore: Miller-Palmore played for Boston University from 1977 to 1981, and she would later compete professionally in Europe. Miller-Palmore would also run multiple basketball clinics.
Kim Mulkey(Coach): After winning a NCAA tourney as a player, Mulkey became the first woman to win a NCAA title as a player, an Assistant Coach and a Head Coach. As an Assistant, the NCAA Title happened in 1988 with Louisiana Tech, and as a Head Coach, she won three titles with the Baylor Bears. She is still the Head Coach for the Bears, and she is a seven-time Big 12 Coach of the Year. Her current record is 585-100.
Kim Mulkey: This is not a misprint. Mulkey is nominated as both a coach and a player. As a player, Mulkey would take Louisiana Tech to a National Championship in 1982, and she was a member of both the United States 1983 Pan American and 1984 Olympic Gold medal team.
Marianne Stanley(Coach): Stanley is already in as a member of the Immaculata Team that won three straight National Championships (1972-74). As a Coach, she ran programs at Old Dominion (1977-87), Penn (1987-89), USC (1989-93), Stanford (1995-96), and California (1996-00). She would go to the WNBA as an Assistant, and was the Head Coach of the Washington Mystics for two seasons, winning the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2002. After being an Assistant for many years, she will coach the Indiana Fever next year.
Barbara Stevens(Coach): Stevens has been a college coach since 1977. She has helmed Clark University (1977-83), UMass (1983-86), and Bentley (1986-present), and has a current record of 1,039-282. Stevens took Bentley to a Division II Championship in 2014, and is a five-time Division II Coach of the Year.
Valerie Still: Still was a superstar at the University of Kentucky (1979-83), and she would play a dozen seasons in the Italian League. She would later play for the Columbus Quest of the ABL, and the Washington Mystics of the WNBA.
Marian Washington(Coach): Washington was the Head Coach at Kansas from 1973 to 2004 and had a record of 560-363.
Direct-Elect Category: Contributor Committee Nominations:
Marv Albert: Albert was the voice of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 2004, and is now the lead announcer on NBA on TBT. He also worked for the New Jersey Nets and NBC in the past for NBA games, and he has also covered NCAA games.
Dick Baumgartner: A former coach at Richmond, his shooting camps were one of the best attended in the country.
Bill Bertka: Bertka was an Assistant Coach in the NBA (predominantly with the Lakers) and won seven NBA Title in that role. He is currently a basketball consultant for the NBA, and is known for his pioneering role in scouting, player development and analytics.
Henry Bibby: Bibby played in the NBA for ten years, and coached for ten years at USC. He was a three-time NCAA Champion as a player at UCLA, and an NBA Champion with the Knicks.
Marty Blake: Blake was the longtime Director of Scouting for the NBA, and was a former General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks.
Vic Bubas: Bubas took Duke to three Final Fours (1963, 1964 & 1966) and would later serve as the school’s administrator. He would later become the first commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference.
Wayne Duke: Duke served as the Commissioner of the Big Eight Conference from 1963 to 1971, and later as the Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference from 1971 to 1989.
Lou Dunbar: “Sweet” Lou Dunbar played for the Harlem Globetrotters for 27 years, and he is their current Director of Player Personnel.
Bill Foster: Foster coached at Rutgers (1963-71), Utah (1971-74), Duke (1974-80), South Carolina (1980-86) and Northwestern (1986-93), and compiled a record of 467-409. He was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 1978. He would later become the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees from 1996 to 1998.
Harry Glickman: The “Father of Professional Sports in Oregon”, Harry Glickman was one of the founders of the Portland Trail Blazers. He would later serve as the team’s President from 1987 to 1994.
Marty Glickman: Glickman was the voice of the New York Knicks for 21 years, and he would also do broadcasts for the NBA and the New York Nets. He would win the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 1991.
Simon Gourdine: Gourdine joined the NBA in 1970 and four years later he was named the NBA Deputy Commisioner, making him the highest ranking African American Executive in sports at the time. He was part of the collective bargaining agreement in 1976, and helped oversee the NBA-ABA merger.
Curt Gowdy: In addition to his work as a broadcaster, Gowdy was the President of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for many years. He was the first recipient of the Hall’s Media Award, which was named after him.
Tim Grgurich: Grgurich was a head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, and was an Assistant Coach during UNLV’s 1990 NCAA win. He would later be an Assistant Coach and Consultant for many NBA teams, which includes Seattle, Portland, Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Detroit.
Del Harris: Harris began his coaching career at Earlham College, and he would work his way to the NBA as an Assistant with the Houston Rockets. Harris would later take over as the Head Coach (1979-83), and would also have the helm with Milwaukee (1987-91) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1994-99), where he was named the Coach of the Year in 1995. Harris’ coaching record was 556-457.
Greg Heineman: Heineman bought the Sioux Falls Skyforce in 1993, which he still owns today. The Skyforce is one of the most successful minor league basketball teams ever.
Robert Indiana: Arguably the most bizarre nominee, Robert Indiana, the American artist associated with the pop art movement. His contribution to basketball was his design of the Milwaukee Bucks’ court in the MECCA Arena. This did inspire other teams to do something similar with their home courts.
Johnny “Red” Kerr: A Third Team All-American in 1954 at the University of Illinois, Kerr would play with the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers for over a decade where he would be named an All-Star three times and was an NBA Champion in 1955. Kerr would later coach the Chicago Bulls, where in 1967 he was named the Coach of the Year. After a stint coaching the Phoenix Suns, he became the main broadcaster for the Bulls for decades, calling the Michael Jordan dynasty.
Bill King: King became the primary broadcaster for the Warriors from 1962 to 1983. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, after receiving the Ford C. Frick Award in 2017.
John Kline: Kline played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1953 to 1959, and he would found the Black Legends of Professional Basketball Foundation. The intention was to recognize and establish retirement plans for the game’s early players.
Red Klotz: A college player at Villanova, Klotz played for the Philadelphia Sphas, and Baltimore Bullets, but he would later form and play for the Washington Generals. Yes, those Washington Generals.
Bobby Lewis: Lewis was twice a First Team All-ACC Selection when he was at the University of North Carolina, and he would help them reach the Final Four in 1967. He would play at the professional level for four years with the San Francisco Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Herbert Livsey: Livsey has been an NBA Scout since 1998, working for Portland, Atlanta and Denver.
Jack McCloskey: McCloskey coached at Penn, Wake Forest and with the Portland Trail Blazers, but he would have greater success as an executive. He would later be the General Manager of the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves. Notably, his Pistons won the 1989 and 1990 NBA Championship.
Jerry McHale: McHale made the protective mask that would be worn by Bill Laimbeer, a prototype for future players in the NBA.
Johnny Most: Most was the voice of the Boston Celtics from 1953 to 1990, and called a plethora of championships. He would win the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 1993.
Dennis Murphy: Murphy helped to co-found the American Basketball Association. Notably, he helped create the World Hockey Association.
Joe O’Toole: O’Toole was a long time former head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Hawks. He is regarded as the father of the NBATA.
Billy Packer: Packer was a college analysist from 1974 to 2008.
Jack Powers: Powers played at Manhattan, and would later become their Head Coach with a record of 142-114.
Dee Rowe Rowe was the Head Coach of the University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball program from 1969 to 1976, ad had a record of 103-78.
Zelda Spoelstra: Spoelstra worked for the NBA for many decades in various capacities.
Jim Valvano: “Jimmy V” famously coached NC State to the 1983 Division I Championship. He had an overall coaching record of 346-210.
Donnie Walsh: Walsh was an assistant coach in the NCAA and NBA, and would later become the President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks. He would later perform the same role for the Indiana Pacers.
Jerome Williams: Known as the “Junkyard Dog” as a player, Williams would become a basketball ambassador through his work with Basketball Without Borders. He would later serve as the President of the Young3, which is a youth basketball tournament for kids aged 9 to 14.
Direct-Elect Category: Early African-American Pioneers Committee Nominations:
Clarence “Puggy” Bell: Bell played for the New York Rens, and was the MVP of the 1939 World Professional Basketball Tournament.
Sonny Boswell: Boswell played for the Harlem Globetrotters and New York Rens, and was considered one of the first great long-range shooters. He was the MVP of the 1940 World Professional Basketball Tournament.
Bill Garrett: Garrett made history as the first African American player in the Big Ten when he joined the University of Indiana in 1947. He would later play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Inman Jackson: Jackson helped in the evolution of the Harlem Globetrotters to a basketball/comedy act, and he was the first to assume the role as the “clown prince” of the team. He played with them from 1940 to 1945, and after he stopped playing, he remained with the team in various capacities.
Clarence “Fats” Jenkins: Also playing for the Negro Leagues in Baseball, Jenkins played for the St. Christopher’s Club Youth Team, which were considered the best black team in the last half of the 1910s. He would later captain the legendary New York Rens, and Chicago Crusaders later in his career.
Bucky Lew: History shows that Lew was the first black player to be an integrated basketball game, which happened in 1902 in the New England Professional Basketball League. Like most black players, he would participate in barnstorming teams for years after.
Davage “Dave” Minor: After being an All PCC Selection twice at UCLA, Minor became one of the first black players signed by the NBA, when he joined the Baltimore Bullets in 1951. The jump shot specialist would also play for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Hudson Oliver: Prior to the 1910s, Hudson Oliver was considered one of the best African American basketball players. He was a four-time winner of the Colored Basketball World Championship with three different teams: The Smart Set Athletic Club, The Washington 12 Streeters and Howard University. He would become a doctor after his playing days.
Al “Runt” Pullins: Standing at only 5’ 8”, Pullins played for the Harlem Clowns and later helped to set up the Harlem Globetrotters.
James “Pappy” Ricks: Ricks is already in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the New York Rens. He was an original member, playing for them from 1932 to 1936.
Paul Robeson: Robeson was a star player in the 1910s, and he played for the St. Chrotopher Team. He was also an elite player in football.
Eyre Saitch: Saitch played for the New York Rens and was part of the first all-black team to win a world championship.
William “Wee Willie” Smith: Smith played for the New York Rens from 1931 to 1942, and is in the Hall of Fame as a member of the Rens.
Direct-Elect Category: International Committee Nominations:
Patrick Baumann: Baumann was a Swiss player, who would later be the President of the Global Association of International Sports Federations and the Secretary General of FIBA.
Tal Brody: Playing his college ball at Illinois, Brody would move to Israel and play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he would help them win 10 Israeli League Champions and the EuroLeague in 1977.
Jacky Chazalon: From France, Chazalon played professionally in Europe from 1960 to 1976, and represented her country in many tournaments. She led France to a Silver Medal in the 1970 EuroBasket Tournament.
Alphonso Ford: From the United States, Ford had a cup of coffee in the NBA, but became a star in the European Leagues. After playing one year in the Spanish League, he bounced through four teams in the Greek League (Papagou, Sporting, Peristeri & Olympiacos), and he was the top scorer in the Greek four times and twice in the EuroLeague. He was the Greek League MVP in 2001.
Giuseppe Giergia: Giergia played his entire pro career with Zadar of the Yugoslavian League, and he would represent Yugoslavia Internationally. He would win the Silver Medal twice in the FIBA World Cup (1963 & 1967) and another Silver in the 1965 EuroBasket.
Semen Khalipski: From Belarus, Khalipski would coach the national team for years.
Vladimir Kondrashin: Kondrashin played for Spartak Leningrad, who he would later coach from 1967 to 1995. He would also coach the Soviet Union, and would win Gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics, 1974 FIBA World Cup, and the 1971 EuroBasket.
Toni Kukoc: Before Kukoc arrived to the Chicago Bulls, he had already won three EuroLeague Championships. With the Bulls he was a three-time NBA Champion and won the Sixth Man of the Year in 1996. With Yugoslavia, he would lead his country to Gold in the 1990 World Cup, and both the 1989 and 1991 EuroBasket Title. He also took the Yugoslavian team to a Silver Medal in the Seoul Olympics.
Marcos Leite: Leite played for Brazil and he would take his country to three FIBA South American Championships (1971, 1973 & 1983) and Gold at the 1971 Pan American Games. He also played in Brazil’s 1970 Silver Medal and the 1978 Bronze Medal World Cup team. Leite also played at Pepperdine, and was the 1976 WCAC Player of the Year.
Shimon Mizrahi: Mizrahi became the Chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv in 1969, which would become the most successful basketball team in Israel. Since he entered that role, the team won 42 Israeli Super Leagues and five EuroLeagues.
Aldo Ossola: Ossola played his pro career in Italy (1964-80), and was a five-time Euro-League Champion. He would also lead his respective teams (Milano 1958 & Varese) to seven Italian League Championships.
Amaury Pasos: Pasos played 20 years in the Brazilian League, and he would take his club team to two Brazilian Championships. Pasos would take Brazil to two FIBA World Cup Gold Medals (1959 & 1963), and four FIBA South American Championships (1958, 1960, 1961 & 1963). He was named the World Cup MVP in 1959.
Dan Peterson: After coaching at Delaware, Peterson coached Vitrus Bolgna (1973-79) and Olimpia Milano (1979-88). He would coach Milano to a EuroLeague Championship in 1987, which was the same year he was the European Coach of the Year. He would also win the Italian League five times.
Manuel Sainz: From Spain, Sainz played his pro ball in his country, and represented Spain multiple times. He was a four-time Euro-League Champion as a player and twice as a Coach.
Togo Soares: From Brazil, Soares was a very successful coach in the Brazilian League. Internationally, he won the FIBA World Cup twice (1959 & 1963), and was a five-time FIBA South American Champion.
Ranko Zeravica: Zeravica was a Head Coach in the Yugoslavian League and for Yugoslavia itself. He would lead his country to a Gold Medal in the Olympics in 1980 and 1970 FIBA World Cup.
Direct-Elect Category: Veterans Committee Nominations:
1936 United States Olympic Team: The Americans won the first official Gold Medal in the sport at the Berlin Games. They defeated Canada in the Gold Medal Game. The team was comprised of Sam Balter, Ralph Bishop, Joe Fortenberry, Tex Gibbons, Francis Johnson, Carl Knowles, Frank Lubin, Art Mollner, Donald Piper, Jack Ragland, Willard Schmidt, Carl Shy, Duane Swanson & Bill Wheatley.
1964 State Department Basketball Ambassadors: This was a goodwill tour of NBA stars that played 19 games in the former Iron Curtain, and two games in Egypt. It is the first tour of comprising of NBA players in history. It was coached by Red Auerbach, and comprised of Bill Russell, Tom Heinohn, KC Jones, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Bob Pettit and Tom Gola.
1965 World University Games Team: This was the first time the United States participated and they went 8-0 at the games in Budapest, Hungary. The team was coached by John Kundla, and comprised John Austin, Bill Bradley, Bill Buntin, Billy Cunningham, Joe Ellis, Fred Hetzel, Lou Hudson, Jim Jarvis, Ollie Johnson, Floyd Theard, Dick Van Arsdale and Tom Van Arsdale.
Tom Blackburn(Coach): Blackburn was the Head Coach at the University of Dayton from 1947 until be passed away in 1964. His record was 352-141, and took the Flyers to a NIT Championship win in 1962.
Ron Boone: Boone played his college ball at Idaho State, and joined the ABA, playing for Dallas, Utah and the Spirits of St. Louis. He was a four-time ABA All-Star and a Champion with the Chaparrals in 1971. He was in the NBA for five years after. He is ranked #91 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Sid Borgia(Referee): Borgia was a referee in the NBA from 1946 to 1964, and would serve as a Supervisor of Officials for two years. He would later have that role in the ABA.
Frank Brian: Brian played at LSU, and would later win the NBL Title with the Anderson Packers. He would later play for the Fort Wayne Pistons and was a two-time NBA All-Star.
Joe Caldwell: Caldwell was a two-time First Team All-WAC selection at Arizona State, and represented the U.S. in their 1964 Olympic Gold Medal run. Caldwell would play for the Detroit Pistons and St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks in first six seasons as a pro, where he would be named two All-Stars. He would later play in the ABA for the Chicago Cougars/Spirits of St. Louis, and he was twice an All-Star in that organization.
Mack Calvin: Calvin played at USC, and would join the ABA in 1969, where he debuted for the Los Angeles Stars. He would be named an All-Star annually from 1971 to 1975, when he played for the Floridians, Carolina Cougars and Denver Nuggets respectively. The Point Guard would also be a three-time First Team All-ABA Selection. He finished his career with the Virginia Squires, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Darel Carrier: A three-time First Team OVC Selection at Western Kentucky, he would be a three-time ABA All-Star with the Kentucky Colonels. He would play one more season with the Memphis Tams.
Jack Coleman: Coleman played at the University of Louisville, and he was a two-time NBA Champion, the first with the Rochester Royals in 1951, and the second in his final season, the St. Louis Hawks in 1958. He was also an All-Star in 1955.
Bob Dandridge: Dandridge was a star at Norfolk State, and he would play his first eight seasons in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks. In Wisconsin, he was a three-time All-Star and won the NBA Title in 1971. Later, with the Washington Bullets, he went to his fourth All-Star Game, and was a Second Team All-Star in 1979. The year before he won the NBA Title as a Bullet. Ranked #13 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Charles Eckman( Referee): Eckman was the Head Coach of the Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons from 1954 to 1957, and he was an elite referee before and after that coaching stint. He retired in 1967, and refereed over 3,500 Games at the college and pro level. Eckman is the only person who officiated games in the NIT, NCAA and the NBA Finals.
Leroy Edwards: An All-American in 1935 at the University of Kentucky, Edwards played for 12 years in the NBL with the Oshkosh All-Stars. He was a three-time NBL MVP, three-time scoring champion, and two-time NBL Champion.
Leo Ferris(Contributor): Ferris was a sports executive, who is best known for inventing the 24-second shot clock. He was the General Manager of the Syracuse Nationals, and he is also credited for being the first GM to come up with halftime shows.
Clarence “Bevo” Francis: Francis was one of the greatest scorers in college history, twice topping the 100 Point mark in a game. Playing at Rio Grande, he would average 48.3 Points per Game in 1953, and 48.0 Points per Game in 1954. He played for the barnstorming team, the Boston Whirlwinds for a bit, but elected not to play in the NBA.
Buck Freeman(Coach): Freeman was the Head Coach at St. John’s from 1927 to 1936, and he had a record of 179-32. He would later be the school’s Director of Athletics.
Donnie Freeman: Freeman played at the University of Illinois, and he began his pro career in the ABA, where he played for five teams (Minnesota Muskies/Miami Floridians, Utah Stars, Texas/Dallas Chaparrals, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs). He was a five-time ABA All-Star, and was a champion with the Pacers in 1973. Freeman also had one year with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Travis Grant: Grant was a superstar at Kentucky State where he would lead the institution to three NAIA Titles. He would average 33.4 Points per Game for the school. He would play four years in the professional ranks, for the Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Conquistadors, Kentucky Colonels and Indiana Pacers.
Bob Grody: Grody played in the 1920s and 30s for multiple teams in multiple organizations, and was considered one of the most well-rounded athletes of his day.
Robert Harrison: A college player at Michigan, Robert Harrison would win three NBA Championships with the Minneapolis Lakers, and was an All-Star in 1956 when he was with the St. Louis Hawks. He finished his career with the Syracuse Nationals.
Flo Harvey: Harvey played 20 years (1905-25) for independent teams in the New England area.
Dick Hemric: Hemric was a two-time ACC Player of the Year at Wake Forest, and was a Consensus Second Team All-American as a Senior in 1955. Hemric is the all-time ACC leader in rebounds. He played two years with the Boston Celtics, winning an NBA Title in 1957.
Cam Henderson(Coach): A true innovator (he is credited with developing the fast break), Henderson coached Muskingum College (1920-22), Davis & Elkins College (1923-35) and Marshall (1935-55), and had a record of 621-234. He would simultaneous serve as those school’s football coach.
Robert Hopkins: Hopkins played at Grambling State (1952-56) where he would average 29.8 Points per Game. He would later play for the Syracuse Nationals for four seasons.
Lou Hudson: A star at the University of Minnesota, Hudson would become a bigger name with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks. He would be a six-time All-Star and was an All-NBA Second Team Selection in 1970. Both the Golden Gophers and Hawks would retire his number. He is ranked #16 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Warren Jabali: Jabali was a three-time First Team All-MVC Selection at Wichita State, and he would play his entre professional career in the ABA. While there, he played for the Oakland Oaks, Washington Caps, Indiana Pacers, The Floridians, Denver Rockets and the San Diego Conquistadors. He was the ABA Rookie of the Year, a four-time ABA All-Star, and was a Champion with the Oaks in 1969.
Jimmy Jones: A college star at Grambling State, Jones was a three-time First Team All-ABA, and six-time ABA All-Star in a career with the New Orleans Buccaneers, Memphis Pros and Utah Stars. He would also play three years with the Washington Bullets in the NBA.
Charles Keinath: Keinath was a four-time All-American at Penn (1906-09), where he would be a two-time National Champion (1906 & 1907). He was also a champion for the Quakers in Football.
Kentucky Wesleyan: This is for the Division II Championship Teams in 1966, 1968 & 1969.
Freddie Lewis: Lewis was a First Team All-WAC Selection at Arizona State, and he would later be a three-time ABA Champion with the Indiana Pacers. He was also a four-time ABA All-Star.
Jim Loscutoff: “Loscy” was a First Team All-PCC player at Oregon in 1955, and he would play for the Boston Celtics from 1955 to 1964. With the Celtics, Loscutoff was a seven-time NBA Champion.
Loyola of Chicago: This is in reference of the Ramblers 1963 Division I Championship Team.
Billy Markward(Contributor): Markward was the Head Coach for Roman Catholic High School Team in Philadelphia for many years after he was a semi-pro player from 1900 to 1907. He would coach one of the first integrated teams, and is credited in helping develop the passing game.
Ed McCluskey(Coach): McCluskey was the head coach for 28 years at Farrell High in Pittsburgh. He would lead his school to seven State Titles and had a record of 698-185 after also coaching Burgettstown and Kennedy Christian High.
Ray Mears(Coach): Mears was the Head Coach at Wittenberg from 1956-62, but it was at Tennessee where he achieved his greatest success. Coaching the Volunteers from 1962 to 1977, he would win three SEC Tournaments and was a two-time SEC Coach of the Year. Mears retired with a record of 399-135.
Francis Meehan: Nicknamed “Stretch” for being one of the first truly tall men in the game (he was 6’ 7”), Francis Meehan starred at Seton Hall on the college level. He would play for multiple pro teams on the pro level across the American Northeast.
Donald “Dudley” Moore(Coach): Moore was a Head Coach at Duquesne from 1948 to 1958, and he would lead his school to a NIT Championship in 1955. He would later take over at LaSalle from 1958 to 1963. Moore’s overall record was 270-107.
Willie Naulls: Naulls was a First Team All-PCC Selection at UCLA, and would later win three NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics (1964-66) and was also a four-time All-Star. Naulls also played for the St. Louis Hawks, New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors. Ranked #87 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Philadelphia SPHAS: The Sphas were formed in 1917, and they would win 12 Championships in their respective leagues, most notably the Eastern Basketball League and the American Basketball League.
Mel Riebe: Riebe played his pro ball in the National Basketball League (1943-45) and the Basketball Association of American (1946-49). He was the 1944 NBL Rookie of the Year, and was twice the league scoring champion.
Glenn Roberts: One of the first players to utilize the jump shot, Roberts went from Emory and Henry to the NBL, where he took the Akron Firestone Non-Skids to a league title in 1939.
Holcombe Rucker(Contributor): Rucker was the playground director for Harlem from 1948 to 1964. In that time, he founded the New York City Pro-Am. It became a legendary tournament, and a famed court in Harlem still bears his name.
Kenny Sailors: Sailors was a huge star at the University of Wyoming, where he took the Cowboys to the NCAA Championship in 1943. That year he was a Consensus First Team All-American and was the NCAA Tournament MVP. As a pro, he was an All-BAA Second Team Selection as a Providence Steamroller in 1949.
Fred Schaus(Contributor): Before he was a college coach, Schaus was an NBA All-Star (1951). He would then coach West Virginia from 1954 to 1960, and would be named the SoCon Coach of the Year four times. He would later coach the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 to 1967, and won an NBA Championship with them as an Executive in 1972. Schaus returned to the coaching ranks with Purdue from 1972 to 1978. His college coaching record is 250-97, and his NBA Coaching record is 315-245.
Kenny Sears: A two-time WCC Player of the Year at Santa Clara, Sears would become a an All-Star twice with the New York Knicks. He was the first basketball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Frank Selvy: Selvy played his college ball at Furman, where he would set a mark for a 100 Point Game. He was a two-time NCAA Scoring Champion (1953 & 1954), two-time SoCon Player of the Year (1953 & 1954), and was a Consensus All-American in 1954. He would go on to appear in two NBA All-Star Games (1955 & 1962), and he played for Baltimore, Milwaukee/St. Louis, Minneapolis/Los Angeles, New York and Syracuse.
George Senesky: Senesky was a Division I Scoring Champion and Consensus First Team All-American in 1943. He would later play for the Philadelphia Warriors in the BAA, then NBA, and he was a champion in 1947. He would later become their Head Coach, and would lead them to an NBA Title in 1956.
Paul Seymour: Seymour played for the Toledo Jeeps, Baltimore Bullets and the Syracuse Nationals, where he played the majority of his career (1948-60). With Syracuse, he was an NBA Champion (1955), and was a three-time All-Star (1953-55). While he was with the Nationals, he became a player/coach from 1956-60. He also would coach the St. Louis Hawks (1960-62), Baltimore (1965-66) and the Detroit Pistons (1968-69).
Charles Siler(Contributor): Siler helped with the game’s origins by developing some of the game’s rules.
Talvin Skinner: Skinner was twice a First Team All-MEAC Selection at Maryland Eastern Shore, and would lead them to an NIT invitation. That marked the first time that a Historically Black College participated. Skinner would later play two seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics.
Ken Suesens: A Guard at the University of Iowa, Suessens played in the NBL for the Sheboygan Red Skins (1938-49), and took them to a title in 1943. He was a Second Team All-NBL Selection twice.
Dick Van Arsdale: Playing his college ball at Indiana, Dick Van Arsdale would begin his pro career with the New York Knicks in 1965. He would later be chosen by the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 Expansion Draft, where he would play nine seasons and go to three All-Star Games.
Tom Van Arsdale: The twin brother of Dick Van Arsdale, Tom Van Arsdale also played at Indiana. He was a three-time All Star during his time with the Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City Kings. He would also play for Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Phoenix.
Perry Wallace: Wallace broke down the barrier when he became the first African American player to play in the SEC, when he suited up for Vanderbilt in 1967. He would be a Second Team All-SEC selection in 1970, and his number was retired by the Commodores in 1970.
Frank Walsh: Actually, we could use some help on this one!
Willie Wise: A member of the All-Time ABA Team, Wise played for the Los Angeles Stars/Utah Stars from 1969 to 1974, where he went to two All-Star Games, was named to one All-ABA Second All-Team, and won an ABA Championship. He went his third ABA All-Star Game as a Virginia Squire in 1974.
Max Zaslosky: Zaslofsky came from St. John’s to the NBA’s Chicago Stags where he was the scoring champion in 1948 and was a First Team All-Star in the first four seasons of his career. He would later play for the New York Knicks, and was an All-Star in 1952. Zaslofsky finished his career with the Baltimore Bullets, Milwaukee Hawks and Fort Wayne Pistons. He is ranked #9 on our Notinhalloffame.comlist.
Direct-Elect Category: Women’s Veterans Committee Nominations:
Alline Banks Sprouse: Sprouse played for Nashville Business College in the AAU for 12 years.
Edmonton Commercial Grads: Playing for 25 years (1915-40), the Grads were multi-time National and International Champions. They would win 95 percent of their games. Their Coach, Percy Page, would later serve as the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
John Head: Head was the Head Coach of Nashville Business College, where he was at the helm from 1948 to 1969. He would have a record of 68-94 and won 11 AAU Championships. Internationally, he was the Head Coach for the U.S., and would take the Women’s Team to Gold Medals in the FIBA Titles (1953 & 1957) and the 1963 Pan American Games.
Pearl Moore: Moore was a scoring machine at Francis Marion University and the New York Stars of the Women’s Professional Basketball League.
Nashville Business College: NBC was led by John Head (also nominated) and would win 11 Titles from 1950 to 1969.
Lometa Odom: Odom played at Wayland Baptist from 1953 to 1956, and while she was there the team went 115-5. She would also win the Gold Medal with Team U.S.A. at the 1955 Pan American Games.
Harley Redin: Redin was the Head Coach of the Wayland Baptist University team from 1955 to 1973. He had a record of 429-63.
Teresa Shank: In the college ranks, Shank was the Head Coach of Saint Joseph’s (1974), Rutgers (1976-85), Illinois (1995-07) and Lafayette (2015-17). She also coached the U.S. Women’s team to Bronze in the 1992 Olympics, and Gold at the 1990 FIBA Championship.
Hazel Walker: Walker would take Tulsa Business College to an AAU National Championship in 1934, and would later play for the All-American Red Heads Team. She would form her own barnstorming team, the Arkansas Travelers.
We will be watching to see which of these Nominees will advance to Springfield as the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.