The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame has recently announced the top 14 finalists for induction at the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
The names of the finalists are the following:
Darell Garretson – 27-year NBA referee
Allen Iverson – 9-time NBA All-star
Tom Izzo – two-time NABC Coach of the year
John McLendon – first African-American coach in a professional league
Shaquille O’Neal – three-time NBA Finals MVP
Sheryl Swoops – four-time WNBA champion
Wayland Baptist University – 10-time AAU National Champions
Charles “Lefty” Driesell
Leta Andrews – All-time winningest high school coach
Robert Hughes – All-time winningest boys high school coach
Kevin Johnson – three-time NBA All Star
Muffet McGraw – three-tine Consensus National College Coach of the Year
Bo Ryan – four-time Division III national champion coach
Eddie Sutton – four-time National Coach of the Year
Shaquille O’Neil, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson are the most popular players to make it in this class of 2016.
O’Neil came in to the league and averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks a game all throughout his career. More monumental was his participation with the Lakers organization and delivered a three-peat back in 2000-2002 in which he became finals MVP in each of those years. O’Neil was also a part of the 50 greatest players of all-time list.
Another center that will probably make the list, Yao Ming has become one of the best ambassadors for basketball not just in china, but in the world. The Chinese center had spent 8 seasons in the NBA and was named an All-Star in each of those seasons.
Allen Iverson is also a candidate that predicts to be a shoe-in for the 2016 Hall of Fame class. The nine-time NBA All-Star led the league in scoring 4 times and was named MVP in 2001. Iverson averaged 26.7 points and 6.2 assists in 14 seasons in the NBA.
The final list for the Class of 2016 will be announced on April 4 at a press conference in Houston pprior to the NCAA Men’s championship.
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