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NBA News: Shaq, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson named as finalists for 2016 Naismith Hall of Fame class

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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.

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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.

PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 4: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers signals the crowd to get loud during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on February 4, 2005 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA – FEBRUARY 4: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers signals the crowd to get loud during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on February 4, 2005 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

Feature image from basketballghana.com

 

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