Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett Inducted Into Basketball Hall of Fame

Jordan Cohn
April 03, 2020 - 5:10 pm
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Three of the most recognizable names in NBA history will officially be added to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in a star-studded 2020 class. Friday afternoon, NBA sources revealed which players will join Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and over 300 other inductees in the game's most prestigious club.

Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a tragic helicopter accident earlier in January of this year, will join teammate Shaquille O'Neal in the Hall of Fame. Bryant was an 18-time All Star, a five-time NBA champion and the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history.

Tim Duncan, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, was a 15-time All Star and a consistent force on both ends of the floor throughout his 18-year career, all spent with the San Antonio Spurs. He too has won five NBA championships and was a member of 15 All-Defensive teams.

Kevin Garnett, the energetic and outspoken leader of the Timberwolves, Celtics and Nets, was a 15-time All Star, a 12-time All-Defensive team selection and an extremely important member of the 2008 Boston Celtics championship team.

Joining these three superstars of the 2000s is Rudy Tomjanovich, according to Mark Berman of Fox. Tomjanovich has long been a candidate due to his phenomenal coaching record which includes a pair of NBA titles in Houston. He was also a solid player for the Rockets throughout the 1970s, making five All Star teams and scoring over 20 points per game frequently.

The announcement is expected to be made official on Saturday, April 4. All three players were eligible for the first time since retirement in 2020, as the rules state that a player may be considered for induction in the fifth year of their retirement. The final step of the voting process, in front of the Honors Committee, requires that candidates get a 75% vote from the committee (18 of 24 affirmative votes) in order to be enshrined.

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