Divac, Sikma, 'T-Spoon' among Hall inductees

09 April, 2019, 06:43 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
  • Sikma, Divac, Moncrief headline Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019

The school now known as Tennessee State was coached by John McLendon, the Kansas graduate who is enshrined in the Hall of Fame as a coach and contributor, and led by future National Basketball Association players Dick Barnett and John "Rabbit" Barnhill.

Moncrief, who played alongside Sikma with the Bucks from 1986-89, also reached the Final Four in his final season at Arkansas, where he was coached by Eddie Sutton.

Earlier today, According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Moncrief would be inducted alongside Paul Westphal, Bobby Jones and Vlade Divac.

Westphal was a five-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA first team selection, with a championship as a player in 1974 with the Boston Celtics and more than 300 victories as an NBA head coach.

The announcement was made on Saturday morning. "The Class of 2019 is brimming with those who have had a significant historical impact on the game we love".

Weatherspoon is a five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won an NCAA title with Louisiana Tech in 1988.

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After putting in players who could pour in the points but were not so hot on the defensive end (George Gervin?), the Naismith voters might have felt it was time to reward a player noted for defense (although four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace was bypassed), even though Jones was certainly a contributor on the offensive end.

The 2019 inductees will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 6. Now 86, Fitch won the NBA's Coach of the Year award twice.

"He's a player who's totally selfless, who runs like a deer, jumps like a gazelle, plays with his head and heart each night, and then walks away from the court as if nothing happened", said Julius "Dr.J" Erving. Weatherspoon was a five-time WNBA All-Star. Westphal took Phoenix to the NBA Finals in his first season as a coach, 1992-93.

Attles was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in the fifth round of the 1960 NBA Draft and has been part of the franchise as a player, coach, general manager and ambassador. Jones started his career in Denver when the Nuggets were in the ABA and he made the ABA All-Star team, All-Rookie Team, and two times was on the league's All-Defensive Team. Sidney Moncrief us a five-time-NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Chris Webber, one of Divac's teammates with Sacramento, didn't make it into the Hall of Fame.

The 82-year-old Attles, the Golden State Warriors patriarch and a former coach and guard, was chosen as a contributor. On February 5, 1984, Cooper died at the age of 57. Jones won a championship with the 76ers in 1983.



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