Springfield, Mass– The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced during NBA All-Star Weekend on Saturday that five-time NBA All Star Chris Webber and four time defensive player of the year, as well as four-time All-Star Ben Wallace have been nominated for the 2019 Hall of Fame Class.
One of the most cerebral and best-passing big men ever to play the game, Webber first came into prominence as the best player on Michigan’s Famed “Fab Five” recruiting class, leading his Wolverines to the National Championship game in consecutive seasons, ultimately falling short each time. Webber went on to have a long and productive NBA career, most notably with the Wizards, Warriors, Kings, putting up career per-game averages of just under 21 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Wallace was a force to be reckoned with on the court. He was one of the faces that propelled the early-aughts Detroit Pistons, winning a championship over the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004. Although he was never considered much of a scorer, Wallace certainly made it tough for opponents to score points in the paint. He finished with 2,137 blocks and 10,482 rebounds in his career.
“To be named a Finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and we are proud to recognize the outstanding men and women who have impacted the game,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We congratulate our finalists and looking forward to revealing the Class of 2019 at the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis this spring.”
The entire list of finalists for the HOF are Marques Johnson, Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber and Paul Westphal. The finalists in the coaches category are Bill Fitch and Eddie Sutton; as well as referee Hugh Evans. The three finalists from the Women’s Screening Committee include player Theresa Weatherspoon; and coaches Leta Andrews and Barbara Stevens.
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