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Everything You Need to Know About 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Class

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterSeptember 23, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Class

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    On September 8, the hoops world will descend on Springfield, Mass., as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes the class of 2013 into the annals of immortality. Twelve legends of the game—including three NBA players and four college coaches—will see their names enshrined alongside those of the game's myriad greats in recognition of their contributions to the history and growth of basketball.

    At the very least, it'll be something to keep hoops heads busy until October, when the NBA opens up training camp in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

    But before we're inundated with soaring speeches and happy hugs to commemorate the history and tradition that roundball has borne, let's get to know those who are due to be honored on Sunday.

Roger Brown

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    Elected As: Player

    Elected By: ABA Committee

    Must Know: Averaged 17.4 points per game across eight ABA seasons with the Indiana Pacers, the Memphis Sounds and the Utah Stars; won three ABA championships (1970, 1972, 1973) and went to four All-Star Games (1968, 1970-72) as a member of the Pacers

    Fun Facts: Nicknamed "The Rajah;" one of five Pacers to have his jersey retired; holds two ABA records: consecutive field goals made (21) and points in an ABA Finals game (53)

Russ Granik

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    Elected As: Contributor

    Elected By: Contributor Direct Election Committee

    Must Know: Spent 30 years in the NBA league office starting in 1976; played a pivotal role in negotiating TV contracts, collective bargaining agreements, league expansion and allowing NBA pros to participate in the Olympics

    Fun Facts: Held influential posts with the NBA (executive vice president, 1984-90), USA Basketball (vice president, 1989-96; president, 1996-2000), Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (chairman of the board, 2003-07)

Richard Guerin

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    Elected As: Player

    Elected By: Veterans Committee

    Must Know: Six-time All-Star with the New York Knicks (1958-63); three-time All-NBA second-teamer (1958-60, 1961-62); averaged 17.3 points per game over 13 NBA seasons; served as player-coach for the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (1964-67, 1968-70, did not play in 1967-68); was named Coach of the Year in 1968

    Fun Facts: Known as "Richie;" was named Coach of the Year in 1968 with the Hawks

Dr. E.B. Henderson

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    Elected As: Contributor

    Elected By: Early African-American Pioneers of the Game Committee

    Must Know: Helped to found the Interscholastic Athletic Association (the first all-black athletic conference), the Washington, D.C. Public School Athletic League and the Eastern Board of Officials

    Fun Facts: Known as the "Grandfather of Black Basketball;" charter member of the Black Athletes Hall of Fame; learned the game of basketball at Harvard in 1904 and introduced it to the Washington, D.C. area shortly thereafter

Sylvia Hatchell

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    Elected As: Coach

    Elected By: Women's Committee

    Must Know: Three-time National Coach of the Year (1994, 2006, 2008) and three-time ACC Coach of the Year at the University of North Carolina; has led the Tar Heels to seven 30-win seasons, 28 20-win seasons, three NCAA Final Fours, eight ACC Championships and the 1994 National Championship

    Fun Facts: One of three Division I women's coaches to win 900 games; only coach to ever win championships at three different levels (NCAA, NAIA, AIAW); served on the coaching staff of Team USA's gold medal-winning team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics

Bernard King

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    Elected As: Player

    Elected By: North American Committee

    Must Know: Four-time All-Star with the Golden State Warriors (1982), the New York Knicks (1984, 1985) and the Washington Bullets; also played for the New Jersey Nets and the Utah Jazz; four-time All-NBA performer (second team, 1981-82; first team, 1983-85; third team, 1990-91); averaged 22 points per game over 14 NBA seasons

    Fun Facts: 1981 NBA Comeback Player of the Year; became first Knicks player since 1964 to score 50 points in back-to-back games when he pulled off the feat in January 1984; 10th player in NBA history to score 60 points in a game (Christmas Day 1984 vs. the Nets)

Guy V. Lewis

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    Elected As: Coach

    Elected By: North American Committee

    Must Know: Compiled a record of 592-279 over 30 years as the head coach at the University of Houston; led the Cougars to 14 NCAA tournament appearances, 10 Sweet 16s, five Final Fours and three 30-win seasons

    Fun Facts: Was the head coach of the famed "Phi Slama Jama" teams at UH; two-time National Coach of the Year winner (1968, 1983); coached 29 future NBA pros, including Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Elvin Hayes

Gary Payton

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    Elected As: Player

    Elected By: North American Committee

    Must Know: Nine-time All-Star with the Seattle Supersonics (1994-2002) and the Milwaukee Bucks (2003); also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat; nine-time All-NBA (two first-teamers, five second-teamers, two third-teamers) and All-Defensive performer (all first-teamers); 1996 NBA Defensive Player of the Year; 1991 NBA All-Rookie second team; two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000); eighth all-time leader in assists, fourth in steals

    Fun Facts: Nicknamed "The Glove;" 1990 Pac-10 and Naismith Player of the Year at Oregon State; nearly retired from the NBA after his rookie season, according to NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper; claimed John Stockton was his toughest defensive assignment, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports; won his first and only NBA title with the Heat in 2006

Rick Pitino

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    Elected As: Coach

    Elected By: North American Committee

    Must Know: Record of 664-239 at the NCAA Division I level with the University of Hawaii, Boston University, Providence College, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville; has taken his teams to seven Final Fours, 21 postseason appearances, nine conference championships and two national championships (1996, 2013); 1987 NABC and John Wooden National Coach of the Year; three-time SEC Coach of the Year (1990, 1991, 1996); 2005 Conference USA Coach of the Year

    Fun Facts: Only coach in NCAA Division I history to lead three different schools to the Final Four and the only one to win national championships at two different schools (Kentucky and Louisville); also coached the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics in the NBA (record of 192-220)

Oscar Schmidt

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    Elected As: Player

    Elected By: International Committee

    Must Know: Played in five Olympics with Brazil; named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991; inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010; led three different leagues (Italian League, Spanish League, Brazilian League) in scoring on 16 separate occasions; won the Italian Basketball Cup with Caserta in 1988; three-time Brazilian champion

    Fun Facts: Known as Oscar Schmidt Bezerra in Spain and as Oscar in Brazil; nicknamed Mão Santa (Holy Hand); turned down a chance to play for the New Jersey Nets in 1984 so that he could play internationally for Brazil; unofficially considered the most prolific scorer in basketball history (49,737 points between club and national play); played club basketball for nearly 30 years, until the age of 45

Dawn Staley

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    Elected As: Player

    Elected By: Women's Committee

    Must Know: Six-time WNBA All-Star with the Charlotte Sting (2001-05) and the Houston Comets (2006); three-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004); two-time National College Player of the Year (1991-92) and three-time Kodak All-American at the University of Virginia; two-time ABL All-Star with the Richmond Rage (1997, 1998); two-time USA Basketball Female Player of the Year (1994, 2004) 

    Fun Facts: Voted one of the top 15 players in WNBA history; holds NCAA career record for steals (454); only women's college basketball player to amass 2,000 points, 700 assists and 400 steals; currently the head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of South Carolina

Jerry Tarkanian

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    Elected As: Coach

    Elected By: North American Committee

    Must Know: Record of 706-198 at Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State; led the Runnin' Rebels to four Final Fours (1977, 1987, 1990, 1991) and the 1990 NCAA tournament championship; piled up 14 NCAA tournament appearances, 13 Sweet 16s, seven Elite Eights, 17 conference championships and four National Coach of the Year awards

    Fun Fact: Nicknamed "Tark the Shark;" known for chewing on towels during games; coached 44 future NBA pros; coached the San Antonio Spurs for 20 games during the 1992-93 season (record of 9-11)

     

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