Basketball Hall of Fame 2013: Complete List of Inductees to Naismith Memorial

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 8, 2013

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has finally announced its class of 2013 inductees, a crop of talent that features a number of great players, coaches and contributors to the game from all over the world. The induction ceremony will take place on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass.

These men and women have been recognized for their achievements, and their enshrinement by the Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors attainable in basketball.

Let’s take a look at some of the big-name stars inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

*HOF inductees announced via NBATV. 


Notable Inductees

Gary Payton

As soon as the man known as “The Glove” was eligible to be elected to the Hall of Fame, he should have been considered a lock.

The nine-time All-Star and nine-time All-Defensive First Team selection was the only point guard in NBA history to win the Defensive Player of the Year award, a feat he accomplished during the 1996 season.

During his 17-year career, Payton racked up 21,813 points, 8,966 assists and 2,445 steals—most with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1990 to 2003—and even earned a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 before retiring at the end of the 2006-07 campaign.

This superstar was one of the best defenders the game has ever seen, while being a fiery competitor and relentless trash-talker who racked up an impressive number of technical fouls over the course of his career.

Rick Pitino

Pitino will look for his second NCAA championship on Monday night when he coaches the Louisville Cardinals against the Michigan Wolverines, and he’ll now do so as a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame.

The superstar coach has been to seven Final Fours—including the 2013 edition—and won a title in 1996 with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Pitino is the only coach in history to have brought three different programs to the Final Four, as he has guided Providence, Kentucky and Louisville that far during his decorated career. (John Calipari also brought three schools to the Final Four, but the NCAA vacated two of those appearances.)

The 60-year-old seems to only get better with age, as he just reached back-to-back Final Fours for the second time in his career and could claim another championship on April 8.


Bernard King

King is a four-time NBA All-Star who will finally get his due as a Hall of Fame player.

The former New York Knicks star lit up the Garden back in the 1980s, including a ridiculous 32.9-points-per-game season during the 1984-85 campaign.

Unfortunately, injuries cut short his epic career. He suffered an awful ACL tear in the spring of 1985 that caused him to miss the entire 1985-86 season and limited his once-great athleticism.

King finished his NBA career with 19,655 points, 5,060 rebounds and 2,863 assists, one scoring title (1985) and two All-NBA First Team selections.

Jerry Tarkanian

Tarkanian was one of the most controversial coaches in NCAA history, but he certainly had a knack for winning.

He ended his career with 990 wins and a winning percentage of 81 percent. He took the UNLV Rebels to the Final Four on four occasions and won a national championship at the conclusion of the 1990 season.

Outside of his winning accolades, “Tark the Shark” was known for butting heads with the NCAA and being subjected to investigation by the organization for various reasons.

This colorful coach has now been rightfully enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame, where his achievements will live on forever.

Complete List of Inductees


Main Contribution

Gary Payton

Point guard

Rick Pitino

Head coach

Russ Granik

Deputy NBA commissioner

Richie Guerin

Shooting guard

Guy V. Lewis

Head coach

Bernard King

Small forward

Edwin B. Henderson


Jerry Tarkanian

Head coach

Oscar Schmidt

Small forward

Roger Brown

Small forward

Sylvia Hatchell

Head coach

Dawn Staley



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