The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 induction class on Saturday, with Jason Kidd and Steve Nash leading the list of 13 names.
It was reported earlier in the week that Kidd and Nash would be nominated on Saturday and the finalist list was known well before that, and that was indeed the case when the nominees were officially unveiled.
is joined by Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Ray Allen and Maurice Cheeks as former NBA players to make the nomination list. WNBA star Tina Thompson, coach Lefty Driesell and Charlie Scott made the cut as well as executives Rick Welts, Rod Thorn and Dino Radja. Katie Smith and Ora Mae Washington round out the nominees. Here’s a full rundown of the list.
Nash, the NBA league MVP in 2005 and 2006, played 19 seasons in the NBA and is an eight-time All-Star. He led the NBA in assists five years and ranks third all-time with 10,335. Nash also has the NBA record for career free throw percentage (90.4).
Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, meanwhile, will go into the Hall of Fame together just as they entered the league together, winning co-Rookie of the Year honors in 1995. Kidd is second all-time in steals (2,684) and assists (12,091) behind John Stockton. A 10-time All-Star, Kidd was recently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Induction into the Hall of Fame in Springfield will take place on September 7 later this year.