SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Former NBA stars Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen and Grant Hill headline the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2018.
Other contenders include long-term college basketball coach Lefty Driesell, Women Katie Smith and Tina Thompson and four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks
Kidd, a ten-time NBA All-Star and six-time All-NBA selection, is considered one of the best passers-by in NBA history. He ended his career in second place in assists and steals as well as third in all times in the triple doubles. The 6-foot-4-point guard played for five different franchises and won a title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. He led the league in assists five times in his 1
Nash has been a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors and general manager of the Canadian national team.
Allen is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. He is the all-time leader of the league in career 3-point field goals made, both in the regular season and after the season. Allen won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat and made 10 All-Star games. He was also a two-time All-NBA selection and won a gold medal in 2000. During his time at UConn, Allen won National Player of the Year awards in 1996.
Hill, the Rookie of the Year awards shared with Kidd In the 1994/95 season he completed seven All-Star appearances in his 19-year NBA career. Hill, a five-time All-NBA selection, is the first former Duke player to be elected to the Hall of Fame. One of the biggest players in Duke history, Hill was a two-time All-American and won two national championships with the Blue Devils.
Driesell, 86, is 11th of all times among the most successful men's Division I coaches in school basketball history. Drielsell went to 13 NCAA tournaments, eight of which came from 1969-86 while in Maryland. He won the NIT with the Terrapins in 1972. Driels was also the head coach at Davidson, James Madison and Georgia State.
He is also credited with the creation of Midnight Madness in 1971 in Maryland, allowing 3,000 fans to attend a public run three minutes after the official start of the workout at midnight.
Smith and Thompson are two of the greatest women's basketball players of all time. Smith is the top scorer in women's professional basketball and plays in both the ABL and the WNBA. She won three Olympic gold medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Thompson won four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets and was selected nine times for the All-Star Game. She won two Olympic gold medals.
Cheeks won an 1983 NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers and helped guide them to two other NBA Finals Trips. He won four complete All-Defensive First Team selections and went on to become NBA All-Time Steal Leader. Cheeks is currently the fifth all-time in steals and 13th all-time in assists. He has spent nine seasons as head coach for three different franchises, reaching the playoffs three times.
The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be drafted by Rod Thorn, a longtime NBA manager and the general manager of the Chicago Bulls when they drafted Michael Jordan; Charlie Scott, a five-time all-star, who scored nearly 15,000 combined points in the ABA and NBA; Rick Welts, President of the Warriors; Dino Radja, one of FIBA's 50 biggest players and two-time EuroLeague champion, who played for the Celtics; and Ora Mae Washington, a dominant basketball and tennis player Arthur Ashe once said, "was perhaps the best athlete of all time."