There's not a bigger honor any basketball player, coach, or personality could ever think of than being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
Winning an NBA Championship depends on many factors, including luck, while putting together a Hall of Fame-worthy career is entirely up to players. It just doesn't get better than that.
That's why basketball fans from all over the world are always looking forward to the list of finalists for these kinds of ceremonies, and the class of 2021 didn't disappoint the slightest.
Headlined by Paul Pierce and Chris Bosh, the Hall of Fame recently announced the 14 NBA players, WNBA players, and former coaches that are now on the verge of being immortalized:
"This year’s list includes nine first-time finalists: ninth-winningest coach in NBA history Rick Adelman, two-time NBA champion and 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, five-time NBA champion and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection Michael Cooper, NBA Finals MVP and 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, the first Black NBA head coach Bill Russell, two-time NCAA national champion Villanova coach Jay Wright, seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith, seven-time WNBA All-Star and three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Lauren Jackson, and NCAA national champion and WNBA Coach of the Year Marianne Stanley.
Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are: the all-time winningest high school coach Leta Andrews, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, consensus National Collegiate Player of the Year Marques Johnson, four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace, and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber," announced the Hall of Fame in an official statement.
For obvious reasons, not every person on this list will be inducted but you can't deny that they're all worthy of strong consideration. For now, all we can do is wait until May 16 when they officially announce the Class of 2021.