13 finalists made the list for this year's class, including eight players, four coaches and one referee.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2019 finalists on Friday evening. Chris Webber and Ben Wallace highlight the 13 finalists.
A number of well-known NBA names made the cut, including eight players, four coaches and one referee.
This year’s list includes four first-time finalists: consensus National Collegiate Player of the Year Marques Johnson, seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma, four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace, and five-time NBA All-Star Paul Westphal.
The 10 North American Screening Committee finalists include:
1. Marques Johnson: Five-time NBA All-Star
2. Bobby Jones: Eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
3. Sidney Moncrief: Five-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
4. Jack Sikma: Seven-time NBA All-Star and SuperSonics' NBA Champion
5. Ben Wallace: Four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, four-time NBA All-Star and Pistons' NBA Champion
6. Chris Webber: Five-time NBA All-Star and the 1994 NBA Rookie of the Year
The 1994 NBA Rookie of the Year with the Warriors, Chris Webber was a big man with a unique combination of skills. He finished his career with averages of 20.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG, and 4.2 APG while being named to five NBA All-Star teams @Hoophall Finalist pic.twitter.com/iIQrkOr0vD— NBA History (@NBAHistory) February 15, 2019
7. Paul Westphal: Five-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA First Team member and NBA Champion with the Celtics
After a standout career at USC, Paul Westphal joined the Celtic family after being chosen in the first round of the 1972 NBA Draft. However, Westphal is best known for his years as a member of the Phoenix Suns @Hoophall Finalist pic.twitter.com/t0e61n4e7T— NBA History (@NBAHistory) February 15, 2019
8. Eddie Sutton: Four-time National College Coach of the Year
9. Bill Fitch: Two-time NBA Coach of the Year
10. Hugh Evans: 28-year NBA referee
The three finalists from the Women’s Screening Committee include:
11. Teresa Weatherspoon: Five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
12. Leta Andrews: All-time winningest high school coach, male or female
13. Barbara Stevens: Five-time Division II National Coach of the Year
The announcement was made at NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte.