Nash, Kidd, Cheeks, Hill part of HOF class
Three point guards and a forward will be welcomed to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Maurice Cheeks and Grant Hill will be part of a formal announcement of the full class for this year at a Final Four press conference in San Antonio this weekend.
Nash, third all-time in assists, made the All-NBA first-team three times during his 18-year career with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. Nash is one of 12 players to win two MVP awards and was an eight-time All-Star.
Kidd was the 1994-95 NBA Rookie of the Year, which paved the way for a 19-year career in which he made the All-NBA first-team five times and All-Defensive first-team four times. Kidd, who ranks third in NBA history with 107 triple-doubles, was a 10-time All-Star. He won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and is second all-time in assists and steals.
Hill was a two-time national champion and two-time All-American at Duke, but a plethora of injuries kept him from reaching the same heights in the NBA during a 19-year career. He was named to seven All-Star teams and was an All-NBA first-team selection in 1996-97.
Cheeks was the man at the control as the starting point guard for the 1983 champion Philadelphia 76ers and was a four-time All-Star and first-team All-NBA defensive selection four times. When Cheeks retired in 1993, he was the all-time leader in steals, averaging more than two per game for his career.
Other finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame are Ray Allen, Chris Webber, Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, longtime NBA official Hugh Evans and the 1953-58 Wayland Baptist University teams.