It was inevitable that MJ would enter into the Hall on the first ballot. His career was unparalleled by any others. Besides averaging the highest ppg in league history 30.12, Jordan was a 14-time All Star, 5-time MVP, 6-time Final MVP, 3-time All Star MVP, 1988 Defensive Player of the year along with countless selections to the All NBA first-team and the defensive team, plus the 6 championships.
Though Jordan headlines this class, his classmates are no slouches. John Stockton more than earned his way into Hall, after a 19-year career with the Utah Jazz Stockton is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists(15,806) and steals (3,265). He was also a original member of the Dream Team.
Another member of the Dream Team that made the cut is ‘The Admiral’ David Robinson. He spent 14 years with the San Antonio Spurs making 10 All-Star games, won 2 championships, a MVP and a scoring title.
The only woman to make the list, Vivian Stringer, is the long time women’s college basketball coach. After 38 years on the sideline, Stringer has amassed 825 victories and has led 3 teams to the Final Four.
John Stockton’s NBA coach Jerry Sloan was also selected to the Hall on Monday. A 2-time All- Star as a player, Sloan has won over 1,000 games with the Utah Jazz.
All inductees will be formally inducted September 10-12 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Notables not selected: Don Nelson, Chris Mullin and Bobby Hurley Sr.