Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted March 30, 2018

Grant Hill, Steve Nash, and Jason Kidd are the first three members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2018, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

They will join Maurice Cheeks who was a repeated finalist up until this year. He ranks right behind Kidd in all-time assists (10,335).

The Mavericks drafted Kidd with the second overall pick in 1994, and he played in Dallas first from 1994-96 and again in 2018-12 as part of Dallas' 2011 title squad. The trio are expected to be formally announced during the NCAA Men's Tournament's Final Four weekend. Nash, one of 12 players to win two MVP awards, was an eight-time All-Star.

Cheeks, who spent most of his 15-year playing career with the Philadelphia 76ers, coached the Pistons for part of the 2013-14 season, getting fired after a 21-29 start. Not only that, but being an 8-time All-Star and 7-time All-NBA player makes this an easy choice for the Hall of Fame.

Jason Kidd is undoubtedly one of the greatest passers in the history of the game, and controlled the game from the point guard position in mercurial fashion over his 19 year career.

Hill finished his career with seven All-Star appearances, First Team All-NBA honors in 1996-97 and was the Rookie of the Year.

He was selected to 10 NBA All-Star games before venturing into coaching where he was the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

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 National Basketball Association official Hugh Evans and the 1953-58 Wayland Baptist University teams.