Grant Hill to be inducted to Hall of Fame

Grant Hill to be inducted to Hall of Fame

Grant Hill to be inducted to Hall of Fame

Three first-timers on the ballot are being enshrined this year; Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Steve Nash.

Per ESPN, other finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame are Ray Allen, Chris Webber, Charles 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.

Joining the trio is Maurice Cheeks, former 76ers guard and current Thunder assistant.

Kidd's 12,091 assists sit behind only John Stockton for most in league history.

Coming out of Duke University as a senior in 1994, Hill enjoyed his best seasons with the Detroit Pistons, with his career taking a tumble at the start of the 2000-01 season, when he signed with the Orlando Magic in search of better compensation.

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A formal announcement will come during this weekend's Final Four.

Nash has career averages of 14.3 points, 8.5 assists and shot an impressive 49 percent from the field in his 18-year career.

Nash played for the Mavs from 1998-2004, winning one of his two MVP awards during his Dallas stint.

A native of San Francisco, Kidd spent 21 years in the Association with the Mavericks, Suns, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.

In each of the nine seasons between 2001-02 and 2009-10, Nash was the catalyst behind the team that led the league in offensive efficiency. He made seven All-Star appearances and was an all-NBA first team honoree in 1996-97. None played more than two seasons with Dallas nor had impacts in the city of the caliber of Nash and Kidd. When Beck asked about it, the former coach denied it, maintaining that "as a player, it's the golden rule: You never practice on a back-to-back".

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