The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will officially induct 13 new members on Saturday as part of its annual dedication ceremony in Springfield, Mass.
Here’s a look at the 13 players and coaches who make up the Class of 2022.
Ginóbili spent all 16 seasons of his career with Spurs and is a first-round selection. A four-time NBA champion alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, Ginóbili is also in rarefied air as an international player after leading Argentina to the country’s only men’s basketball Olympic gold medal in 2004. In 2001 he was named EuroLeague MVP and led Kinder Bologna to a rare triple crown – when a team wins its National League, National Cup and European Cup – with victories in Serie A , Italian Cup and EuroLeague. He is one of only two players in history to have won a EuroLeague title, an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal.
Ginóbili averaged 13.3 points and 3.8 assists during his 16-year NBA career. He was named to two All-Star Teams and two All-NBA Third Teams.
Like Ginobili, Cash has had success both individually and as a member of various championship teams. A four-time WNBA All-Star, Cash won three WNBA titles – 2003 and 2006 with the Detroit Shock and 2010 with the Seattle Storm – as well as two NCAA titles with the UConn women’s basketball team. In 2002, the Huskies went 39-0 en route to a championship, and Cash was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Cash also won Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2012 with Team USA, as well as a FIBA World Cup gold medal in 2010.
Whalen played in the WNBA for 14 seasons and won four WNBA titles with the Minnesota Lynx. She retired in 2018 as the league’s all-time leader in total games won with 323 and made five WNBA All-Star appearances, as well as five All-WNBA selections (three first teams). Whalen holds the University of Minnesota record for total points and scoring average, and in 2018 coached the University of Minnesota women’s basketball while playing for the Lynx.
Whalen won Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016, as well as FIBA World Championship gold medals in 2010 (with Cash) and 2014.
On the court, Hardaway – whose career spanned 14 seasons from 1990 to 2003 – is perhaps best known for the “Two-Stroke UTEP” – the devastating crossover that was a staple of his game. Five-time All-Star selection and four-time All-NBA, Hardaway averaged 17.7 points and 8.2 assists for his career, and he averaged more than 20 points per game for four straight seasons.
Hardaway has become a vocal advocate for same-sex marriage in recent years after making homophobic comments in 2007 on The Dan Le Batard Show. In 2019, Hardaway said he believed his comments kept him out of the Hall of Fame, adding that he understood the reasoning if that was the case. Jason Collins – the NBA’s first openly gay active player – recently praised Hardaway’s plea to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News and said he was happy to see Hardaway enter the Hall of Fame.
Huggins is the latest longtime college men’s basketball head coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after 45 years in the NCAA. He’s been coaching at West Virginia since 2007, where he took over his alma mater and led them to a 326-188 record over the past 15 seasons. West Virginia’s deepest run in the NCAA playoffs ended in the Final Four in 2009-10, but Huggins has led West Virginia into the NCAA Tournament 10 times in 15 years.
Prior to coaching in West Virginia, Huggins coached Cincinnati to a 399-127 record from 1989 to 2005. Cincinnati made the NIT Tournament in Huggins’ first two seasons, then made the NCAA Tournament 13 straight times through the after. He was named Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 2000 and by ESPN in 2002.
Karl is sixth in NBA history in total games won, with a record 1,175-824 in 27 seasons. He made the playoffs 22 times with five different teams.
Under Karl, the 1995-96 Sonics – led by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton – made it to the NBA Finals, where they lost to Michael Jordan and the Bulls. In 2013, Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year after helping lead the Nuggets to a 57-25 record, although the Nuggets retired in the first round to the Warriors in the playoffs.
Karl is a thyroid cancer survivor.
Hudson made six All-Star teams for the Hawks, who retired his jersey. In 13 seasons, including 11 spent in St. Louis and Atlanta with the Hawks, he averaged 20.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Hudson was also part of the first black recruiting class at the University of Minnesota, which also retired his jersey.
Costello — who played in the NBA from 1954 to 1968 and made six All-Star teams — is best known as the NBA’s last two-handed shooter. When he later became a coach, he was also one of the first to use videotape to analyze matches.
Harris has coached at all levels for the past 50 years, including 14 seasons as an NBA head coach. He helped Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets reach the Finals in 1981, where they lost to Larry Bird and the Celtics. Harris went on to win Coach of the Year with the Lakers in 1995 and received the NBA’s Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
Evans was a 28-year-old NBA umpire who worked 1,969 in the regular season, 35 NBA Finals games and four All-Star games before taking a front office job in the league. He made his debut as a Summer League game official at Rucker Park in his twenties and then accepted a part-time referee contract with the NBA in 1972 without ever appearing in a high school game or at University.
Evans died in July of heart failure, months after the Hall of Fame announced he would be inducted. He will be inducted posthumously.
Wyatt “Sonny” Boswell
Boswell played five seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters and was best known as a long-range shooting artist. He played in the NBL in 1942-43 when players from the previously all-white league were drafted into World War II.
Jackson is also a former Globetrotter, credited by Pro Basketball Encyclopedia as “the creative genius who transformed the Trotters into one of dozens of traveling basketball teams that dotted Depression-era America. into a team that became the most recognizable in the history of professional basketball. Jackson is also credited with “The Magic Circle” – a team-based display of ball-handling skills. He remained involved with the organization until upon his death in 1973.
Albert “Runt” Pullins
Pullins was one of the first Globetrotters – a 5ft 8in star player who also had a vehicle and drove the team to games when he joined them in 1929. Abe Saperstein, founder and owner of the Globetrotters, put Pullins at the top of his list of All-Time All-Star Globetrotters.
In 1975, Sweetwater Clifton reportedly said that “if anyone was going to get into the Hall of Fame, it should have been Runt Pullins”.
Stanley spent 22 seasons as a college women’s basketball coach and won an NCAA title with Old Dominion in 1985. She moved to the WNBA in 2000, and her Washington Mystics team in 2002 reached the finals of the WNBA the year she took over as head coach from an assistant role. That season, she was named WNBA Coach of the Year. She was head coach of the Indiana Fever from 2020-22 and coached Team USA to FIBA Gold in 1986.
As a player, Stanley won three consecutive collegiate national championships at Immaculata College from 1972 to 1974 and was part of the team credited with helping to revive women’s college basketball. This team was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 and was the subject of a 2011 movie called “The Mighty Macs”. She then began her coaching career as an assistant at Immaculata.
Like Stanley, Shank-Grentz played for the Immaculata College team that was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. Shank-Grentz scored over 1,000 points in his career.
Shank-Grentz had a long college coaching career at Saint John’s, Rutgers and Illinois and finished coaching with a 681-362 record.
Korać, who is inducted posthumously, was a Serbian and Yugoslav player best known for scoring 99 points in a EuroLeague game – the all-time EuroLeague record – and for making 100 out of 100 free throws live on a TV show. He won silver with Yugoslavia once at the 1968 Olympics and twice at the FIBA World Cup in 1963 and 1967.
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