Recognizing that the Class of 2020 could be one of the most star-studded ever, the Basketball Hall of Fame streamlined the induction process for this year. The selection committee cut the number of finalists from the North American and Women's committees in half, and is passing on inducting new members for its direct-elect committees with the exception of the International Committee, instead putting the focus on a group that includes Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant.
The full Class of 2020 was unveiled on April 4. The nine new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame will be enshrined in Springfield at a ceremony in 2021, after the original ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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• Bill Russell accepts Hall of Fame ring after 44 years
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Meet the Class of 2020
Stats: 25.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.4 SPG in 20 seasons.
Accolades: 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defensive, 4-time All-Star MVP, 2-time Finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP and 5-time NBA champion.
The moments behind Kobe's lasting Hall of Fame legacy
Take a look back at the 20-year career and lasting legacy of Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
Stats: 16.1 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3.3 APG in 15 WNBA seasons.
Accolades: 10-time WNBA All-Star, 12-time All-WNBA, 2011 WNBA MVP, 2012 WNBA champion, 1998 NCAA champion
Stats: 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.2 BPG in 19 seasons.
Accolades: 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 15-time All-Defensive, 1997-98 Rookie of the Year, 2-time NBA MVP, 3-time Finals MVP, 5-time NBA champion.
Duncan's career embodies greatness
Tim Duncan will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2020. Tom Rinaldi describes why Duncan's career embodies greatness.
Stats: 17.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.4 BPG in 21 seasons.
Accolades: 15-time All-Star, 9-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defensive, 2003 MVP, 2004 NBA MVP, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, 2008 NBA champion.
Kevin Garnett's HOF career as told by Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce narrates some of the marquee moments of Kevin Garnett's illustrious and passionate career in anticipation of his enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Stats: Nearly 600 wins in 19+ seasons as Baylor head coach, 18 NCAA tournament appearances, three NCAA championships
Accolades: 2-time AP College Basketball Coach of the Year, inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (as a player) in 2000
Kim Mulkey feels 'blessed,' reflects on HOF career
Baylor basketball coach Kim Mulkey looks back at her career after finding out she will inducted as part of this year's Basketball Hall of Fame class.
Stats: More than 1,000 wins in 42+ seasons as head coach, 30 Division II NCAA tournament appearances, 2016 Division II champion
Accolades: 5-time WBCA National Division II Coach of the Year, inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006
Stats: 806-326 as Division I head coach, 26 NCAA tournament appearances.
Accolades: 2-time AP College Coach of the Year, enshrined in College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Stats: 527-413 in 13 seasons as head coach; 51-39 in postseason.
Accolades: 2-time NBA champion with Houston Rockets, 1997 All-Star Game coach.
Tomjanovich high-fives dogs after HOF announcement
Rudy Tomjanovich details his jubilant reaction to being elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame and high-fives his dogs in celebration.
Elected posthumously by International Committee
Swiss basketball player, coach and executive; served as Secretary General of FIBA for 15 years
Magic Johnson's congratulatory message to Kobe, 2020 HOF class
Magic Johnson pays tribute to his "Laker brother" Kobe Bryant and congratulates the rest of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class.
2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Award Winners
Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Tim Nugent
• Founder of National Wheelchair Basketball Association
• Served as commissioner for first 25 years
2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award (Print)
• 30-year Washington Post Columnist
• Covered every NBA Finals since 1987
2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award (Electronic)
• 28-year NBA broadcaster
• Lead voice for ESPN, ABC NBA broadcasts
2020 Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award
Inside the NBA on TNT
• Winner of 9 Emmy awards
• Show spans more than 30 years of NBA coverage
2020 Curt Gowdy Insight Media Award
• 40+ years of broadcasting experience
• Winner of 11 Emmy Awards
Recent Hall of Fame classes
2019: Al Attles, Carl Braun, Charles "Chuck" Cooper, Vlade Divac, Bill Fitch, Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Tennessee A&I teams of 1957-59, Wayland Baptist University teams of 1984-82, Teresa Weatherspoon, Paul Westphal
2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Tina Thompson, Dino Radja, Charlie Scott, Ora Mae Washington, Rod Thorn, Rick Welts, Katie Smith
2017: Robert Hughes, Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Rebecca Lobo, Muffet McGraw, Mannie Jackson, Tom Jernstedt, Jerry Krause, Zack Clayton, Nick Galis, George McGinnis
2016: Zelmo Beaty, Darell Garretson, Allen Iverson, Tom Izzo, John McClendon, Yao Ming, Shaquille O'Neal, Cumberland Posey, Jerry Reinsdorf, Sheryl Swoopes