The Basketball Hall of Fame announces the class of 2018

Former Detroit Pistons forward Grand Hill will be part of the 2018 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Joining the trio is Maurice Cheeks, former 76ers guard and current Thunder assistant. He scored 17,529 points, grabbed 8,725 boards and totaled 12,091 assists across that time.

Kidd, who was sacked as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach this season, played for the Suns from 1996-2001 and averaged 14.4 points, 9.7 assists and 6.4 rebounds over five years in the Valley.

They, among any other inductees, will be officially announced this weekend during NCAA Final Four programming.

Kidd and Nash rank second and third in career assists.


Kidd was the 1994-95 NBA Rookie of the Year, setting the stage for a 19-year career in which he made the All-NBA first team five times and All-Defensive first team four times. The seven-time All-Star played for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. Nash last played in 2014, while Kidd and Hill last played in 2013. The eight-time All-Star also averaged 14.3 points per game during an 18-year career with the Suns, Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Nash, a two-time MVP with Phoenix in 2005 and 2006, was a first-round pick by the Suns in 1996 and played for Phoenix from 1996-98, then again from 2004-12 after a run with the Dallas Mavericks. He was the all-time leader in steals at the time of his retirement in 1993.

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.

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.


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