Report: Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd to be inducted into Hall of Fame
Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash have been notified that each will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The announcement will formally take place during the Final Four weekend.
Kidd and Nash have been known as some of the best passers of the ’90s and early 2000s, both leading the league in assists five times and dominating the passing game for the better part of an entire decade.
Nash played 18 years in the league and averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game through his career. Kidd posted 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, and 6.3 rebounds throughout his 19-year NBA career.
The duo brought seven assists titles to the Phoenix Suns organization despite never crossing paths and took the assist crown in 10 years out of a 13-year span from 1998 to 2011.
Hill was heralded as the next coming to Michael Jordan, and the basketball phenom who would have preceded LeBron James before his arrival in the league in 2003. 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.
Despite a career marred by injuries, Hill averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game through 18 years in the league.
Cheeks played 14 seasons in the league and established himself as one of the best passing point guards during his time with the Sixers, as well as a savvy defensive hawk with career averages of 11 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.1 steals.
He’s held the title of head coach for the Sixers, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Detroit Pistons, while currently coaching under Billy Donovan for the fourth-seeded Thunder.