Jason Kidd, Steve Nash among 2018 Hall of Fame candidates
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class today, and many great points guards were on the list.
Among them were Jason Kidd and Steve Nash, two of the most premier players at that position in possibly all of NBA history. Their accomplishments almost speak for themselves, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Kidd, who ranks third in NBA history with 107 triple-doubles, was a 10-time All-Star and won a championship with the 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks. Nash, one of 12 players to win two MVP awards, was an eight-time All-Star.
Kidd and Nash will most definitely get into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Kidd’s triple-double numbers make him practically a shoe-in, and Nash’s back-to-back MVPs are something not many players have done in NBA history.
Nash also changed the way the point guard position was played, thriving in Mike D’Antoni’s system with the Phoenix Suns. While Nash did not win a championship like Kidd did, it shouldn’t matter because Nash truly made a monumental impact on the game of basketball.
Another point guard who was named was Chauncey Billups, who won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He was on ESPN’s The Jump when the announcement was made, per MacMahon.
“I’m humbled and honored to be nominated,” Billups told ESPN’s The Jump. “… I played really hard my entire career and left it on the floor.”
It’s a great Hall of Fame class this year, and all these players should make it no problem.