Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021

After electing a star-studded Class of 2020 — led by NBA legends Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant — the Basketball Hall of Fame will officially enshrine two classes in 2021.

The full Class of 2020 was unveiled on April 4, 2020. The nine new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame will be enshrined May 14-16 at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut, after the original 2020 ceremony was delayed and relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Class of 2021 will be enshrined later this year. Finalists for this year’s class were unveiled on March 9, and the full class will be revealed May 16, as part of the Class of 2020 enshrinement weekend.

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Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021

Class of 2021 Finalists

North American Committee

  • Rick Adelman (coach)

  • Chris Bosh (player)

  • Michael Cooper (player)

  • Tim Hardaway (player)

  • Marques Johnson (player)

  • Paul Pierce (player)

  • Bill Russell (coach)*

  • Ben Wallace (player)

  • Chris Webber (player)

  • Jay Wright (coach)

*Russell was enshrined as a player in 1975.

Women’s Committee

Direct-Elect Categories

One nominee from each of these categories gets selected for enshrinement. The list of nominees is not narrowed down to finalists before the enshrinee is unveiled.


  • Val Ackerman

  • Marv Albert

  • Dick Baumgartner

  • Bill Bertka

  • Henry Bibby

  • Marty Blake

  • Vic Bubas

  • Doug Collins

  • Wayne Duke

  • Lou Dunbar

  • Bill Foster

  • Howard Garfinkel

  • Harry Glickman

  • Marty Glickman

  • Simon Gourdine

  • Curt Gowdy

  • Tim Grgurich

  • Del Harris

  • Greg Heineman

  • Robert Indiana

  • Johnny “Red” Kerr

  • Bill King

  • John Kline

  • Red Klotz

  • Tom Konchalski

  • Bobby Lewis

  • Herbert Livsey

  • Jack McCloskey

  • Jerry McHale

  • Johnny Most

  • Dennis Murphy

  • Joe O’Toole

  • Billy Packer

  • Jack Powers

  • Dee Rowe

  • Sam Schulman

  • Zelda Spoelstra

  • Jim Valvano

  • Donnie Walsh

  • Jerome Williams

Early African-American Pioneers

International Committee

  • Tal Brody

  • Jacky Chazalon

  • Alphonso Ford

  • Giuseppe Giergia

  • Dusan Ivkovic

  • Semen Khalipski

  • Vladimir Kondrashin

  • Toni Kukoc

  • Eduardo Lamas

  • Marcos Leite

  • Shimon Mizrahi

  • Aldo Ossola

  • Amaury Pasos

  • Dan Peterson

  • Manuel Sainz

  • Togo Soares

  • Ranko Zeravica

Veterans Committee

  • 1936 US Olympic Team (Team)

  • 1964 State Department Basketball Ambassadors (Team)

  • 1965 World University Games Team (Team)

  • Tom Blackburn (Coach)

  • Ron Boone (Player)

  • Sid Borgia (Referee)

  • Frank Brian (Player)

  • Joe Caldwell (Player)

  • Mack Calvin (Player)

  • Darel Carrier (Player)

  • Jack Coleman (Player)

  • Bob Dandridge (Player)

  • Charles Eckman (Referee)

  • Leroy Edwards (Player)

  • Leo Ferris (Contributor)

  • Clarence “Bevo” Francis (Player)

  • Buck Freeman (Coach)

  • Donnie Freeman (Player)

  • Hy Gotkin (Player)

  • Travis Grant (Player)

  • Bob Grody (Player)

  • Robert Harrison (Player)

  • Flo Harvey (Player)

  • Dick Hemric (Player)

  • Cam Henderson (Coach)

  • Robert Hopkins (Player)

  • Lou Hudson (Player)

  • Warren Jabali (Player)

  • Jimmy Jones (Player)

  • Charles Keinath (Player)

  • Kentucky Wesleyan 1966, 1968, 1969 (Team)

  • Freddie Lewis (Player)

  • Jim Loscutoff (Player)

  • Loyola of Chicago (Team)

  • Billy Markward (Contributor)

  • Ed McCluskey (Coach)

  • Ray Mears (Coach)

  • Francis Meehan (Player)

  • Lucias Mitchell (Coach)

  • Donald “Dudey” Moore (Coach)

  • Willie Naulls (Player)

  • North Catholic HS JV (Philadelphia, PA) (Team)

  • Philadelphia SPHAS (Team)

  • Mel Riebe (Player)

  • Glenn Roberts (Player)

  • Holcombe Rucker (Contributor)

  • Kenny Sailors (Player)

  • Fred Schaus (Contributor)

  • Sam Schulman (Contributor)

  • Kenny Sears (Player)

  • Frank Selvy (Player)

  • George Senesky (Player)

  • Paul Seymour (Player)

  • Charles Siler (Contributor)

  • Talvin Skinner (Player)

  • Elmore Smith (Player)

  • Ken Suesens (Player)

  • Dick Van Arsdale (Player)

  • Tom Van Arsdale (Player)

  • Perry Wallace (Player)

  • Frank Walsh (Contributor)

  • Willie Wise (Player)

  • Max Zaslofsky (Player)

Women Veterans Committee

  • Alline Banks Sprouse (Player)

  • Edmonton Commercial Grads (Team)

  • John Head (Coach)

  • Pearl Moore (Player)

  • Nashville Business College (Team)

  • Lometa Odom (Player)

  • Harley Redin (Coach)

  • Theresa Shank (Player)

  • Hazel Walker (Player)

Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021

Meet the Class of 2020

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

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.



Take a look back at the 20-year career and lasting legacy of Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings

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

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

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.



Tim Duncan will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. Tom Rinaldi describes why Duncan’s career embodies greatness.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

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.



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.

Kim Mulkey

Kim Mulkey

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



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.

Barbara Stevens

Barbara Stevens

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

Eddie Sutton

Eddie Sutton

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.

Rudy Tomjanovich

Rudy Tomjanovich

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.



Rudy Tomjanovich details his jubilant reaction to being elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame and high-fives his dogs in celebration.

Patrick Baumann

Patrick Baumann

Elected posthumously by International Committee

Swiss basketball player, coach and executive; served as Secretary General of FIBA for 15 years



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)
Michael Wilbon

Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021
• 30-year Washington Post Columnist
• Covered every NBA Finals since 1987

2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award (Electronic)
Mike Breen

Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021
• 28-year NBA broadcaster
• Lead voice for ESPN, ABC NBA broadcasts

2020 Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award
Inside the NBA on TNT

Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021
• Winner of 9 Emmy awards
• Show spans more than 30 years of NBA coverage

2020 Curt Gowdy Insight Media Award
Jim Gray

Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021
• 40+ years of broadcasting experience
• Winner of 11 Emmy Awards

Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2020 and 2021

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

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