The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has finally announced its Class of 2013 inductees, a crop of talent that features a number of great players, coaches and contributors to the game from all over the world. These men and women have been recognized for their achievements and will be enshrined by the Springfield, Mass.,-based organization, one of the highest honors attainable in basketball. Let’s take a look at some of the big-name stars that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. *HOF Inductees announced via NBATV. Notable Inductees Gary Payton As soon as the man known as “The Glove” was eligible to be elected to the Hall of Fame, he should have been considered a lock. The nine-time All-Star and nine-time All-Defensive First Team selection was one of the only point guards in NBA history to win the Defensive Player of the Year award, a feat he accomplished during the 1996 season. During his 17-year career, Payton racked up 21,813 points, 8,966 assists, 2,445 steals—most with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1990 to 2003—and even earned a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 before retiring at the end of the 2006-07 campaign. This superstar was one of the best defenders the game has ever seen, while being a fiery competitor and relentless trash-talker that racked up an impressive number of technical fouls over the course of his career.
Basketball Hall of Fame 2013: Complete List of Inductees to Naismith Memorial
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