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Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductees: Dirk, D-Wade, Popovich and more

The NBA enshrined its 2023 Hall of Fame Class this weekend, and it was a star-studded group that included some of the game's all-time greats.

Below is a full list of the 2023 inductees honored in Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday.

Dirk Nowitzki

Part of a trio of international standouts in this year’s class, the seven-foot Nowitzki was heavily impacted as a teenager in Germany by the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.

He played 21 seasons in the NBA, all with the Dallas Mavericks, and won one MVP (2007) and one NBA title (2011), where he was named Finals MVP.

Nowitzki was a 14-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA selection and currently sits sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 31,560 points. He was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.

Dwyane Wade

One of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history announced himself with a dynamic Final Four run with Marquette in 2003.

Dwyane Wade embarked on a 16-year NBA career, with 15 of those seasons played in Miami. He helped lead the Heat to three NBA championships, in 2006, where he was named Finals MVP, 2012 and 2013.

Wade was a 13-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA selection, Olympic gold medallist with the USA in 2008, and bronze medallist in 2004. He was also named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.

Tony Parker

Frenchman Tony Parker served as the San Antonio Spurs’ point guard on four NBA championships (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014). He was named NBA Finals MVP in 2007.

Parker, a six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection, played 17 of his 18 NBA seasons in San Antonio.

Pau Gasol

Spaniard Pau Gasol played 18 seasons in the NBA, most notably seven with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won back-to-back NBA titles in 2009-2010.

Gasol was a six-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection while winning the 2001/2002 NBA Rookie of the Year award. He also led Spain to two Olympic silver medals and one bronze.

Gregg Popovich

Gregg “Pop” Popovich is the NBA’s all-time winningest coach. He has a career 1,366-761 regular season record entering his 28th season as the San Antonio Spurs’ head coach this fall.

Popovich has led the Spurs to five NBA titles (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) and is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year. He is now also the head coach of the US Olympic men’s basketball team, leading them to the Gold Medal in the 2020 Tokyo games.

Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon, the six-time WNBA All-Star, split her 16-year career evenly between the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars (now Las Vegas Aces).

She was an Olympic bronze medallist in 2008 with Russia and was just the second female assistant coach in NBA history when she served on the San Antonio Spurs’ bench before becoming the head coach of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, where she became the first rookie coach to win the WNBA title in 2022.

Jim Valvano

Elected as a contributor, Jim Valvano played at Rutgers before an 18-year coaching career took him to Bucknell, Iona and N.C. State.

He took his teams to nine NCAA tournaments and won the NCAA title with the Wolfpack in 1983. He was also named the 1988/89 ACC Coach of the Year.

Gene Keady

Gene Keady coached 27 seasons, two years at Western Kentucky and 25 at Purdue, where he became a Boilermakers icon, leading the school to a 512-270 record, including 17 NCAA tournament appearances.

Keady was named Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times and the AP Coach of the Year in 1995/96.

Gary Blair

Gary Blair guided three NCAA women’s teams – Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas and Texas A&M - to a combined 862-363 record in 38 seasons, including eight conference championships, nine conference tournament titles, 26 NCAA tournament appearances, two Final Fours, and the 2011 NCAA national title with Texas A&M.

David Hixon

David Hixon led Division III Amherst College as head coach for 42 seasons, guiding the Mammoths to 8 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles, 20 NCAA tournament appearances, four Final Four appearances and two titles, in 2007 and 2013.

Along the way, he became just the third NCAA men’s Division III coach to surpass 800 victories.

Gene Bess

Gene Bess coached 50 years at Three Rivers College in Missouri, leading the team to a 1,300-416 record and two national titles, in 1979 and 1992.

1976 US Women’s Olympic Team

The 1976 US Women's side was the first women’s basketball team to compete in the Olympics and featured Nancy Lieberman, Ann Meyers, Luisa Harris and future Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Head (Summitt).

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