The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced 14 finalists for the class of 2021 on Tuesday. Among the finalists are former Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber, former Sacramento Kings head coach Rick Adelman, and former Sacramento Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith.
Webber has been a finalist before, and has an incredible strong case for admission. The only reason he isn't already in the Hall is because the NCAA pretends the Fab 5 era didn't exist, doesn't count any of those stats as official, and the Hall of Fame is notoriously slanted toward college hoops. Webber was a five-time NBA All-Star, averaged 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game over 14 years. Webber ranks 98th all time in NBA history for points scored, ahead of Hall-of-Famers such as Grant Hill, Bob Cousy, Spencer Hayward, Tiny Archibald, Joe Dumars, and James Worthy.
Rick Adelman should be an open-and-shut case for induction, as he currently has the 9th most wins of any coach in NBA history. Adelman's teams won 58.2% of his 2,002 games coached, for a career total of 1042 wins.
Yolanda Griffith also seems like a no-brainer for induction. Griffith won the WNBA MVP award in 1999 with the Sacramento Monarchs, and also won Defensive Player of the Year that same season. Griffith was also named 2005 WNBA Finals MVP as she helped lead the Monarchs to a WNBA Championship. Additional accolades include being an 8-time All-Star, 2-time All-WNBA first team, 3-time All-WNBA second team, and is regularly recognized as one of the top WNBA players of all-time. She's also a two-time Gold Medal winner for the United States, winning in 2000 and 2004.
Also of note, Bill Russell was nominated to the Hall of Fame as a coach. Although that nomination has little to do with his ill-fated 58-game stint coaching the Sacramento Kings, it is another Sacramento tie to the Hall of Fame this year.
Best of luck to all the nominees, let's hope it can be a celebration of all things Sacramento.