Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Rebecca Lobo, and Jerry Krause Headline the 2017 NBA Hall of Fame ClassRead Now
Tracy McGrady- Tracy McGrady aka T-Mac was a proliferate scorer in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, and Houston Rockets. He played for other teams at the end of his career, but those were the teams he played for in his prime. From 2000 to 2008 McGrady was one of the best players in the NBA. He won two scoring titles in 2003 and 2004, he was a seven time all star, and averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game throughout his career. He never made it past the first round of the playoffs despite always putting up huge numbers in the postseason. In 2009 Rockets made it past the first round, however T-Mac wasn't playing due to injury, yet he was was on the roster technically, so it counts. Regardless, McGrady was a superstar in his generation and if it wasn't for injuries he might've had a longer and even more historic career. A Hall of Fame career is good enough for him I'm sure.
Bill Self- The current coach of the Kansas Jayhawks got in based purely off how dominate he's been in his tenure with Kansas. He's won 13 straight conference championships the most by any coach in NCAA history, pretty impressive for a guy that has only been at the school 15 years. He's made two final fours and he's won one against the undefeated Memphis Tigers coached by John Calipari. Bill Self has been amazing for Kansas, especially in their own building. Self has a 95% winning pct. in Allen Field House. Self is 416-87 with Kansas that's a 82% winning pct. extremely impressive for a head coach in a power 5 conference. Not many coaches get in while still active, however Self is so legendary and great that they had to put him in ASAP.
Rebecca Lobo- One of the pioneers of women's college basketball gets inducted this year into the Hall of Fame. Lobo was on the 1995 UConn women's basketball team that went undefeated and won the national title. It was the beginning of the 20 year reign of UConn basketball being the best their was. She started a legacy in college and the pros. Rebecca Lobo was apart of the first wave of WNBA superstars. Her, Sheryl Swopes, and Lisa Leslie were the faces of the WNBA in the inaugural season in 1997. Her career professionally didn't last long due to injury, however her legacy was already cemented in women's basketball history forever. Rebecca Lobo, a true pioneer in the sport of basketball.
Jerry Krause- Possibly the best GM to ever do it, Krause was the master behind putting the Bulls dynasty teams together. Krause took over as GM the year after Jordan was drafted, for years he couldn't quite figure how to win the whole thing with Jordan. He drafted Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant in the 1987 draft, two players that'd be keys to success in the future for the Bulls. Krause also hired Phil Jackson after Doug Collins couldn't get the job done, which paid off big time since he was the first one to give the greatest head coach ever a job. Krause went on to win 6 championships with the Bulls, developing the greatest team in the history of the game. The fact it took him this long to get in is a little puzzling, but I guess all that matters is that he got in.
Muffet McGraw- Head Coach of the Notre Dame women's team.
Mannie Jackson- Owner of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Tom Jernstedt- Credited for making the NCAA Division 1 Championship what it is today. He worked for the NCAA from 1972-2011
George McGinnis- ABA and NBA all-star that played 11 seasons.
Nick Galis- Seton Hall Legend
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