Kidd, Nash, Hill, Allen top Basketball HOF class

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Posted at Apr 01 2018 08:41 AM

Kidd, Nash, Hill, Allen top Basketball HOF class 1
The 2018 NBA Hall of Fame Inductees on the court during halftime in the semifinals of the 2018 men's Final Four at Alamodome. Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Recently retired NBA stars Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash were selected to the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class revealed on Saturday.

Maurice Cheeks, a four-time NBA All-Star in the '80s, legendary college coach Lefty Driesell plus college/WNBA greats Katie Smith and Tina Thompson were also selected along with longtime NBA/ABA star Charlie Scott, European star for former Boston Celtic Dino Radja, executives Rick Welts and Rod Thorn, and Ora Mae Washington, who starred during segregated times in winning 11 consecutive Women's Colored Basketball World's Championship teams.

Hill and Kidd, both 45, have long been linked, having shared the Rookie of the Year Award in 1995 after they were taken Nos. 2 and 3 in the 1994 NBA Draft. Kidd also retired two days after Hill in June of 2013.

Kidd, who is second all-time in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684) to John Stockton, was a 10-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA First Team. He won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

Hill, a small forward who also excelled at passing, spent 19 years in the NBA and was an All-Star seven times. His career was derailed by ankle injuries after he signed with Orlando as a free agent in 2000 after six stellar seasons with the Detroit Pistons.

He also helped lead Duke to two titles in college. Hill is also part of the ownership group that bought the Atlanta Hawks in 2015.

Nash was a two-time league MVP with the Phoenix Suns, where he spent 10 of his 19 seasons in the NBA. He sits third on the all-time assists list (10,335) behind Kidd and Stockton and his career free-throw percentage (90.4) is an NBA record. He is currently a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors.

Allen, who retired in 2014 after 18 NBA seasons, is known as one of the NBA's best 3-point shooters ever. He holds the record both 3-pointers made (2,973) and attempted (7,429).

A 10-time All-Star, Allen won titles with the Celtics (2008) and Heat (2013). He was also the star of Spike Lee's 1998 film "He Got Game" alongside Denzel Washington.

Cheeks, now an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder, was a four-time All-Star at point guard who helped the Philadelphia 76ers win a title in 1983. He was the all-time leader in steals (2,310) and ranked fifth in assists (7,392) when he retired while earning four NBA All-Defensive Team nods.

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