Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett headline Hall of Fame finalists

  • Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett headline Hall of Fame finalists

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett headline Hall of Fame finalists

As part of the annual tradition of NBA All-Star Weekend, in which the game is celebrated throughout the weekend, the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of finalists, of which a select few will be inducted into the hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, later this year.

Other finalists are Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Rudy Tomjanovich, Barbara Stevens and Eddie Sutton.

"We congratulate our finalists and those who have supported them on their journeys and we look forward to revealing the Class of 2020 at the Final Four in Atlanta".

Among the first-time nominees who were selected as finalists were Bryant, Duncan, Garnett and Catchings. Other notable names on the list with Bryant, a five-time National Basketball Association champion and the fourth all-time leading scorer in league history, are former San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, a 15-time all-star who played primarily for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is ranked in the top 10 all-time in rebounds and blocks. Garnett also won Defensive Player of the Year that season and had a distinguished career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, winning the MVP award in 2003-04. The nine-time All-Defensive first-team selection won the 2008 title with the Celtics, led the league in rebounds for four consecutive seasons and won the league's MVP award in 2004 after leading the National Basketball Association in points, field goals made and rebounds.

Michael Wilbon, Mike Breen, Jim Gray, and the entire Inside The NBA crew (Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal) were honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award.

The inductees are expected to be announced on April 4.