The 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class was announced on Monday morning, with six new members joining the five who were already announced during All-Star Weekend. Let’s take a quick look at all 11 members.
Dikembe Mutombo – Mutombo is an eight-time NBA All-Star and four-time Defensive Player of the Year. He led the NBA in blocks for five consecutive seasons, and he’s well known for his finger wagging taunt after a blocked shot.
Jo Jo White – White is a seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion. He won 1976 NBA Finals MVP as a member of the Boston Celtics, and he also won a gold medal with the United States Olympic team in 1968.
Spencer Haywood – Haywood was teammates with White on the 1968 gold-medal team and was the team’s leading scorer. Haywood played in both the ABA and NBA, and he’s a four-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team member. He won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980.
Lisa Leslie – Leslie is one of the best players in WNBA history, going to eight All-Star Games and winning three MVP awards. She won two WNBA titles and four gold medals, and she’s the first player to dunk in WNBA history.
John Calipari – Calipari, the current head coach at Kentucky, is a three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year winner, as he just won the award for this year. He also won at UMass and Memphis. He won a national title at Kentucky in 2012 and has been to six Final Fours, although two of those appearances were vacated.
Dick Bavetta – Bavetta was an NBA official for 39 years before retiring after the 2013-14 season. He never missed a game and has the record for most consecutive games officiated with 2,635.
Tom Heinsohn – Heinsohn was elected as a player in 1986, but now he goes in as a coach, joining Bill Sharman, John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens as the only people to get elected as both a player and coach. Heinsohn coached the Celtics to two NBA titles and was NBA Coach of the Year in 1973.
Louis Dampier – Dampier played in the ABA for all nine years of its existence, going to the ABA All-Star Game seven times and winning one title. He played with the San Antonio Spurs after the ABA/NBA merger.
George Raveling – Raveling broke racial barriers by becoming the first black head coach in the ACC and Pac-8, which is now the Pac-12. He’s currently the Director of International Basketball for Nike.
John Isaacs – The late Isaacs played professionally in the 1930s and 40s and helped pioneer the motion offense.
Lindsay Gaze – Gaze has represented Australia in seven Olympics as both a player and coach. He’s a member of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame and FIBA Hall of Fame.