Becky Hammon, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson among first-time Basketball Hall of Fame nominees

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Could we soon attach the mark of “Hall of Famer” by the names of Tina Thompson, Becky Hammon, Teresa Weatherspoon and Katie Smith?

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It is at least a possibility after the initial list of nominees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 were unveiled.

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The Women’s Committee nominees featured 16 names that included the aforementioned Hammon, Smith, and Thompson as first-time nominees as well as that of Teresa Weatherspoon.

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Also a notable on the Women’s Committee’s list is current Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, who was nominated as both a player and as a coach.

Leta Andrews (coach), Jennifer Azzi (player), Susie McConnell (player), Pearl Moore (player), Harley Redin (coach), Theresa Shank (player), Marianne Stanley (coach), Barbara Stevens (coach), Valerie Still (player), and the girls basketball team at Wayland Baptist Church were also nominated by the Women’s Committee.

The overall list of nominees also includes the names Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups, Muggsy Bogues, Richard Hamilton, Grant Hill, Tim Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Rollie Massimino, Bo Ryan, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Ben Wallace, and Chris Webber.

The list of Basketball Hall of Famer finalists will be unveiled in February when the NBA hosts its All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The official Class of 2018 will be announced in late March when the NCAA Men’s Final Four emanates from the Alamodome in San Antonio. The ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 6-8 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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By: Akiem Bailum (@AkiemBailum on Twitter, Instagram)

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