Pistons legends, Michigan college plays among 2021 nominees for the Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Michigan college stars, a WNBA champion and three-fifths of the Detroit Pistons’ 2004 title team are among the eligible candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.

Players and coaches with Michigan ribbons are scattered across the official list of basketball’s highest honor released this week on ESPN’s “The Jump.”

Following the Hall of Fame’s traditional timeline, finalists from the North American and Women’s Committees will be announced during the NBA All-Star Weekend scheduled for early March.

The entire class from 2021, including those selected by the Direct Committees, will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four scheduled for early April.

The Class of 2021 Enhrinement ceremony is scheduled to take place in Springfield, Mass., In September 2021.

Some candidates with Michigan ties include:

  • Chauncey Billups (Mr. Big Shot) – Former Detroit Pistons PG, 2004 NBA Champion, 2004 NBA Finals MVP, 5-time All-Star
  • Swin Cash – Former Detroit Shock Forward, 3-time WNBA Champion, 4-time WNBA All-Star
  • Steve Fisher Former Michigan coach, 1989 NCAA Champion, 495 career winner
  • Richard “Rip” Hamilton – Former Detroit Pistons SG, 2004 NBA Champion, 3-time NBA All-Star
  • Tim Hardaway – Former Detroit Pistons assistant coach, 5-time NBA All-Star
  • Ben Wallace – Former Detroit Pistons center, 2004 NBA Champion, 4-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 4-time NBA All-Star
  • Chris Webber – A native of Detroit, a former great basketball player in Michigan, First team All-American, 5-time NBA All-Star

The complete list of nominees can be seen here.