Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, and Grant Hill have been notified of their election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's, Adrian Wojnarowski.
The following players have been informed that they will be inducted into the Hall of Fame: Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Maurice Cheeks, and Grant Hill. That list includes two legendary point guards, arguably one of the NBA's most under-appreciated players ever, and a giant what if in the world of basketball. In addition, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported that WNBA legend Tina Thompson will be inducted.
Kidd and Nash rank second and third, respectively, in career assists, behind Hall of Famer John Stockton. Kidd, who ranks third in NBA history with 107 triple-doubles, was a 10-time All-Star and won a championship with the 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks. Nash, one of 12 players to win two MVP awards, was an eight-time All-Star.
Most recently, Nash has been serving as a player development consultant for the Warriors. Golden State star Kevin Durant lauded Nash's work and nomination when asked about it Thursday.
"His basketball mind is probably the best I've been around," Durant said.
Kidd was named NBA Rookie of the year during the 1994-95 season to start off a 19-year career in which he spent time with the Mavericks, Suns, Nets, and Knicks. Kidd became second all-time with 2,684 steals and helped the Mavericks win an NBA title in 2011.
Hill also played in the league for 19 years but saw many injuries throughout his career. He was a two-time national champion and two-time All-American at Duke, and he made seven All-Star appearances in the NBA.
Joining the trio is Maurice Cheeks, former 76ers guard, and current Thunder assistant. He played 14 seasons in the NBA and was the starting point guard for the 1983 Philadelphia championship team. He was the all-time leader in steals at the time of his retirement in 1993.
As for Tina Thompson who is a four-time WNBA champion, nine-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is the WNBA's second all-time leading scorer and currently associate head coach of the Texas Longhorns.
In December, the Hall of Fame announced modifications that shortened the wait time for Hall eligibility. Players, coaches, and referees are eligible for induction following three years of retirement instead of five, creating a deep, talented class.
“There’s a lot of depth,” Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “This is a really good class from top to bottom.