Becky Hammon, Swin Cash and Tamika Catchings highlight the star-studded 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame nominee list recently announced this week.
News of the nominees was first presented on ESPN's The Jump.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Eligible Candidates for the Class of 2020. #20HoopClass
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) December 19, 2019
Tamika Catchings is a ten-time WNBA All-Star and former MVP. She lead the Indiana Fever to a championship in 2012 and was named a five-time Defensive Player of the Year in the league. After being selected third overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Catchings went on to win Rookie of the Year. The four-time Olympic gold medalist also had her number 24 retired by the Fever following her career.
Swin Cash is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-time WNBA champion and four-time All-Star. She was drafted second overall in the 2002 WNBA draft by the Detroit Shock.
This is the first time Catchings and Cash have been nominated for the prestigious award. Hammon has been nominated once before. Other names included on the 2020 women's nomination list include Jennifer Azzi, Leta Andrews, Susie McConnell, Debbie Miller-Palmore, Kim Mulkey, Marianne Stanley, Barbara Stevens, Valerie Still and Marian Washington.
Other notable names on the men's side include NBA champion Kobe Bryant, former MVP's in Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan to go along with Chris Bosh.
Finalists for the class are scheduled to be announced during the NBA's All-Star Weekend festivities in Chicago this February 14th. The final class of inductees will be announced during the NCAA men's Final Four in Atlanta this April.
The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend will take place on Friday, August 28th through Sunday, August 30, 2020, in Springfield, Massachusetts.