With NBA All-Star weekend on the horizon the wait for the list of finalists for the NBA Hall of Fame Class of 2013 is now over. Twelve finalists have been selected, with six of them being first time finalists (Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Sylvia Hatchell, Dawn Staley & Tom Heinsohn as a Coach). Click here to see all twelve finalists.
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And here to see Hardaway.
We might not make her jersey, but we have to give a little shout out for the Philly girl, Dawn Staley.
As we ramp up to Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft, Mitchell & Ness is going to look back at some past draft days. We will be breaking down the picks, the players, and of course... the fashion. Let's keep going in the series with 1989.
Best Player- Tim Hardaway (14th overall, Golden State Warriors) Former Michigan legend Glen Rice makes a strong push for the title, and does have an NBA Champion ring, but Hardaway takes the crown. The UTEP product made five All Star Teams, an All NBA-Team and three All NBA-Teams. A part of the legendary Run-TMC trio and a key player for the Heat teams of the late 90's, this gunner prevails.
Biggest Bust- Randy White (8th overall, Dallas Mavericks) This Louisiana Tech product was nicknamed "The Mailkid", predicted to follow in Karl Malone's footsteps. But White was only able to stick five years in the league, averaging just 7.4 ppg. White was able to achieve a solid overseas career, but was never able to match his predicted heights in the NBA.
Style MVP- Vlade Divac (26th overall, Los Angeles Lakers) The future Lakers and Kings star was just a kid out of Prijepolje, Serbia when he was drafted in 1989. And in Yugoslavia, style was clearly 30 years behind with this Grandpa get-up. Got to love the plaid blazer and high wasted pants.