Legends of the Pistons, Michigan college stars among the nominees for 2,021 in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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

Players and coaches with ties to Michigan are spread across the official list of basketball’s biggest homage, released this week on ESPN’s “The Jump” program.

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

The entire Class of 2021, including those selected by the direct elected committees, will be revealed during the NCAA Four Finals scheduled for early April.

The Class 2021 completion ceremony is scheduled to take place in Springfield, Massachusetts, in September 2021.

Some candidates with ties to Michigan include:

  • Chauncey Billups (Mr. Big Shot) – Former Detroit Pistons PG, 2004 NBA Champion, 2004 NBA Finals MVP, 5 times All-Star
  • Swin Cash – Former Detroit Shock striker, 3 times WNBA champion, 4 times WNBA All-Star
  • Steve Fisher – Former Michigan coach, 1989 NCAA champion, 495 career wins
  • Richard “Rip” Hamilton – Former Detroit Pistons SG, 2004 NBA champion, 3 times NBA All-Star
  • Tim Hardaway – Former Detroit Pistons assistant coach, 5 times NBA All-Star
  • Ben Wallace – Former Detroit Pistons center, 2004 NBA champion, 4-time defensive NBA player of the year, 4-time NBA All-Star
  • Chris Webber – Detroit native, former Michigan great basketball, All-American first team, 5 times NBA All-Star

The full list of nominees can be seen here.