Hall of Fame contenders revealed

Miami Heat Alonzo Mourning

The first five members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 have been announced, and nine individuals and one team were named as finalists for consideration for election in 2014.

The five Direct Elects include Bob “Slick” Leonard voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Nat Clifton from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Sarunas Marciulionis from the International Committee, Guy Rodgers from the Veterans Committee and former NBA commissioner David Stern from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.

These five new committees were established in 2011 to directly elect one nominee into the Naismith from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.

This year’s list of finalists includes six first-time finalists: three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 Naismith and NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, two-time NCAA championship coach Gary Williams and Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s.

Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, six-time AAU National Champion coach Harley Redin and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond.

The entire Class of 2014 will be announced on Monday, April 7.

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