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Duncan, Garnett will join Kobe in Basketball Hall of Fame

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Noah Ferguson | 04 April, 2020, 11:08

Garnett and Bryant, along with Spurs legend Tim Duncan, will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 induction class, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Friday.

This is the first year Bryant, Duncan and Garnett are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, as they are each four seasons removed from retiring.

Originally the No. 13 pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, a 17-year-old Bryant was eventually traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divac.

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Raul Neto #25 of the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in 2016 in Los Angeles California. Image Getty
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Raul Neto #25 of the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in 2016 in Los Angeles California. Image Getty

There's no simple summation of who Bryant was, but the accolades paint a glowing picture of why he is entering the Hall of Fame. He was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA selection, five-time champion and one-time MVP. He is fourth on the league's all-time scoring list and won scoring titles in 2006 and 2007. He was also an 18-time All-Star and averaged 25 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists for his career, which began when he leaped directly from high school to the National Basketball Association.

Duncan was a five-time National Basketball Association champion during 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, including two Finals MVPs.

Duncan retired with career averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He coached Houston to a pair of championships in the mid-1990s and had an impressive career as a Rockets player prior to his coaching days, earning five NBA All-Star nods in his 11-year career. He won the Defensive Player of the Year in his first season with the Celtics in the 2007-08 season and was named the NBA MVP for the 2003-04 season.

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