Former Cavs Great Inducted Into Basketball Hall of Fame

Sikma, Divac, Moncrief headline Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019

It was his first time being a finalist for the honor.

NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The honorees were announced Saturday in Minneapolis before the Final Four. In addition to being a five-time All-Star, Moncrief was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team four years (1983-86) and second team in 1982 while earning NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors two seasons (1982-83 and 1983-84).

Also selected this year were seven-time All-Star Jack Sikma, Bill Fitch, Bobby Jones, Al Artles, Paul Westfall, Charles Cooper and Karl Braun.

"The globally celebrated game of basketball would not be what it is today without the any remarkable men and women who have broken barriers and paved the way for future generations", John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said. He was an NBA All-Star in 2001 and was named to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010. Westphal was a five-time All-Star who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974.




Moncrief was drafted fifth overall in the 1979 NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Moncrief played 10 of his 11 National Basketball Association seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals.

The Suns won 62 games under Westphal in his first year, losing in the NBA Finals. He also played 26 playoff games in which he could get an average of 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Following his retirement in 1984, Westphal coached the Suns, the Seattle SuperSonics and the Sacramento Kings, accruing a 318-279 regular-season record. He was a member of the 76ers' championship squad in 1983. He was a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960 and played his first two seasons for the Warriors in Philadelphia before they moved to the San Francisco area. The two-time NBA Coach of the Year took on massive rebuilding projects in all five of his NBA stops, which explains his 1,106 losses and.460 career win percentage.

Milwaukee Bucks Co-Owner Marc Lasry and the Business of Winning: Bucks co-majority owner Marc Lasry was a guest on The Full 48, hosted by Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, to talk about the superstar ascension of Antetokounmpo, the Bucks' season, head coach Mike Budenholzer and much more. The Tennessee A&I men's teams from 1957-59 that became the first collegiate team to win three straight championships and the Wayland Baptist University women's team that won 131 games in a row from 1953-58 and 10 Amateur Athletic Union national championships overall will also be enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 6. The program, which was the first four-year college to provide full scholarships for 13 female players, also won 19 titles - 10 AAU and nine WNIT.

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