Report: Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki elected to Hall of Fame

Field Level Media

March 29, 2023 at 2:22 am.

Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki are among the six people who will make up the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023, ESPN reported Tuesday night.

Wade and Nowitzki will be joined by international legends Paul Gasol and Tony Parker, longtime Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon, per the report.

An official announcement regarding the Class of 2023 will be made Saturday in Houston at the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.

Wade, 41, played 16 NBA seasons, spending parts of 15 with the Miami Heat. He was a 13-time All-Star and helped Miami win three titles, being named Finals MVP in 2006. Wade also played for the Chicago Bulls in 2016-17 and was briefly with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2017-18 season before being traded back to the Heat in February 2018.

In 21 seasons — all with the Dallas Mavericks — Nowitzki, 44, amassed 31,560 points to rank sixth on the all-time scoring list. He was a 14-time All-Star and was named league MVP following the 2006-07 season. Nowitzki led Dallas to a championship in 2011, being named Finals MVP when his Mavericks took down Wade’s Heat in six games.

Gasol, a 42-year-old from Spain, and Parker, a 40-year-old from France, were both instrumental in building their respective teams into dynasties. Parker was a four-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs, while Gasol helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a pair of titles. Gasol had his No. 16 jersey retired by the Lakers earlier this month.

Popovich, 74, is in his 27th season as the Spurs’ head coach and has led San Antonio to five NBA championships. He holds a 1,363-757 regular-season record, good for a .643 winning percentage. Popovich also has the third-most playoff wins by a coach with 170, one behind Pat Riley.

Hammon, 46, played 16 WNBA seasons with the New York Liberty (1999-2006) and San Antonio Stars (2007-14). Following her playing career, Hammon served as an assistant coach for the Spurs under Popovich from 2014-22 and is now the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces, whom she led to a WNBA title in 2022.

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