For his impact on the NBA as one of the pioneering Eastern Europeans, Divac was announced Saturday as one of the 12 honorees in the 2019 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Chuck Cooper: Cooper became one of the first African-American NBA players in 1950, and was the first one to be drafted, when the Celtics chose him in the second round that year.
Moncrief was a five-time All-Defensive player himself, but he was much more well-rounded; he averaged 20 or more points four times with the Bucks. He compiled a 318-279 record over parts of 10 seasons, and led the Suns to an NBA Finals appearance against Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls during the 1992-93 season.
Westphal only missed four games over his first run with the Suns over the five seasons and would return to the Valley in the 1983-84 season for his final year in the league. "The Class of 2019 is brimming with those who have had a significant historical impact on the game we love".
Jones was best known for his defensive ability; he was selected to an All-Defensive team (ABA and NBA) 11 times in his 12 pro seasons.
The new members will be inducted into the hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 7.
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Westphal won the NBA's Comeback Player of the Year following the 1982-83 season with the New York Knicks.
"For the last five or six days, when I found out I was going to be there, I was only hoping that [Webber] was going to be next me, " Divac said.
First, Mark Berman from Fox 26 posted on Twitter that Bill Fitch, who led the Boston Celtics to win the 1987 NBA Championship, was picked for the Hall of Fame. Westphal was a five-time All-Star who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974.
Attles joined the Warriors franchise in 1960 when it was still based in Philadelphia. He was an NBA All-Star in 2001 and was named to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010. Prior to the Nuggets joining the NBA, Jones was named to the ABA All-Rookie Team (1975), ABA All-Defensive Team twice (1975, 1976) and ABA All-Star Team (1976).
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