Bobby Jones, Moncrief, Westphal, Divac selected to basketball Hall of Fame

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

Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief highlight 2019 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class

A Milwaukee Bucks legend is among the newest class of players to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

The five enshrined as direct elects are Al Attles, Charles "Chuck" Cooper, Vlade Divac, Carl Braun and Wayland Baptist Flying Queens.

Together, the five earned 16 All-Star berths and 10 All-NBA selections.

A formal announcement will come Saturday at the site of the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis.

Among some of the finalists to miss out on induction this year are Chris Webber and Ben Wallace.


The Class of 2019 will be officially enshrined on September 6 in Springfield, Mass. Fitch, 86, worked as a head coach for 25 years and won twice the NBA Coach of the Year Award (1976 and 1980).

Chuck Cooper, the first African-American drafted in National Basketball Association history, was selected by the special direct-elect Early African-American Pioneers Committee, and Golden State Warriors patriarch and former coach and guard Al Attles will be announced as an inductee as a contributor, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated.

"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. He led the Boston Celtics to a title in 1981 and still holds the highest winning percentage of any coach in Celtics history (.738).

Jones is an eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member (1977-84) and NBA Champion with the Philadelphia 76ers (1983). Jones started his career in Denver when the Nuggets were in the ABA and he made the ABA All-Star team, All-Rookie Team, and two times was on the league's All-Defensive Team.

Being inducted as a player, Westphal was also a head coach in the league, beginning with the Suns during one of the franchise's greatest runs. He also played 26 playoff games in which he could get an average of 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists.


Joining Westphal is Sidney Moncrief, a five-time All-Star and five time All-NBA guard with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Paul Westphal, also five-time NBA All-Star, received Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor and had his No.44 jersey retired by the Phoenix Suns. 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.

Usually, the closer to the end of a player's career the better their chances are to make the Hall of Fame, as their play is still fresh in people's minds.

The 82-year-old Attles, the Golden State Warriors patriarch and a former coach and guard, was chosen as a contributor. Cooper died in 1984 at age 57.

After he was officially selected, Jones told NBATV what he remembered about that 1983 Sixers team.


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