Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady and five-time All-NBA forward Chris Webber headline the list of prospective inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
The Hall of Fame announced the full list of eligible inductees Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to McGrady and Webber, the docket also includes legendary college coaches Bill Self, Gene Keady and Lefty Driesell.
Below are this year’s Hall of Fame candidates:
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols tweeted she got to personally break the good news to McGrady:
Getting to tell Tracy McGrady on #TheJump he'd been nominated for the Hall of Fame (and seeing his reaction) was amazing. We'll post it soon
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) December 21, 2016
The careers of McGrady and Webber mirrored one another to a certain extent. During the site’s ranking of the top 100 players in NBA history, ESPN.com listed McGrady No. 63 and Webber No. 66.
Neither McGrady nor Webber captured an NBA title, and injuries curtailed their longevity on the court.
McGrady, who averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game, was out of the league at age 33.
At his best, McGrady was one of the NBA’s top players, and that may be enough to get him into the Hall.
In September, NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper argued a lack of star power could benefit Webber, Kevin Johnson and Tim Hardaway, all of whom have come up short in recent years.
Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy would like to see Hardaway in the Hall of Fame, per the Detroit News‘ Rob Beard:
#Pistons SVG says assistant coach Tim Hardaway deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Make it happen.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) December 21, 2016
The Athletic’s Sean Highkin argued that should be enough to get the former Detroit Pistons star enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts:
Ben Wallace should get in too. Winning DPOY four times is crazy.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) December 21, 2016
Wallace is 13th in NBA history in blocks (2,137), according to Basketball-Reference.com, and he averaged the most rebounds in the league (12.9) between 2000 and 2006, a period during which he made four All-Star teams and was a five-timer on the All-Defensive first team.
According to ESPN.com, the finalists for the 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 18, and the induction process will begin Sept. 7.