The Pro Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed its new class Thursday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. The class featured Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin, Arvydas Sabonis, Tom Sanders, Artis Gilmore, Reece Tatum, Teresa Edwards, Tara VanDerveer, Herb Magee and Tex Winter.
Dennis Rodman – Goes down as one of the best rebounders in NBA history. He played 14 seasons for the Pistons, Spurs, Bulls, Lakers and Mavericks, where he averaged 13 rebounds a game. Rodman was also a two-time all-star and NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Chris Mullin – Was an all-american at St Johns under the great Lou Carnesecca and won the John Wooden Award for the best college player in 1985. Mullin was drafted by the Golden State Warriors as the 7th pick in the 1985 Draft and went on to play 16 seasons with the Warriors and Pacers. He was a five time all-star and a member of the legendary Dream Team.
Arvydas Sabonis – Originally drafted by Atlanta in 1985, he decided to continue to play over seas. He was then drafted by Portland in 1986 but did not actually play for them until 1995. Over 7 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds a game.
Artis Gilmore – Had the luxury of playing in both the ABA and NBA for 17 seasons. Won the 1971-72 ABA MVP and was a 11-time all-star between the two leagues.
Herb Magee – Known as one of the best college basketball coaches ever in the Philadelphia area. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1963 but had a short NBA Career. Coaching for Philadelphia University he has gone on to win 922 games, becoming the winningest coach in NCAA history.