Sikma, Moncrief, Weatherspoon, Jones, Fitch among 2019 Hall of Fame class

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has enshrined 12 new honorees to its ranks as part of the 2019 induction class. The following year, the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him fifth overall, where he played for 10 years before spending his final season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Sidney Moncrief, former five-time-NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Bucks and Hawks.

The Class of 2019 was announced today in Minneapolis prior to the NCAA Men's Final Four.

That scout was Bob Hopkins, who played at Grambling and was the Seattle SuperSonics coach when the team drafted Sikma. Jones was a lock-down defender who was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight straight years, plus he was a four-time All-Star and in 1983 won the Sixth Man of the Year award. Chris Webber and Ben Wallace were not inducted after reaching the finalist stage, and Marques Johnson also did not reach the threshold necessary for inclusion this year.

The Class of 2019 will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on September 6.

Westphal was a five-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA first team in three seasons. Al Attles was directly elected from the Contributor Committee, Charles "Chuck" Cooper from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Vlade Divac from the International Committee, Carl Braun from the Veterans Committee and the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982 from the newly instated Women's Veterans Committee.

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"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. Weatherspoon was a five-time WNBA All-Star.

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.

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.

Joining Westphal is Sidney Moncrief, a five-time All-Star and five time All-NBA guard with the Milwaukee Bucks. Led by players such as Campy Russell and Bobby Smith, the Cavs won 49 games that season and claimed the Central Division title.

Attles played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors before coaching the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors for 14 seasons, including the franchise's title-winning 1974-75 campaign. He was the 1982-1983 NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award victor while posting 9.0 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. On February 5, 1984, Cooper died at the age of 57.

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

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