Sikma, Moncrief, Weatherspoon, Jones, Fitch among 2019 HOF class

Sikma, Moncrief, Weatherspoon, Jones, Fitch among 2019 HOF class

Here's a look at the new hall of fame members.

Moncrief was drafted fifth overall in the 1979 NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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.

Attles, 82, has been dealing with health issues this National Basketball Association season and will not be able to attend the Hall of Fame announcement on Saturday, a source said.

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 2019 class is also notable for players that did not make the cut. The Charlotte native was selected to an All-Defensive team (ABA and NBA) a total of 11 times. Five-time All-Star Chris Webber and four-time Defensive Player Ben Wallace failed to headline the 2019 class.


The class will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 6. Now 86, Fitch won the NBA's Coach of the Year award twice. 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.

"For the last five or six days when I found out I was going to be there, I was only hoping that he was going to be next me", Divac said. Fitch also captained the Boston Celtics to a championship in 1981 and he retired as the longest tenured coach in league history, appearing on the bench for more than 2,000 games. Represented from the Women's Committee is Teresa Weatherspoon. In Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals, often called "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Westphal made several critical plays to extend the game which was the first triple-overtime game in NBA Finals history.

The Suns won 62 games under Westphal in his first year, losing in the NBA Finals.

Westphal went on to coach the Suns, the Seattle SuperSonics and the Sacramento Kings, compiling a 318-279 regular-season mark and a 27-22 postseason record. 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.

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 a five-time NBA All-Star who won a title with the Boston Celtics in 1962.

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

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