Webber, Divac Nominated for 2017 Naismith Hall of Fame

The former Kings frontline leads a list of nominees for next year’s class.
by Benedict Tagle
Writer, Kings.com

Two Sacramento Kings legends are in consideration for one of the game’s highest honors. Chris Webber and Vlade Divac headline a long list of eligible candidates for the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame Class.

Announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame early Wednesday, the list includes many recognizable names. Among those alongside C-Webb and Divac are Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace and former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Over the course of his career, Webber, the former No. 1 pick of the 1993 Draft, averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Always known as a great passer for his size, the 6’10 big man also recorded 4.2 assists per contest throughout his career.

While he spent his playing days with five different teams, his longest and most successful stay was in Sacramento. As a member of the Kings, Webber averaged 23.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Webber’s name is also seen numerous times in the Capital City history books. He holds the Sacramento-era record for most rebounds in one game with 26. He is tied at the top for most steals in one outing with eight takeaways. He also shares the top spot for most blocks in a single contest with nine.

The Sacramento-era career leaderboard is also filled with Webber’s accomplishments. He is in the top five of points scored, steals and free-throws attempted. He is second in blocks, rebounding and field goals made as well.

While he was a King, Webber made four All-Star teams and played in three of the mid-season contests. His individual accomplishments also translated to team success for Sacramento. In his six full seasons with the Kings, the franchise made the Playoffs every year.

Divac, meanwhile, is one of seven players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists, and 1,500 blocks. The Kings general manager is eligible not only on the back of his strong NBA career, but also because of his worldly accomplishments. Reflected in his induction to the FIBA Hall of Fame, Divac had a strong international career, which included European accolades and championships.

No. 21 is one of two players born and trained in Europe to play in at least 1,000 NBA games. He is also one of four Europeans to have his number retired by an NBA team.

Finalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. The Class of 2017 will be revealed on Monday, Apr. 3 during NCAA Final Four Weekend.


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