Former Cavs Great Inducted Into Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Cavs Great Inducted Into Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Cavs Great Inducted Into Basketball Hall of Fame

Jones joins players Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving and Moses Malone plus coach Billy Cunningham as member of the 1983 Sixers team now in the Hall of Fame.

Sidney Moncrief, who played 10 of his 11 years with the Bucks, is one the high-profile inductees in the class.

Moncrief is a five-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

In three of those five seasons, Westphal made First Team All-NBA and was also Second Team All-NBA for the 1977-78 season.

The honorees were announced Saturday in Minneapolis before the Final Four.

Also included in the class of 2019 is Jack Sikma. Wallace was a first-time finalist this year.

Among those nominated and not inducted in 2019 are former MI and National Basketball Association great Chris Webber, former Detroit Pistons big man Ben Wallace and Bucks forward Marques Johnson.

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

"He's a player who's totally selfless, who runs like a deer, jumps like a gazelle, plays with his head and heart each night, and then walks away from the court as if nothing happened", said Julius "Dr.J" Erving. 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.

Westphal, 68, was a five-time NBA All-Star and four-time All-NBA player as a guard, mostly with the Phoenix Suns.

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. The five-time NBA All Star was a part of the Celtics' 1973-74 championship roster. Sidney Moncrief us a five-time-NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 22.5 points and 5.6 assists in his first five seasons in Phoenix.

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.

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. Cooper died in 1984 at age 57. In 695 games with Milwaukee, Moncrief averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. He was a member of the 76ers' championship squad in 1983.

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