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Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and Gregg Popovich headline the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023

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Being a professional athlete is something that most kids dream of doing. Statistics say that only three percent of high school basketball players will advance to the collegiate level and only one percent of those players make it pro. As of 2022, there had been 4,706 different players to make an appearance in the NBA. Of those players, only the greatest have made the Hall of Fame, and a new class was recently just announced. 

Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and Gregg Popovich headline the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023. Being inducted alongside those three legends are Paul Gasol, Tony Parker, and WNBA legend Becky Hammon. Sources say a formal announcement is set to happen this Saturday at the Men’s Final Four in Houston.

The NBA Hall of Fame class for 2023 is full of some of the league’s best players and coaches in the last 25 years

Topping the list of this year’s NBA Hall of Fame class is the three-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade. He played 15 of his 16 NBA seasons with the Heat and was a 13-time all-star in the process. Wade was also an Olympic gold medalist with Team USA in 2008. The 41-year-old had played with some of the game’s best players like Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron, James, Chris Bosh, and Alonzo Mourning.

Next up is Dirk Nowitzki who is one of the league’s first European superstars that proved overseas talent could be successful in the NBA. He’s a 2011 NBA champ and a 14-time all-star. Dirk was also the MVP of the league in 2006-07 and played all 21 years with the Dallas Mavericks. He’s currently sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been around the league for a long time and he’s one of the game’s most legendary coaches. He’s won five titles with the Spurs in his 27 years as head coach and made San Antonio one of the greatest small-market NBA franchises of all time. Popovich is the NBA’s all-time leader in wins as a head coach and has won COY three times.

Zach Wolpin is an NBA expert and has been betting on the league for over three years now. Wolpin has been a fan of the NBA and has been watching for a decade and a half. He covers the latest news and stories surrounding the league daily. His passion is life is watching sports and being able to share his passion for sports through his writing. He has written about the NBA and other sports leagues through various media outlets over the years. like,, and Before he became an NBA News Writer, Wolpin attended Montclair State University where he graduated in 2021. He studied Sports Media and Writing while in school.

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