For any athlete, there is no individual honor greater than becoming a member of the hall of fame for his or her individual sport. It is something different than winning an MVP, championship, or anything else. It does not represent a great season or one great team, rather it represents a career which deserves to be remembered for years to come.

Today, the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame class was unveiled. There are a number of deserving individuals who will be officially inducted in a ceremony later this year. The most significant of which is probably Tracy McGrady. He played for a number of teams throughout his career but will likely be remembered with the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. He also played for the Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and San Antonio Spurs.

Additionally, Kansas head coach Bill Self will be inducted and former Bulls front office executive Jerry Krause who played a prominent role with the Bulls’ 6 championships in the 90’s. Additionally, the most prominent woman who will be inducted this year is Rebecca Lobo, who played for the University of Connecticut Huskies and won a gold medal with Team USA.

Others who will be inducted include: Notre Dame women’s head coach Muffet McGraw, high school coach in Texas Robert Hughes, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, former Harlem Globertrottesrs Mannie Jackson and Zach Clayton, former European player Nikos Galis, and former American star George McGinnis.

What do you think? Are all these individuals deserving of being included in this year’s hall of fame class? Let HYPELINE News know what you think in the comments!

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.

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