Basketball Hall of Fame Names Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh As Finalists

The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA

The 2021 Finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame class have been announced, and Bill Russell, Chris Bosh, and Paul Pierce headline the list of 14 finalists.

Russell has already been enshrined as a player, but this time he is going in as a coach.

The five-time regular season MVP is best known for winning 11 titles with the Boston Celtics as a player; however, in 1966, he became the NBA’s first African-American head coach and led the Celtics to two more titles over a three-year span.

He also coached the Seattle Supersonics and Sacramento Kings, earning a 340-291 record in eight seasons.

This is Chris Bosh’s second year on the ballot for the Basketball Hall-of-Fame.

Last year he missed the cut due to a loaded class, including the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett.

Bosh won two titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 with the famous “Big Three”  that included LeBron James and Dwayne Wade and helped popularize the “stretch 4” position.

Paul Pierce is on his first year of eligibility.

The famed Celtics’ captain retired as Boston’s second all-time leading scorer behind fellow Hall-of-Famer John Havlicek.

“The Truth” led the C’s to the title in 2008 alongside Garnett and Ray Allen that saw the end of a 22-year title drought.

Pierce won his only title and Finals MVP en route to defeating Kobe Bryant and the rival Los Angeles Lakers.

Pierce and Bosh were named as finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame alongside former NBA players Michael Cooper, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway, and Marques Johnson.

Also included on that list are former WNBA players Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Johnson, former NBA head coach Rick Adelman, WNBA head coach Marianne Stanley, Villanova head coach Jay Wright and the all-time winningest coach in high school basketball, Leta Andrews.