Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1969 NBA Finals. The award is decided by a panel of nine media members, the person with the highest votes wins the award. In at least one NBA Finals, fans balloting on NBA. com accounted for the tenth vote, the award was originally a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry OBrien Trophy, until a new trophy was introduced in 2005. Since its inception, the award has given to 30 different players. Michael Jordan is a record six-time award winner, magic Johnson, Shaquille ONeal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James won the award three times in their careers. Jordan and ONeal are the players to win the award in three consecutive seasons. Johnson is the only ever to win the award, as well as the youngest at 20 years old. Andre Iguodala is the winner to have not started every game in the series. Jerry West, the first ever awardee, is the person to win the award while being on the losing team in the NBA Finals.
Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Olajuwon and James have won the award in two consecutive seasons. Abdul-Jabbar and James are the players to win the award for two different teams. Olajuwon of Nigeria, who became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 1993, Tony Parker of France, cedric Maxwell is the only Finals MVP winner eligible for the Hall of Fame who has not been voted in. NBA Most Valuable Player Award NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award General Specific
William Theodore Bill Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. He went on to have a prominent career in the National Basketball Association where he was a league Most Valuable Player and his professional career was significantly hampered by multiple foot injuries. Walton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 10,1993, Walton was born in La Mesa, the son of Gloria Anne and William Theodore Ted Walton. His listed adult playing height was 6 feet 11 inches, it has reported that Walton is actually taller. He played high school basketball at Helix High School, at age 17, Walton played for the United States mens national basketball team at the 1970 FIBA World Championship. The Walton-led 1971–72 UCLA basketball team had a record of 30–0 and he was the backbone of two consecutive 30–0 seasons and was part of UCLAs NCAA mens basketball record 88-game winning streak. Walton was the 1973 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top athlete in the United States.
Some college basketball historians rate Walton as the greatest who ever played the game at the college level, in Waltons senior year during the 1973–74 season, the schools 88-game winning streak ended with a 71–70 loss to Notre Dame. During the same season, UCLAs record seven consecutive national titles was broken when North Carolina State defeated the Bruins 80–77 in double overtime in the NCAA semi-finals. With Waltons graduation in 1974 and legendary Bruin coach John Woodens retirement after UCLAs 1975 national title, prior to joining the varsity team, along with Greg Lee and Keith Wilkes, was a member of the 20–0 UCLA Freshman team. He signed with the Trail Blazers but his first two seasons were marred by injury and the Blazers missed the playoffs both years. It was not until the 1976–77 season that he was enough to play 65 games and, spurred by new head coach Jack Ramsay. Walton led the NBA in both rebounds per game and blocked shots per game season, and he was selected to the NBA All-Star Game.
Walton was named to the NBAs First All-Defensive Team and the All-NBA Second Team for his season accomplishments. Walton was named the Finals MVP and he nonetheless won the league MVP that season and the Sporting News NBA MVP, as well. He played in his only All-Star Game in 1978 and was named to both the NBAs First All-Defensive Team and the All-NBA First Team, Walton returned to action for the playoffs, but was reinjured in the second game of a series against the Seattle SuperSonics. Without Walton to lead them, Portland lost the series to Seattle in six games, as it turned out, Walton would never play for the Trail Blazers again. During the offseason, Walton demanded to be traded, citing unethical and incompetent treatment of his and he did not get his wish and sat out the 1978–79 season in protest, signing with the San Diego Clippers when he became a free agent in 1979
The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago. The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded on January 16,1966, the team plays its home games at the United Center, an arena shared with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The Bulls saw their greatest success during the 1990s and they are known for having one of the NBAs greatest dynasties, winning six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats. All six championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, the Bulls are the only NBA franchise to win multiple championships and never lose an NBA Finals series in their history. The Bulls won 72 games during the 1995–96 NBA season, setting an NBA record that stood until the Golden State Warriors won 73 games during the 2015–16 NBA season. The Bulls were the first team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a season.
Many experts and analysts consider the 1996 Bulls to be one of the greatest teams in NBA history, Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose have both won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award while playing for the Bulls, for a total of six MVP awards. The Bulls share rivalries with the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, the Bulls rivalry with the Pistons was highlighted heavily during the late 1980s and early 1990s. On January 16,1966 Chicago was granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls, the Chicago Bulls became the third NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags and the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs. The Bulls founder, Dick Klein, was the Bulls only owner to play professional basketball. He served as the Bulls president and general manager in their initial years, after the 1966 NBA Expansion Draft, the newly founded Chicago Bulls were allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league for the upcoming 1966–67 season. The team started in the 1966–67 NBA season, and posted the best record by a team in NBA history.
In their first two seasons, the Bulls played most of their games at the International Amphitheatre, before moving to Chicago Stadium. Fan interest was diminishing after four seasons, with one game in the 1967–68 NBA season having an attendance of 891. The Bulls under Williams and head coach Dick Motta qualified for four straight playoffs and had attendances grow to over 10,000, in 1972, the Bulls set a franchise win-loss record at 57 wins and 25 losses. During the 1970s, the Bulls relied on Jerry Sloan, forwards Bob Love and Chet Walker, point guard Norm Van Lier, the team made the conference finals in 1975 but lost to the Golden State Warriors,4 games to 3. After four 50-win seasons, Williams returned to Philadelphia, and Motta decided to become GM as well, the Bulls ended up declining, winning only 24 games in the 1975–1976 season
Gary Dwayne Payton is an American former professional basketball player. He started at the point guard position and he is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points and steals. He played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat and he was nicknamed The Glove for his excellent defensive ability. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8,2013, Payton is widely considered one of the best point guards of all time and is the only point guard that has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times and he was a nine-time NBA All-Star and a nine-time All-NBA Team member. Considered the NBAs reigning high scorer among point guards in his prime, Payton was born in Oakland, California. He played high school basketball at Skyline High School in Oakland, along with former NBA player Greg Foster, before attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, in his second year, his grades plummeted and he was declared academically ineligible.
His dad encouraged him to focus on school, and he was allowed to play again, throughout his four-year career at OSU, he became one of the most decorated basketball players in OSU history. During his senior year, Payton was featured on the March 5,1990 cover of Sports Illustrated magazine as the nations best college basketball player. He was a consensus All-American in 1990, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and he was the MVP of the Far West Classic tournament three times and was the Pac-10 Player of the Week nine times. He was named to the Pac-10s All-Decade Team, during his career at OSU, the Beavers made three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT appearance. He was elected into OSUs Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, Payton was the second overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, and spent his first 12½ seasons with the Sonics. Entering the league to star-studded expectations, Payton struggled during his first two seasons in the league, averaging 8.2 points per game during that span.
However, he proved himself to be one of the leagues top point guards, during the 1990s Payton. He earned his first of 9 consecutive All-NBA team selections when he was chosen to the All-NBA Third team in 1994. Payton would go on to make the All-NBA First-Team in 1998 and 2000, All-NBA Second Team in 1995,1996,1997,1999, and 2002, and All-NBA Third Team in 1994 and 2001. He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team a record nine consecutive seasons, and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1996 and he has been selected to the NBA All-Star Team nine times and was voted as a starter in 1997 and 1998. He was a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 and 2000 U. S. Mens Olympic Basketball Teams
Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA championships. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five championships from 2000 until 2010, in total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He won two championships as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973, and holds the NBA record for the most combined championships as a player and a head coach. Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winters triangle offense as well as an approach to coaching that is influenced by Eastern philosophy. Jackson cites Robert Pirsigs book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the guiding forces in his life. He applies Native American spiritual practices as documented in his book Sacred Hoops and he is the author of several candid books about his teams and his basketball strategies. Jackson is a recipient of the state of North Dakotas Roughrider Award, in 2007, Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 1996, as part of celebrations for the National Basketball Associations 50th anniversary and he retired from coaching in 2011 before joining the Knicks as an executive in March 2014. Jackson was born in Deer Lodge, both of his parents and Elisabeth Funk Jackson, were Assemblies of God ministers. Elisabeth came from a line of German Mennonites before her conversion to the Assemblies of God. In the churches that served, his father generally preached on Sunday mornings. Eventually, his became an ministerial supervisor. Phil, his two brothers, and his half-sister grew up in a area of Montana in an austere environment. Jackson did not see his first movie until he was a senior in high school, growing up, he assumed he would become a minister. Jackson attended high school in Williston, North Dakota, where he played varsity basketball and he played football, was a pitcher on the baseball team, and threw the discus in track and field competitions. The high school now has a complex named after him. His brother Chuck speculated years that the three Jackson sons threw themselves passionately into athletics because it was the time they were allowed to do what other children were doing.
Jackson attracted the attention of baseball scouts
He was nicknamed The Worm and was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities. Rodman played at the forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice and he led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA. com states that he is arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history, on April 1,2011, the Pistons retired Rodmans No.10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that year. Rodman experienced a childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years. After aborting a suicide attempt in 1993, he reinvented himself as a bad boy and he repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials. He famously wore a dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be.
Rodman pursued an affair with singer Madonna and was briefly married to actress Carmen Electra. Rodman attracted attention for his visits to North Korea. Apart from basketball, Rodman is a retired professional wrestler. He was a member of the nWo and fought alongside Hulk Hogan at two Bash at the Beach events, in professional wrestling, Rodman was the first ever winner of the Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament. He had his own TV show The Rodman World Tour, and had roles in the action films Double Team. Both films were critically panned, with the former earning Rodman a triple Razzie Award and he appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole. Rodman was born in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Shirley and Philander Rodman, Jr. an Air Force enlisted member, when he was young, his father left his family, eventually settling in the Philippines. Rodman has many brothers and sisters, according to his father, Rodman himself has stated that he is the oldest of a total of 47 children.
After his father left, Shirley took many odd jobs to support the family, in his 1997 biography Bad As I Wanna Be, he expresses his feelings for his father, I havent seen my father in more than 30 years, so whats there to miss. I just look at it like this, Some man brought me into this world and that doesnt mean I have a father. Rodman and his two sisters and Kim, grew up in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Rodman was so attached to his mother that he refused to move when she sent him to a nursery when he was four years old
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association played between the Western and Eastern champions of the Conference Finals. The first team to win four games in the game series is declared the league champion and is awarded the Larry OBrien Championship Trophy. Winners from 1946 to 1983 received the Walter A. Brown Trophy redesigned in 1977 to the current form, the NBA Finals has been played at the end of every NBA and Basketball Association of America season in history, the first being held in 1947. Most NBA Finals series were played under the 2–2–1–1–1 format prior to 1985, the series was named the BAA Finals from 1947 to 1949 and changed to the NBA World Championship Series from 1950 to 1982. The following two years, the league used Showdown 83 and Showdown 84 and it returned to NBA World Championship Series in 1985, before settling on NBA Finals in 1986. During the first decade the Minneapolis Lakers had the first NBA dynasty, the team featured George Mikan, one of the greatest players in NBA history.
The Boston Celtics went 11–1 in the NBA Finals during 13 seasons and they won eight straight NBA championships from 1959 through 1966. With the establishment of the Celtics dynasty in 1957, Bill Russell became the star of the league, Game 7 of the NBA Finals was decided on a Celtics basket in the final seconds of the second overtime. For most of the late 1950s and 1960s, the Celtics always seemed to have the hand on Wilt Chamberlains teams. The following season, he joined the Philadelphia 76ers, the former Syracuse Nationals team that had moved to cover the vacancy created with the departure of the Warriors, a clash between the two stars in the playoffs was in 1966 and Boston won it 4–1. Chamberlains coach told him to play a game, not an individual game. His new-found team spirit brought them to a new record of 68 wins the season, and they defeated the Celtics and advanced to, and won. In 1968, Boston overcame a 3–1 deficit against Philadelphia to once again arrive in the Finals and they went on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers for the sixth straight time,4 games to 2.
In 1969, the Celtics overcame even longer odds, Boston was an aging team and had injuries to a number of players. They barely qualified for the playoffs, finishing fourth in the East, the Lakers, who in the offseason added Chamberlain to join West and Elgin Baylor, won the West and were prohibitive favorites to finally win it all for the first time since relocating to L. A. They won the first two games at the Los Angeles Forum, when the series shifted to Boston Garden, the Celtics won Game 3 110–105. Game 4 was the point, as the Lakers led 87–86 and had the ball with 10 seconds to play. But after a turnover, Sam Jones put up a shot hit the front of the rim, the back heel, rolled around
In basketball, an official is a person who has the responsibility to enforce the rules and maintain the order of the game. The title of official applies to the scorers and timekeepers, officials are usually referred to as referees, generally there is one lead referee and one or two umpires, depending on whether there is a two- or three-person crew. In the NBA, the official is called the crew chief. In FIBA-sanctioned play, two-man crews consist of a referee and an umpire, both classes of officials have equal rights to control almost all aspects of the game. In most cases, the lead official performs the jump ball to begin the contest, though NFHS, in American high school and college basketball, the officials generally wear black and white striped shirts with black side panels, black pants and black shoes. Some state high school association allow officials to wear shirts with black pin strips instead of the black. NBA officials wear shirts with black slacks and black shoes. The NBA shirt is grey with black colored shoulders and sleeves, the WNBA referee shirt is similar to the NBA referee shirt, except that its shoulder and sleeve colors are orange and the WNBA logo takes the place of the NBA logo.
FIBA officials wear a grey and black official referee shirt, black trousers, black socks, officials in competitions organized by Euroleague Basketball —the Euroleague and Eurocup—wear an orange referee shirt. Officials in the Israel Basketball Association generally wear the Euroleagues orange uniform shirt, most officials slacks are currently belt-less, while most officials shirts are collar-less, V-neck shirts. All officials wear a whistle that is used to play as a result of a foul or a violation on the court. In all instances of officiating, hand signals are used to indicate the nature of the infraction or to administer the game, in higher levels of college and professional ball, all officials wear a timing device on the belt-line called PTS. The device is used by on court officials to start and stop the clock in a timely manner, rather than waiting for the scoreboard operator to do so. The officials must ensure that the game runs smoothly, and this encompasses a variety of different responsibilities, from calling the game to player and spectator management.
They carry a duty of care to the players they officiate and to ensure that the court and all equipment used is in a safe and usable condition. Should there be an issue that inhibits the safe playing of the game, quite often, the job of an official surpasses that of the game at hand, as they must overcome unforeseen situations that may or may not have an influence on the game. There are two methods for officiating a basketball game, either two-person or three-person mechanics depending on how many officials are available to work the game. In two-person mechanics, each official works either the lead or the trail position, the lead position is normally along the baseline of the court, with the trail position having its starting point at the free throw line extended on the left side of the court facing the basket
1996 NBA Playoffs
The 1996 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1995–96 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics 4 games to 2, michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP for a record fourth time. It was redemption for Jordan after his first return to the playoffs in 1995 and the Bulls disappointing second-round loss to Orlando, a team that would be swept in the NBA Finals. The SuperSonics were only the team in NBA history to win 64 games during the regular season. This was the Kings first playoff appearance since 1986, but would be Mitch Richmonds only one as a King, the Kings did not make it back until 1999, which began their seven-year string of playoff appearances. Richmond would be traded to the Wizards in 1998 and would win his first. As for the two-time defending NBA champion Houston Rockets, their quest for a 3-peat was thwarted by Seattle, the Sonics swept Houston 4-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Sonics were the last team to defeat the Rockets in the playoffs before their title run. After the Los Angeles Lakers first round loss to Houston, Magic Johnson retired for good after a brief in-season comeback, as for the Magic, it ended a three-year run of dominance for the team, as Shaquille ONeal joined the Lakers the following season. The Seattle SuperSonics clinched the best record in the Western Conference, Seattle SuperSonics This was the first playoff meeting between the Kings and the SuperSonics. Game 4 is Magic Johnsons final NBA game and this was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning two series apiece. *Required overtime This was the playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Trail Blazers winning two of the first three meetings. This was the playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Suns winning the first two meetings. *Required overtime This was the playoff meeting between these two teams, with the SuperSonics winning the first four meetings.
This was the playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Jazz winning the first meeting. The SuperSonics led the series 3-1 after an 88–86 victory at the Delta Center in Game 4, the Jazz shocked the Sonics in Seattle in Game 5 98-95 and would handily win Game 6 118-83, Seattles worst playoff loss in team history. Game 7 was an affair and the Sonics pulled away late to win 90-86. *Required overtime This was the playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series apiece
The Seattle SuperSonics, commonly known as the Sonics, were an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. The SuperSonics played in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Pacific. After the 2007–08 season ended, the relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sam Schulman owned the team from its 1967 inception until 1983 and it was owned by Barry Ackerley, and Basketball Club of Seattle, headed by Starbucks chairman, president and CEO Howard Schultz. The sale was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on October 24,2006, home games were played at KeyArena, originally known as Seattle Center Coliseum, for 33 of the franchises 41 seasons in Seattle. In 1978, the moved to the Kingdome, which was shared with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. They returned to the Coliseum full-time in 1985, moving temporarily to the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, the SuperSonics won the NBA championship in 1979. Overall, the franchise won three Western Conference titles,1978,1979, and 1996, the franchise won six divisional titles, the most recent being in 2005, with five in the Pacific Division and one in the Northwest Division.
The SuperSonics franchise history, would be shared with the Thunder, on December 20,1966, Los Angeles businessmen Sam Schulman and Eugene V. Klein and a group of minority partners were awarded an NBA franchise for the city of Seattle. Schulman would serve as the partner and head of team operations. He named the SuperSonics after Boeings recently awarded contract for the SST project, the SuperSonics were Seattles first major league sports franchise. Beginning play in October 1967, the SuperSonics were coached by Al Bianchi and featured All-Star guard Walt Hazzard and NBA All-Rookie Team members Bob Rule and Al Tucker. The expansion team stumbled out of the gates with a 144–116 loss in their first game, Hazzard was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the next season for Lenny Wilkens. Wilkens brought a strong game to the SuperSonics, averaging 22.4 points per game,8.2 assists per game. Rule, improved on his rookie statistics with 24.0 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game, the SuperSonics, only won 30 games and Bianchi was replaced by Wilkens as player/coach during the offseason.
Wilkens and Rule both represented Seattle in the 1970 NBA All-Star Game, and Wilkens led the NBA in assists during the 1969–70 season, Schulman threatened to move his soon-to-be ABA team to Los Angeles to compete directly with the Lakers. The Oscar Robertson suit delayed the merger, and the SuperSonics remained in Seattle, early in the 1970–71 season, Rule tore his Achilles tendon and was lost for the rest of the year. The following season, the SuperSonics went on to record their first winning season at 47–35, for the 1972–73 season, Wilkens was dealt to Cleveland in a highly unpopular trade, and without his leadership the SuperSonics fell to a 26–56 record
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves as the sports most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball, dedicated to Canadian physician and inventor of the sport James Naismith, it was opened and inducted its first class in 1959. As of the induction of the Class of 2016 on September 9,2016, the Naismith Hall of Fame was established in 1959 by Lee Williams, a former athletic director at Colby College. In the 1960s, the Basketball Hall of Fame struggled to raise money for the construction of its first facility. The Basketball Hall of Fames Board named four inductees in its first year, in addition to honoring those who contributed to basketball, the Hall of Fame sought to make contributions of its own. In 1979, the Hall of Fame sponsored the Tip-Off Classic and this Tip-Off Classic has been the start to the college basketball season ever since, and although it does not always take place in Springfield, generally it returns every few years.
In the 17 years that the original Basketball Hall of Fame operated at Springfield College, the popularity of the Basketball Hall of Fame necessitated that a new facility be constructed, and in 1985, an $11 million facility was built beside the scenic Connecticut River in Springfield. As the new hall opened, it recognized women for the first time, with such as Senda Berenson Abbott. In 2002, the Basketball Hall of Fame moved again—albeit merely 100 yards south along Springfields riverfront—into a $47 million facility designed by renowned architects Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, the buildings architecture features a metallic silver, basketball-shaped sphere flanked by two similarly symmetrical rhombuses. The dome is illuminated at night and features 80,000 square foot, including numerous restaurants, the second Basketball Hall of Fame was not torn down but rather converted into an LA Fitness health clubs. The current Basketball Hall of Fame features Center Court, a basketball court on which visitors can play.
Inside the building there are a gallery, many interactive exhibits, several theaters. A large theater for ceremonies seats up to 300, the honorees inducted in 2002 included the Harlem Globetrotters and Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist. As of 2011, the current Basketball Hall of Fame has greatly exceeded attendance expectations, despite the new facilitys success, a logistical problem remains for the Basketball Hall of Fame and the City of Springfield. Urban planners at universities such as UMass Amherst have called for the I-91 to be moved, in 2010, the Urban Land Institute announced a plan to make the walk between Springfields Metro Center and the Hall of Fame easier. Since 2011, the induction process employs a total of seven committees to both screen and elect candidates, since 2011, the Veterans and International Committees vote to directly induct one candidate for each induction class. Contributor Direct Election Committee Note that other committees may choose to elect contributors, for example, the 2014 class included two contributors.
However, each screening committee is limited as to the number of candidates it can put forth to the Honors Committee—10 from the North American Committee, any individual receiving at least 18 affirmative votes from the Honors Committee is approved for induction into the Hall of Fame