Kings legend Chris Webber headlines Basketball Hall of Fame finalists

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Sacramento Kings legend Chris Webber was one of 13 individuals named Friday as finalists to be considered for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Webber, a five-time NBA All-Star and the 1994 NBA Rookie of the Year, enjoyed the best years of his career while playing for the Kings from 1998 to 2005, leading the team to seven consecutive playoff appearances during that era. Webber averaged 24.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 2001-02, when the Kings reached the Western Conference finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

The list announced by the Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame include eight extraordinary players, four remarkable coaches, and one exceptional referee.

Ben Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is also nominated among the eight players. Wallace helped the Detroit Pistons win the NBA champions in 2004.

"To be named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and we are proud to recognize the outstanding men and women who have impacted the game," said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We congratulate our finalists and looking forward to revealing the Class of 2019 at the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis this spring." 

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