The Suns initially acquired Westphal, along with two second-round picks, from the Celtics on May 23, 1975 in exchange for Charlie Scott, who was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame a year ago.
- Chuck Cooper: Cooper became one of the first African-American NBA players in 1950, and was the first one to be drafted, when the Celtics chose him in the second round that year.
- Paul Westphal: Westphal, 68, was a five-time All-Star guard who helped the Celtics to the 1974 NBA championship and led the Suns to the NBA Finals two years later. Now an analyst for CBS Sports, Webber quickly sent Divac a congratulatory message after the announcement in Minneapolis at the Final Four.
That scout was Bob Hopkins, who played at Grambling and was the Seattle SuperSonics coach when the team drafted Sikma.
Also headed to the Hall is seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma, who twice was named a NAIA All-America at Illinois Wesleyan.
After putting in players who could pour in the points but were not so hot on the defensive end (George Gervin?), the Naismith voters might have felt it was time to reward a player noted for defense (although four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace was bypassed), even though Jones was certainly a contributor on the offensive end.
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The Class of 2019 will be enshrined on Friday, September 6 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball and home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"My dad made me play", Jones said.
- Teresa Weatherspoon: An All-American at Louisiana Tech, Weatherspoon, 53, is regarded as one of the best players in WNBA history. Jones was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team on eight occasions and he was a key cog on the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers championship team. He played eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, two with the Charlotte Hornets and six with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds.
He was a four-time second-team All-NBA player and a first-team All-NBA selection in 1982-83 before chronic knee problems shortened his career.
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Joining Westphal is Sidney Moncrief, a five-time All-Star and five time All-NBA guard with the Milwaukee Bucks. On February 5, 1984, Cooper died at the age of 57. He was a member of Philadelphia's championship team in 1983.