(Detroit, MI)-The American Basketball Hall of Fame Foundation announced the list of 40 eligible candidates for the Class of 2023 today. The American Basketball Hall of Fame Foundation will combine both classes of 2022 and 2023 together to be enshrined. The American Basketball Hall of Fame (ABHOF) has inducted 50 players into the AHOF from the likes including former Boston Celtics Sam Jones, Harlem Globetrotter Legend Meadowlark Lemon, to the late great Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant.   

The goal of the ABHOF is to honor the history of basketball and also give players who have been overlooked another opportunity to be honored and a chance to be inducted into a national hall of fame from the levels of high school to college players/coaches, barnstorming teams, playground legends, and the CBA, ABA, WNBA, and contributors that have made an impact on the game of basketball. Robinson said that he is in talks with several cities that have shown interest in landing the project.  The goal is to build a state-of-the-art 80,000 sq. ft. basketball facility called the National Basketball Village that would include basketball courts, a weight room, track, classrooms, and a basketball theme restaurant along with the two halls of fame, the ABHOF and the HBCU Black College Basketball Hall of Fame.

10 of the 40 finalists for the Class of 2023 will be announced on March 8, 2022, and the entire Class of 2023 will be unveiled at a press conference. Basketball Hall of Fame Weekend Enshrinement and Festivities will take place in Detroit, Michigan on June 23-25, 2023.

40 eligible candidates for the American Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023:

  1. Isiah Thomas -Player  
  2. Richard “Pee Wee” Kirkland -Player 
  3. Larry Johnson-Player -Player 
  4. Earl “The Pearl Monroe -Player  
  5. Darrell Scott -Player  
  6. Artis Gilmore -Player  
  7. Clark Kellogg -Player  
  8. Dennis Hopson -Player  
  9. Michael Ray Richardson -Player  
  10. Albert King -Player  
  11. Mark Aguirre -Player  
  12. Mateen Cleaves -Player  
  13. Joe “The Destroyer” Hammond -Player  
  14. Brain Burdine -Player  
  15. Walter Davis -Player  
  16. George Gervin -Player  
  17. Mack Calvin -Player  
  18. Connie Hawkins -Player  
  19. James “Fly” Williams -Player  
  20. World B. Free -Player  
  21. Adam “Dutize” Bostick -Player  
  22. Ron Harper -Player  
  23. Campy Russell -Player  
  24. Jerome Macon -Player  
  25. Ramona McCastle Neyland -Player  
  26. Tyrone Crawford -Player  
  27. Brian Burdine -Player 
  28. David Thompson -Player  
  29. Geoff Warren -Player  
  30. Charles Oakley -Player  
  31. Vincent Johnson -Player  
  32. Olden Polynice -Player   
  33.  Denny Lehnus -Coach   
  34.  Chuck Daly -Coach 
  35. Tom Izzo -Coach   
  36. Sonny Hill – Contributor  
  37.  Mat Ishbia – Contributor 
  38. Bobby Grund -Contributor 
  39. Stephen A. Smith – Contributor 
  40. Harlem Clowns – Contributor