Suns Ring of Honor member Paul Westphal named to Hall of Fame

Jack Sikma played 14 NBA seasons making seven All Star teams while with the Sonics

Westphal was inducted into the Suns' Ring of Honor in 1998 and is also a member of the USC Hall of Fame and Pac-12 Hall of Honor. In his first season as head coach of the Suns, he guided the team to the NBA Finals, making him a player on the Suns' first Western Conference Championship team in 1976 and head coach of the Suns' second Western Conference Championship team in 1993.

The Tennessee A&I teams of 1957-59, Al Attles, Charles "Chuck" Cooper, Vlade Divac, Carl Braun and the Wayland Baptist University teams of 1948-82 were also announced as the Class of 2019 on Saturday hours before the Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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Westphal only missed four games over his first run with the Suns over the five seasons and would return to the Valley in the 1983-84 season for his final year in the league.

Also included in the class of 2019 is Jack Sikma.

Westphal was an NBA coach after a five-time NBA All-Star career.

Among those nominated and not inducted in 2019 are former MI and National Basketball Association great Chris Webber, former Detroit Pistons big man Ben Wallace and Bucks forward Marques Johnson.

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.

Cooper and Braun are being honored posthumously.

"My dad made me play", Jones said.

First, Mark Berman from Fox 26 posted on Twitter that Bill Fitch, who led the Boston Celtics to win the 1987 NBA Championship, was picked for the Hall of Fame.

Weatherspoon, who was elected by the women's committee, was a five-time WNBA All-Star for the New York Liberty who was the first in the league to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 assists. He made five All-Star teams and was chosen five times to the All-NBA squad. He was a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960 and played his first two seasons for the Warriors in Philadelphia before they moved to the San Francisco area.

Sikma led his team to the NAIA Tournament at Kemper Arena three times, including in 1977 when he averaged 15 rebounds in three games. Westphal took Phoenix to the NBA Finals in his first season as a coach, 1992-93.

Attles was a direct election by the contributor committee.

Attles played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors before coaching the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors for 14 seasons, including the franchise's title-winning 1974-75 campaign. He was a member of Philadelphia's championship team in 1983.

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