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Tamika Catchings selected for Hall of Fame on 1st year of eligibility

Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings has been selected to join the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings has been selected to join the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

ESPN made the announcement Saturday afternoon.


All eight finalists were selected to join the Hall of Fame, which includes:

  • Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant
  • San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan
  • Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets player Kevin Garnett
  • Baylor coach Kim Mulkey
  • Bentley University coach Barbara Stevens
  • Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton
  • San Diego/Houston Rockets player anc coach Rudy Tomjanovich

International Basketball Association executive Patrick Baumann was also selected — bringing this year's class to nine.

Catchings averaged 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 15 seasons with the Fever. She was named the 2011 WNBA MVP and led the Fever to the 2012 WNBA Championship, earning Finals MVP honors. Catchings was named to the All-WNBA team 12 times in her career.


She led the league in scoring in her rookie season in 2002 and currently ranks third on the WNBA's all-time scoring list. Her 2.4 steals per game and 1,074 total steals are the best in WNBA history.

She also won four consecutive Olympic gold medals with Team USA from 2002-2016.

Catchings currently serves as the vice president of basketball operations for the Fever.