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Tamika Catchings nominated for Basketball Hall of Fame

Indiana Fever great Tamika Catchings has been nominated for the hall of fame.
Tamika Catchings at her last regular season practice Thursday.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WTHR) - Indiana Fever great Tamika Catchings has been nominated for the hall of fame.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Catchings among the list of nominees for the hall's Class of 2020. She is joined by NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, among others, as first time nominees.

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.

Others nominated with Indiana ties include former Purdue head coach Gene Keady, former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps, former Indiana Pacer Mark Jackson and former Pacers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh. Walsh is currently a consultant for the team's basketball operations. Brothers Dick and Tom Van Arsdale, who played at Manual High School in Indianapolis before heading to Indiana University, are also among the nominees.

Finalists for the hall of fame will be announced during NBA All-Star Weekend in February. The Class of 2020 will be announced during the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta in April.

The enshrinement ceremony will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 29.

Click here to see the full list of nominees.