Rapid City native Becky Hammon among 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame nominees
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released its list of nominees for the Class of 2023. The list includes Becky Hammon, who grew up and went to high school in Rapid City.
The Basketball Hall of Fame inducts a class of basketball players, coaches, referees, contributors, and teams into the hall each year. Since the Hall of Fame’s founding in 1959, a total of 401 have been inducted.
Becky Hammon, now Head Coach of the Los Vegas Aces of the WNBA, was born in Rapid City in 1977 and played basketball at Rapid City Stevens before being picked up by the Colorado State Rams in 1995.
During her time at Colorado State, she set a number of records, including points (2740), points per game (21.92), free throws made (539), assists (538), and steals (315).
Hammon entered the WNBA in 1999 and joined the New York Liberty, and was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2007. During her time in the WNBA, she was a six-time WNBA All-Star. Hammon made the controversial decision to acquire Russian citizenship and play for the Russian National Team in the 2008 Olympics after she learned that she would not be invited to play for the U.S. National Team.
In 2014, Hammon was hired as an assistant coach for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, becoming the NBA’s second-ever female coach. In 2021, Hammon was hired as the head coach for the Las Vegas Aces.
In 2022, the Aces won the WNBA Finals, making Hammon the first rookie head coach to win the title. She was named WNBA Coach of the Year that same year.
Other notable Hall of Fame nominations this year include Gregg Popovich, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol and Dwyane Wade.
Finalists will be announced in February, Hall of Famers will be announced in April and the enshrinement ceremony takes place in August.
The full list of nominees can be found here.