In her second year of eligibility, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach and WNBA Becky Hammon was snubbed from the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Well before she became a guiding voice in the San Antonio Spurs locker room, Becky Hammon was a fierce competitor and methodical passer in her 16 seasons in the WNBA. The native of Rapid City, South Dakota became the face of the New York Liberty after going undrafted in 1999 and began her journey to stardom.
Hammon finished her career with six All-Star appearances, two All-WNBA First Team selections as well at two selections to the Second Team. She led the WNBA in assists with five per game in 2007, her first season with the San Antonio Silver Stars. During her time in the Alamo City, Hammon matured as a player and honed her craft.
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Over the course of her life, Hammon has left lasting impacts on players around her because of her brilliant basketball mind and floor general mentality. This made Hammon’s transition to coaching seamless following her retirement from the WNBA.
She has a way of instilling winning values in the players around her that’s been crucial to the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff over the last five years.
This year’s class of finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was highlighted by two of the game’s greatest defenders in Ben Wallace and Sidney Moncrief. In his second year of eligibility, power forward Chris Webber has also made the cut. Of the 13 finalists, just one WNBA player, Teresa Weatherspoon, came from the WNBA.
Becky Hammon will have her chance at the Hall of Fame soon enough. Her character is well documented, and her resume speaks for itself; voters will give her a long look next season.