Report: Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to headline 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame class

We’ll have to wait until Saturday to find out the full list of luminaries marked for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2018, but it looks like the group will be led by three of the last generation’s most electrifying playmakers.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash, 10-time All-Star Jason Kidd and seven-time All-Star Grant Hill “have been notified that each will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.” All three made their first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot when finalists were announced during All-Star Weekend last month, made possible by a shift in Hall policy announced in December that sped up the process for potential honorees to come up for consideration.

In years past, prospective inductees needed to be retired for five full years to be eligible. Now, you can hit the ballot after three years, allowing Nash (who last played in 2014) to join Kidd and Hill (who last played in 2013) in this year’s player pool.

“There’s no reason to wait that amount of time,” Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Hall’s Board of Governors, told’s

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