Basketball Hall of Fame: Five reported as 2019 class members

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A Milwaukee Bucks legend is among the newest class of players to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Moncrief helped Arkansas reach the Final Four in 1978 and was a first-team All-American in 1979, the year the Bucks drafted him fifth overall.

They include Al Attles from the Contributor Committee, Charles "Chuck" Cooper from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Vlade Divac from the International Committee, Carl Braun from the Veterans Committee and the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982 from the newly instated Women's Veterans Committee.

Moncrief is a five-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2012-13 season and was selected into Top 10 Coaches in NBA History in 1996. They're joined by Jack Sikma, a seven-time All-Star and Paul Westphal, a five-time All-Star who later enjoyed a lengthy coaching career in the National Basketball Association and college ranks. Five-time All-Star Chris Webber and four-time Defensive Player Ben Wallace failed to headline the 2019 class.

The class will be enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 6.

Cooper and Braun are being honored posthumously.

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"For the last five or six days when I found out I was going to be there, I was only hoping that he was going to be next me", Divac said. He led the Boston Celtics to a title in 1981 and still holds the highest winning percentage of any coach in Celtics history (.738). He made five All-Star teams and was chosen five times to the All-NBA squad.

Westphal, 68, was a five-time NBA All-Star and four-time All-NBA player as a guard, mostly with the Phoenix Suns.

After her playing career, in which she became the first WNBA player to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 assists, she led her alma mater as head coach from 2009-14, compiling a 99-71 record while guiding the Lady Techsters to two NCAA tournament appearances. Jones was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team on eight occasions and he was a key cog on the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers championship team.

Usually, the closer to the end of a player's career the better their chances are to make the Hall of Fame, as their play is still fresh in people's minds.

Sikma is a seven-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion. The five-time All-Star died in 2010 at age 82. In 695 games with Milwaukee, Moncrief averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. He was a member of Philadelphia's championship team in 1983. Born in Torrance, California, Westphal played collegiately at the University of Southern California where he was a two-time All-Pac-8 first-team selection and had his No. 25 retired by the Trojans in 2007.

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