Thirteen new members — including NBA legends Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash — have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night. But who will be joining them further down the road?
Here's a look at some of the biggest names that will soon be eligible for induction, as well as those who are still waiting for their call from Springfield.
"The Matrix" was a four-time All-Star and won a title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. His career averages don't necessarily scream Hall of Famer, but his longevity and the success of his teams help his case. Marion logged 109 playoff games while taking his teams to the postseason 11 times in 16 NBA seasons.
Expect a sea of purple and gold in the balcony at Springfield's Symphony Hall as Lakers fans will undoubtedly flock to watch the legend enter the Hall.
Bryant is a five-time NBA champ, a two-time Finals MVP, the 2008 league MVP and an 18-time All-Star. His speech ought to be as entertaining as his career.
The Celtics-Lakers rivalry might be rekindled simply based on competition for tickets to the 2020 induction ceremonies.
Garnett cemented his legacy by helping Boston to the 2008 title, but his resume includes the 2004 league MVP and 15 All-Star appearances. Garnett headlined the prep-to-pro revolution and left an indelible mark on the way big men play the game.
The Big Fundamental will head to Springfield with his five NBA titles, two MVP awards, three Finals MVP trophies and 15 All-Star appearances.
In typical Duncan fashion, he won't even be the headliner on this night given the star power and loud personalities around him, but he'll also probably be perfectly fine with that.
The Celtics wasted no time putting Pierce's No. 34 in the rafters last season, and he'll soon carve out another piece of Massachusetts real estate with a Hall induction.
It should also reunite Boston's Big Three one more time, after that 2008 title they won together bolstered Pierce's resume. He was MVP of that Finals and piled up 10 All-Star appearances overall.
The Truth scored 26,397 points during his NBA career and muscled his way into the conversation for most elite scorers in Celtics history.