ESPN analyst Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed rumors that Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol are among the finalists for the Hall of Fame class of 2023. With a few other noteworthy players mentioned alongside them, Drik and Pau have been legends of the game and have retired for a few years now.
Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki, two NBA greats known for their powerful post-play and killer three-point shots respectively, were just voted in by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Along with them, Dwyane Wade, Becky Hammon, Tony Parker, and Gregg Popovich were also selected for the Hall of Fame class of 2023.
ESPN Sources: Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Becky Hammon and Gregg Popovich are among the finalists who’ve been elected into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2023. Formal announcement will come at Final Four in Houston this weekend.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 29, 2023
Gasol and Nowitzki’s impeccable career accomplishments, both individually and as a duo, have inspired generations of athletes all over the world—their selection serves to recognize this impact. The selection of Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki to the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame is widely viewed by experts as a historic moment, one that will open doors for future international players.
After all, these two established a powerful legacy with their accomplishments on and off the court—one that shows international players can make it to the top echelon in basketball. We have already seen many stars from Europe who are starting to take over the league with Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, and Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way.
Career highlights of Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki
These two prolific players have been a force to be reckoned with since they were in the NBA. Gasol has won two championships while Nowitzki led the Mavericks to their first championship in 2011 and was named MVP of the Finals. They have put up impressive stats over their careers, with Gasol averaging 17 points per game and Nowitzki averaging 21 points per game.
But what really stands out about these two players is their amazing longevity, with both playing for 19 seasons—Gasol from 2001 through 2021, and Nowitzki from 1998 through 2019. This is a testament to their work ethic, skills, and dedication to the game, something that makes them even more deserving of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Pau had a close relationship with Kobe Bryant and he recently had his jersey retired by the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, Dirk had been the face of the Dallas Mavericks for over 21 years and he had his jersey retired at the start of the season. These two legends were the driving forces of their teams and they were loved by millions of fans around the world. Their selection to the Hall of Fame is well deserved and these two big men now take their place among the greats of the game.