Three coaches and players associated with the Portland Trail Blazers have been named eligible to be voted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2024. Current Blazers Head Coach Chauncey Billups, championship forward Maurice Lucas, and 1990’s-2000’s forward Buck Williams were all listed among the 36 potential nominees for the Men’s side of the Hall of Fame. All three candidates have been eligible before.
First-time candidates Vince Carter, Bill Laimbeer, and the 2008 U.S. Olympics “Redeem Team” join the field, along with returning candidates Tom Chambers, Reggie Theus, and Shawn Marion.
Williams, a three-time NBA All-Star, played for the Blazers between 1989 and 1996. He holds career averages of 12.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game over 1307 regular-season appearances in a 17-year career.
Lucas—a 12-year NBA veteran, along with 2 seasons in the American Basketball Association—played in Portland between 1976 and 1980, then again during the 1987-88 season. He appeared in five NBA All-Star games and famously won an NBA Championship in Portland will Bill Walton in 1977. Lucas amassed career averages of 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in 855 appearances.
Chauncey Billups is currently Portland’s head coach. He played 17 NBA seasons, serving with the Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, and New York Knicks. He received five NBA All-Star nods and won a title with the Pistons in 2004. Billups produced a career average of 15.2 points and 5.4 assists per game over 1043 contests.
Former Trail Blazers assistant coach Jack McKinney is also eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame via the veterans committee.
The entire list of potential nominees can be found in this NBA.com listing.
The article also explains the timeline for announcing this year’s class:
Finalists from the Honor’s Committee for the Class of 2024 will be announced on Friday, February 16, in Indianapolis, Indiana, during NBA All-Star Weekend.
The entire Class of 2024 will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, April 6, in a nationally televised broadcast.
The announcement time and broadcast network for both the Finalist and the Class Announcement will be announced in the near future.