Best Hoops Hall of Fame Classes

1971
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1971

Bob Cousy (pictured), Bob Pettit, Abe Saperstein.

Any list with the greatest induction classes in the 52-year history of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that can start with the 1971 group is a tribute to all those groups that didn't make our cut. Pettit was a pioneer for all big men who prefer to face the basket and step out for 18-footers. Saperstein was the consummate marketer, turning the Harlem Globetrotters into a hoops and entertainment sensation. Come to think of it, that describes Cousy and his ball-handling success.

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