Already containing a considerable amount of Boston Celtics lore, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame could soon be home to even more green.
Celtics great Jo Jo White has been named a finalist for enshrinement this year, the Hall announced on Saturday during the 2015 NBA All-Star festivities. The other 11 nominees include players Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Kevin Johnson, Lisa Leslie, and Dikembe Mutumbo; coaches Leta Andrews, John Calipari, Bill Fitch, Robert Hughes, and Bo Ryan; and referee Dick Bavetta.
Drafted by Boston with the ninth overall pick in 1969, White led the Celtics to NBA championships in 1974 and 1976, where in the latter he was named NBA Finals MVP. A seven-time NBA All-Star, he averaged 18.3 points per game in his 10-year Celtics career, shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line, while he averaged 21.5 points per game in 80 playoff games. His No. 10 was retired by the Celtics in 1982, one of 21 numbers that hang in the TD Garden rafters.
If elected to the Hall, White would become the 25th Celtic enshrined as a player. The most recent Celtics player inducted was the late Dennis Johnson, who was elected in 2010.
In order to secure enshrinement, a nominee must get at least 18 of 24 votes from the Honor Committee; the newest Hall of Fame class will be announced in a press conference in Indianapolis before the NCAA Men’s Championship game on April 6. The electees will be enshrined during Hall of Fame weekend Sept. 10-11 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.