After compiling impressive collegiate and professional Basketball careers, Chris Webber and Rudy Tomjanovich are finalists to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) February 18, 2017
During his time as a Wolverine, Tomjanovich was a terrific scorer. He played forward in Ann Arbor and scored 1,808 points and had 1,039 rebounds. Tomjanovich was the team’s leading scorer for each of his three collegiate seasons.
As a professional, Tomjanovich had a solid playing career averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds per game. He truly made his mark as the coach of the Houston Rockets. During his tenure, the Rockets were NBA Champions in 1995 and 1996.
Congratulations to #17HoopClass Finalist Rudy Tomjanovich, who holds the @HoustonRockets franchise records for career wins & win percentage. pic.twitter.com/2wpwrLw9nJ
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) February 18, 2017
Webber will best be remembered as part of the Fab 5 at University of Michigan. The power forward from Detroit, Michigan was a key component to that collection of players. He and his teammates shocked the college basketball world and participated in back to back National Championship games in 1992 and 1993.
As a pro, Webber was a 5-time All-Star and #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. He had the most success as a passing big man in Sacremento. Webber did return home and played for the Detroit Pistons later in his career. Here’s a highlight video showcasing his game-changing skills.
Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced on April 3, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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