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Former Kings star Chris Webber a Hall of Fame finalist

Chris Webber listens to the crowd in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals between the Kings and the Dallas Mavericks at Arco Arena on May 13, 2002.
Chris Webber listens to the crowd in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals between the Kings and the Dallas Mavericks at Arco Arena on May 13, 2002. Sacramento Bee file

Former Kings star Chris Webber is again a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Webber was one of 13 finalists announced Saturday. The 2018 class will be named March 31 prior to the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

Webber was a five-time All-Star, four times with the Kings (2000-03). He was an All-NBA First Team selection in 2001 and made the second team three times (1999, 2002, 2003). He also played for Golden State, Washington, Philadelphia and Detroit.

Webber averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds for his career. He averaged 23.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in seven seasons with the Kings, who retired his No. 4 jersey.

In 2017, Weber first made the status of Hall of Fame finalist, but was not inducted.

Webber arrived in Sacramento after a trade with Washington for the 1998-99 lockout-shortened season. He sparked the most successful run in Sacramento history, which includes a berth in the 2002 Western Conference finals.

The No. 1 pick in the 1993 NBA draft out of Michigan, Webber had led the school to the NCAA championship game in 1992 and 1993. He was a unanimous First Team All-American selection in 1993 as a sophomore.

He also is one of the most decorated high school players of his era. Playing for Detroit Country Day, Webber was named the McDonald’s All-American Game MVP, Michigan’s Mr. Basketball, and the Naismith Prep Player of the Year in 1991.

Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Maurice Cheeks were the other NBA players named as finalists.

Katie Smith and Tina Thompson were players from the women’s game to be named finalists.

Coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell, NBA referee Hugh Evans, Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich and 10-time AAU National Champions Wayland Baptist University are the other finalists.

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