Basketball Hall of Fame: Mitch Richmond, Vlade Divac, Kevin Johnson could be named finalists on Friday

Looking, uh, good, Rock. - Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The finalists to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 will be announced on Friday in Houston. Former Kings stars Mitch Richmond and Vlade Divac and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson could be included.

The James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will announce its list of 2013 class finalists on Friday. Gary Payton will headline the list, no doubt, but two Sacramento notables could join him: former Kings star Mitch Richmond, Vlade Divac and native son/mayor Kevin Johnson. Paul Westphal is also under consideration as a coach, most likely for his time in Phoenix and not, unfortunately, in Sacramento.

Finalists are announced on Friday; the inductees will be announced at the Final Four in another six weeks. The induction ceremony is in August.

Richmond was a six-time All-Star for the Kings, and is in the top two of seemingly every fan's "Best Sacramento King Ever" list. (Chris Webber is the other popular choice.) The Rock may have been the second-best two-guard in the league from 1992-98 when starring for the Kings, behind, oh just Michael Jordan. Reggie Miller fans would disagree, perhaps, but Richmond was much more versatile and powerful.

Divac was a major piece of Sacramento's greatest teams, pairing with Webber to lead the Kings to the Western Conference Finals in 2002. He also has an extraordinary international record for Yugoslavia and Serbia, and is now the Olympic boss in that nation. He'll assuredly get into the Hall at some point based on international contributions plus a solid NBA career.

KJ grew up in Sacramento, then went on to star at Cal before making three All-Star Games, five All-NBA teams and the NBA Finals with Phoenix. He is now our awesome mayor, fighting to save the Kings. Sadly, that last bit probably doesn't matter much to the committee.

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