The 2020 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class was unveiled on Saturday, and it features arguably the greatest compilation of talent in its history.
The class is headlined by the late Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett, who together were named to 48 All-Star Games, won 11 NBA championships, and notched four MVPs across their esteemed careers.
The rest of the 2020 class is equally as star-studded. The trio of NBA legends will be joined by four-time NCAA Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, a 10-time WNBA All-Star in Tamika Catchings, five-time Division II Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens, three-time women's NCAA champ Kim Mulkey, and former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, a two-time champion.
By themselves, those individuals would make for a historic Hall of Fame class. Pair them with the likes of Bryant, Duncan, and Garnett, and you have the best HOF class of all time.
In fact, the class' only real competition on a talent-for-talent basis probably comes from the year 2009, headlined by (of course) a soon-to-be-crying Jordan.
It's certainly a worthwhile debate, but we'll take the triumvirate of 2020, in terms of rewriting the league's history.
The induction ceremony will be devastating without Bryant, who tragically perished in a helicopter crash in January, and won't be there to soak it in.
The Black Mamba was a five-time champ, two-time Finals MVP, 11-time All-NBA First Team, the 2008 MVP, an 18-time All-Star, a nine-time All-Defensive First Team, and is fourth on the league's all-time scoring list.
We obviously take nothing away from the other class members, but this news further celebrates what was an extraordinary career and life of Bryant, who was taken from the world far too soon.