On Saturday, Lisa Leslie was announced as a finalist to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Leslie has been known as one of the WNBA's most notable players of all time where she played for the Los Angeles Sparks from 1997 to 2009. Though her retirement was a long time ago, she is still arguably the face of the league today in many ways. This is because Leslie still played in the league when many of the league's current stars like Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker were starting their careers.
Leslie's resumé commands a lot of respect. Below is a list of just some of the many accomplishments she has made in her long and storied career:
- Won a WNBA championship with the Sparks in 2001 and 2002
- WNBA MVP in 2001, 2004, and 2006
- WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2008
- 8x WNBA All-Star (1999-2003, 2005, 2006, 2009)
- Olympic Gold Medalist in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008
There is still more work to do before Leslie is officially in the Hall of Fame. But the actual Hall of Fame class will be announced on Monday, April 6 before the NCAA Division I men's basketball national championship game in Indianapolis. The class will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts during the weekend of September 10-11.
If I have to hedge my bets, Leslie should be as safe of a bet as any to be in Springfield.