Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer.And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any.Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.“An amazing class,” Duncan said.They all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Others had to wait a bit longer for the good news: Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich finally got his call, as did longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton.They were the eight finalists who were announced in February, and the panel of 24 voters who were tasked to decide who merited selection wound up choosing them all. Also headed to the Hall this year: former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann, selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.“He was the head of FIBA and this was a way to honor him,” Hall of Fame chairman and enshrinee Jerry Colangelo said. “It was a special thing done through that committee.”Bryant, 41, died about three weeks before the Hall of Fame said — as if there was going to be any doubt — that he was a finalist. Duncan and Garnett were also widely perceived to be locks to be part of this class; they were both 15-time NBA All-Stars, and Bryant was an 18-time selection.Bryant’s death has been part of a jarring start of the year for basketball: Commissioner emeritus David Stern, 77, died on Jan. 1; Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine who died in the crash in late January; and the NBA shut down March 11 as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the U.S.“Obviously, we wish that he was here with us to celebrate,” Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, said Saturday on the ESPN broadcast of the class announcement. “But it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a steppingstone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him.”Bryant was also a five-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, just as Duncan was with the San Antonio Spurs.“This is an incredibly special class, for many reasons,” Colangelo said.Garnett is the only player in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks and 1,500 steals. He also was part of Boston’s 2008 NBA title.“This is the culmination,” Garnett, 43, said. “All those hours ... this is what you do it for, right here. To be able to be called ‘Hall of Famer’ is everything.”Duncan, 43, spent the entirety of his career with the Spurs, and is now back with the team as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich.“It’s kind of the end of the journey here,” Duncan, on the broadcast, said of his enshrinement. “It was an incredible career that I enjoyed so much. To call it a dream come true isn’t even doing any justice to it. I never dreamt I’d be at this point.”Duncan, Garnett and Bryant were similar in many ways as players: The longevity of their careers, the eye-popping numbers, almost perennial inclusion on award lists. They also shared a dislike for touting personal accomplishments.But even the Hall would have touched Bryant, those closest to him said.“No one deserves it more,” Lakers governor Jeanie Buss said.Added Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s former agent: “All of us can trust that this Basketball Hall of Fame honor is one Kobe would, and will, deeply appreciate.”Catchings, 40, was a 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Tomjanovich, who had overwhelming support from NBA peers who couldn’t understand why it took so long for his selection, was a five-time All-Star as a player, guided Houston to back-to-back titles and took the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.“It’s a scary time and families are being shattered by this pandemic. To get something positive right now is so wonderful,” Tomjanovich, 71, said.Mulkey, 57, has three NCAA titles as a coach, won two others as a player and had Baylor in position to vie for another championship this season had the global coronavirus pandemic not forced the shutdown of virtually every sport around the globe. Stevens has coached for 43 years and is a five-time Division II coach of the year. Sutton, 84, won more than 800 games in nearly four decades, and Baumann was one of the most powerful voices in international basketball until his death in 2018 at the age of 51.“The incredible emotions that I felt after receiving the call from the Hall of Fame Friday afternoon, I can’t even put into words,” Stevens, 65, said.The enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass., is scheduled for Aug. 29. Should the pandemic force a delay, there is a tentative plan for an October ceremony as well.For this year, largely because of the star power of this class, the Hall chose to enact a one-year suspension of direct elections from the Veteran’s, Women’s Veteran’s, Early African-American Pioneers and Contributors categories.With Bryant, Duncan and Garnett as perhaps the top NBA trio to ever enter simultaneously, the Hall wanted to make sure that no enshrinee would be overlooked.“We didn’t need to water it down,” Colangelo said. “Next year is another year for many.” A look at the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: KOBE BRYANT Key stats: 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists per game in 20 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 18-time All-Star, 2008 NBA MVP, No. 4 scorer in NBA history, 15-time All-NBA player, scored career-high 81 points vs. Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, four-time All-Star Game MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008, 2012), 2018 Academy Award winner for “Dear Basketball.”Quote: “Mamba Out.” — How he ended his remarks at Staples Center after the last game of his career, a 60-point effort in 2016. TIM DUNCAN Key stats: 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.2 blocks per game in 19 NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014), 15-time All-Star, two-time NBA MVP (2002, 2003), 15-time All-NBA player, 1998 NBA rookie of the year, 1997 NCAA player of the year at Wake Forest, one of three players in NBA history to be part of more than 1,000 regular-season wins.Quote: “Thank you, Coach Pop, for being more than a coach ... for being more like a father to me.” — Duncan, to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, at his jersey retirement. KEVIN GARNETT Key stats: 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game in 21 NBA seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.Career accomplishments: 2008 NBA champion, 15-time All-Star, 2004 NBA MVP, 2008 NBA defensive player of the year, 2000 Olympic gold medalist, is only player NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks and 1,500 steals.Quote: “Man, I’m so hyped right now. Anything is possible. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” — Garnett in his on-court interview, moments after the Celtics won the 2008 championship. TAMIKA CATCHINGS Key stats: 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.4 steals per game in 15 WNBA seasons with the Indiana Fever.Career accomplishments: 2012 WNBA champion and WNBA Finals MVP, 2011 WNBA MVP, 10-time All-Star, five-time defensive player of the year, seven-time steals champion, four-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), two-time world champion (2002, 2010), 1998 NCAA champion at Tennessee.Quote: “I never would have dreamed that the WNBA would start in my freshman year in college and I would have the opportunity to play in a league that was designed just for me.” — Catchings, at her jersey retirement. RUDY TOMJANOVICH Key stats: 527-416 record in parts of 13 NBA seasons as coach of Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers; 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds. 2.0 assists per game in 11 seasons as player with Rockets.Career accomplishments: Two-time NBA champion coach with Houston (1994, 1995), 2000 Olympic gold medal as coach, five-time NBA All-Star as player, career rebounding leader at Michigan, No. 2 pick in 1970 NBA draft.Quote: “I have one thing to say to those non-believers: Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.” — Tomjanovich, after the Rockets won the 1995 NBA title as a No. 6 seed. EDDIE SUTTON Key stats: 806-326 record in parts of 37 seasons at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and San Francisco.Career accomplishments: Two-time AP national coach of the year (1978, 1986), took three teams to the Final Four (Arkansas in 1978, Oklahoma State in 1995 and 2004), one of 12 coaches recognized by the NCAA for more than 800 Division I victories, nine regular-season conference titles, eight conference tournament titles.Quote: “You have given me memories, guys, to take with me for the rest of my life.” — Sutton, when he announced his Oklahoma State retirement in 2006. KIM MULKEY Key stats: 604-101 record in 20 seasons as Baylor women’s coach.Career accomplishments: Three-time NCAA champion coach with Baylor (2005, 2012, 2019), two-time national champion player at Louisiana Tech (AIAW in 1981, NCAA in 1982), two-time AP national women’s coach of the year (2012, 2019), combined career record as a Louisiana Tech player, Louisiana Tech assistant and Baylor coach of 1,164-175 (.869 winning percentage), now a member of eight Halls of Fame.Quote: “I don’t coach to get into Hall of Fames. I don’t coach to get courts named after me.” — Mulkey, at the 2019 Final Four. BARBARA STEVENS Key stats: 1,058-291 record in 43 seasons at Clark, Massachusetts and Bentley.Career accomplishments: Coached 2014 NCAA Division II national champions at Bentley with a 35-0 record, five-time WBCA Division II national coach of the year (1992, 1999, 2001, 2013, 2014), 16-time Northeast-10 coach of the year, coached Bentley for final 28 of its Division II-record 33 consecutive winning seasons and for Division II-record five consecutive 30-win seasons (1988-89 through 1992-93).Quote: “They know what we are looking for from them. It’s really been somewhat easy in the sense of just giving them kind of the blueprint and letting them go ahead and execute.” — Stevens, during the 2014 NCAA title season. PATRICK BAUMANN Key stats: Secretary general of FIBA from 2003 through his death in 2018.Career accomplishments: A player, referee and coach before joining the global basketball governing body FIBA, member of the International Olympic Committee, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2028 Los Angeles Games, viewed as major proponent of the growth of the 3x3 game and its inclusion in the Olympic program.Quote: “We are delighted to have our own headquarters that reflect our sport and its values. The House of Basketball is not only a home for FIBA and its members, but for all lovers of basketball.” — Baumann, when FIBA’s new headquarters opened in 2013.