Can Lauren Jackson return to the Opals? (Photo: Australian Olympic Committee)

Australian Lauren Jackson is amongst the 14 finalists to potentially be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Australia’s greatest basketball player, Lauren Jackson, has been recognised once again for her stellar playing career with the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame including her in the finalists for the 2021 class.

Jackson’s historic WNBA career began in 2001 when she was drafted first for the Seattle Storm.

As a one franchise player, Jackson was a three-time MVP and two-time WNBA Champion. Her 10th season at Seattle was her best, taking out the League MVP, finals MVP and winning the championship alongside her teammates.

In 2016, Seattle Storm honoured Jackson’s legendary career with the franchise by retiring her number 15 jersey.

Representing Australia, Jackson played in four Olympic games (2000-2012), earning three successive silver medals and a bronze medal in 2012. In 2006 she captained the Opals during the Commonwealth Games with the team taking out gold and to their first World Championship gold later in the year.

Jackson was previously honoured in 2019 when she was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame and similarly, in 2020, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The remaining finalists for the 2021 Naismith Hall of Fame class consist of legendary coaching and playing talent including: Rick Adelman, Leta Andrews, Chris Bosh, Michael Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Tim Hardaway, Marques Johnson, Paul Pierce, Bill Russell, Marianne Stanley, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber and Jay Wright.

Of the 14 nominees, only nine will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, with the Class of 2021 announcement scheduled to go ahead on May 16th 2021.

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