Former Sixers point guard Mo Cheeks Hall of Fame finalist

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Philadelphia’s Maurice Cheeks (10) puts up a shot as Milwaukee’s Marques Johnson, right, watches during NBA playoff action, Friday, May 8, 1982, Milwaukee, Wisc. Cheeks lead the 76ers with 26 points as they defeated the Bucks 120-90. Philadelphia won the best of seven series four games to two and advances to meet Boston.

LOS ANGELES – Mo Cheeks is one step away from reaching basketball immortality.

The former four-time all-star point guard and 76ers legend was among 13 finalists selected Saturday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2018 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the Final Four in San Antonio on March 31. The Class of 2018 will be enshrined during Hall of Fame festivities in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 6-8.

Chris Webber, another former Sixer, is another finalist. The others are former players Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Steve Nash; former women’s players Katie Smith and Tina Thompson; coaches Lefty Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kim Mulkey; referee Hugh Evans and 1954-58 Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball team.

Cheeks spent the first 11 seasons of his 15-year  playing career with the Sixers. He averaged 12.2 points, 7.3 assists and 2.3 steals in Philly. His career averages were 11.1 points, 6.7 assists and 2.1 steals. Cheeks was also hired as the Sixers head coach on before the start of the 2005-06 season. He was fired Dec. 18, 2008, 23 games into the 2008-09 season.

The Sixers acquired Webber on Feb. 23, 2005 in a trade with the Sacramento Kings. The team waived him on Jan. 11, 2007.