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Former Bullet champ Bob Dandridge named to 2021 Hall of Fame class

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Former Washington Bullets champion Bob Dandridge has been named a member of the class of 2021 to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. 

Dandridge spent four seasons with the Bullets as a two-way swingman and was a key cog on the 1978 championship-winning squad. Now 39 years removed from his retirement, Dandridge was honored as a part of the Veteran's Committee, which requires at least 35 years since retirement for such distinction. 

Dandridge played eight seasons with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson in Milwaukee and won the 1971 NBA title after being named to the All-Rookie team the season prior. When Washington acquired him for the 1977 season, he was considered the missing piece for Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes to get over the hump and win a championship. 

He would help them do just that in his second season with the Bullets, slamming down a memorable Game 7 dunk against the Seattle Sonics to seal Washington's first and only title. All four of his star teammates on both Milwaukee and Washington had been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

A two-time NBA champion who appeared in four NBA Finals, Dandridge scored more points in the NBA Finals during the 1970s than any other player. 

Across 13 NBA seasons Dandridge averaged 18.5 points per game as a four-time NBA all star and produced 15,530 total points in his career. A defensive stopper on one end and a reliable presence on offense, Dandridge was known as one of the best forwards of his era. 

 

The full list of 2021 NBA Hall of Fame inductees includes one-time Wizards Paul Pierce and Chris Webber, as well as Chris Bosh and Ben Wallace for players. Jay Wright, Rick Adelman, and Bill Russell were selected as coaches. 

Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson were honored as WNBA recipients.