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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Full list of teams enshrined at Springfield

As of 2021, there have been eight teams inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, including a couple of Team USA Olympic teams and the Harlem Globetrotters.

The most recent teams inducted came in 2019 when the Tennessee A&I teams of 1957-59 and the Wayland Baptist Women's teams of 1948-82 were inducted.

The first team inducted came in 2002, when the Harlem Globetrotters were enshrined.

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Here's a look at the complete list of teams to have been honoured at Springfield.

Tennessee A&I teams of 1957-59 - Class of 2019

The Tennessee A&I team from 1957-59, coached by John McLendon - a disciple of the game's inventor James Naismith, were the first team in basketball history to win three consecutive titles in any college division. Over the three-year span, their record stood at 94-8.

When they won the 1957 NAIA title, the Tigers became the first historically black college to win a national title in basketball.

For more on the Tennessee A&I Teams of 1957-59, click here.

Wayland Baptist women's teams of 1948-82 - Class of 2019

Over a 35-year period, the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens competed and won 10 national championships in the Amateur Athletic Union.

The program, which included scholarships for prospective female student-athletes - a first in women's basketball, enjoyed air travel between games which was provided a local businessman named Claude Hutcherson who used his Beechcraft Bonanzas to fly the girls to games.

For more on the Wayland Baptist Women's Teams of 1948-82, click here.

Immaculata University - Class of 2014

The women's basketball team at Immaculata University - the Mighty Macs - played in six straight AIAW basketball tournament final fours from 1972-1977, five straight finals from 1972-1976. They won three consecutive national championships from 1972 to 1974.

The story of their team was adapted into a movie in 2011 called 'The Mighty Macs', which chronicled the University's 1972 championship run.

For more on the Mighty Macs of the Immaculata University from the early 1970s, click here.

All-American Red Heads - Class of 2012

The All-American Red Heads, formed in 1936, remain the longest-running women's professional franchise in the history of basketball. Early on, they set up an all-female five and played men's teams by men's rules, shattering stereotypes about female athletes.

For more on the All-American Red Heads, click here.

1960 USA Men's Olympic team - Class of 2010

Considered to be the greatest amateur squad ever assembled, the 1960 USA Men's Olympic team was headlined by future NBA stars Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Walt Bellamy and Jerry Lucas.

The quartet, the only individual inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame from the squad, were four of 10 future NBA players. The squad also boasts of four consecutive Rookie of the Year honorees and three members of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time.

That roster dominated their competition en route to the gold medal, going an unbeaten 8-0 in the competition with an average winning margin of over 40 points. Led by Robertson, five players averaged double-digit points as the team scored upwards of 100 points five teams while holding their opponents to under 60 in four of the eight contests.

1992 Dream Team - Class of 2010

Team USA's 12-man roster that went to Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics included 11 professional athletes from the NBA. Crossing the 100-point mark in every game, they went undefeated and helped the USA recapture the gold medal. Head coach Chuck Daly never called a timeout as the team won their games by an average winning margin of 44 points.

All but one of the 11 players have been individually been elected to the Hall. Seven years after getting enshrined at Springfield, the 1992 Dream Team was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.

1966 Texas Western team - Class of 2007

In 1966, the Texas Western Miners became the first team in history to win the NCAA championship with five African-American players in the starting lineup. Regarded as a major part of the civil rights movement, they defeated all-white Kentucky squad in the title game, 72-65.

The title, perfectly capped off a 28-1 season where the starting line-up included Bobby Joe Hill, David Lattin, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley, Harry Flournoy.

For more on the Texas Western squad from 1966, click here.

Harlem Globetrotters - Class of 2002

The first-ever team to be enshrined at Springfield were the Harlem Globetrotters.

Inducted in 2002, as many as seven members of their squad in Marques Haynes (1998), Reece "Goose" Tatum (2011), Wilt Chamberlain (1979), Connie Hawkins (1992), and Lynette Woodard (2004), Meadowlark Lemon (2003) and Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton (2014) have been inducted into the Hall as a player or contributor.

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One of the most legendary teams in basketball history, the Globetrotters turned into a professional team in 1927, dominating competition until 1939. It was actually after World War II when the team actually became the "Globetrotters."

In 1948, they played one of the most consequential games in the history of the sport when the all-Black Globetrotters took on the Minneapolis Lakers, an all-white squad of the National Basketball League led by Hall of Famer George Mikan.

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