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Original Lynx star Katie Smith elected to the Hall of Fame

She'll be enshrined with greats like Grant Hill and Tina Thompson.

Before Lindsay Whalen was even in college, Katie Smith was starring for the Minnesota Lynx, and her career is now officially a Hall of Fame career. 

Smith, the original great for the Lynx, was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Saturday.

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She'll be enshrined Sep. 8 in Springfield, Massachusetts with 12 other greats: Grant Hill, Tina Thompson, Steve Nash, Maurice Cheeks, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen, Charlie Scott, Dino Radja, Rod Thorn, Charles "Lefty" Driesell (coach), Rick Welts and Ora Mae Washington (won 11 straight Women’s Colored Basketball Championship teams in the early 1900s). 

Smith's career is loaded with achievements: 

  • 7-time WNBA All-Star
  • 2-time WNBA champion (2006, 2008)
  • All-time leading scorer in women's basketball history
  • 3-time Olympic gold medalist
  • WNBA Finals MVP in 2008
  • 2-time ABL champion with the Columbus Quest (1996, '97)
  • Ohio State retired her number in 2001

Five of her All-Star appearances came with the Lynx (2000-03, '05). 

Smith, now the head coach of the New York Liberty, scored 7,885 points in her professional career, with 6,452 points in the WNBA, good for the second most in WNBA history.

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