Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/6/12

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Former NBA player Dennis Rodman leaves the Ed Hardy store on Chapel Street on March 27, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
The latest class to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is descending on Springfield, Mass. this weekend, and some of those being honored could be surprising. Unlike years past that would include slam dunk candidates like Dennis Rodman or Michael Jordan, this year's class reflects more about the impacts that certain players, coaches and executives made on the game beyond simply filling up a box score or a win column. Many of this year's honorees -- Reggie Miller and Ralph Samson, for example -- seem to be getting inducted not for what they did on the court necessarily,...

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