Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The five-time NBA champion died in a helicopter crash in January alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianni and seven others.
Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 after a career that saw him win NBA MVP in 2008, named Finals MVP twice and earn 18 All-Star selections.
"He was one of the greatest competitors who stepped on the court and made sure his impact was felt on both sides of the ball," the Hall of Fame said in a statement on Saturday.
"He is ranked 4th on the NBA's career points list (33,643). We congratulate posthumously 5x NBA Champion Kobe Bryant."
Tim Duncan, a five-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, and Kevin Garnett, who helped the Boston Celtics win the championship in 2008, were also named in the class of 2020.
The trio headline nine inductees who will be enshrined on August 29.
Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich finally got his call, as did longtime Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time final four coach Eddie Sutton.
Also headed to the Hall this year are former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and Hall of Fame Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Duncan and Garnett were widely perceived to be locks as 15-time NBA All-Stars, while Bryant died about three weeks before the Hall of Fame said he was a finalist.
"Obviously, we wish that he was here with us to celebrate," Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's wife, said on ESPN's broadcast of the class announcement.
"But it's definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a steppingstone to be here. So we're incredibly proud of him."
Bryant was also a five-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, just as Duncan was with the San Antonio Spurs.
"This is an incredibly special class, for many reasons," Colangelo said.
Garnett is the only player in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks and 1,500 steals. He also was part of Boston's 2008 NBA title.
"This is the culmination," he said.
"All those hours ... this is what you do it for, right here. To be able to be called 'Hall of Famer' is everything."
Duncan spent the entirety of his career with the Spurs, and is now back with the team as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich.
"It's kind of the end of the journey here," he said.
"It was an incredible career that I enjoyed so much. To call it a dream come true isn't even doing any justice to it. I never dreamt I'd be at this point."
Australian Associated Press