The man who inspired Michael Jordan’s game the most will get the honor over a host of other legendary candidates: “Michael Jordan had his pick. Dean Smith. Phil Jackson. Maybe even his good friend Charles Barkley … He chose David Thompson. The former NBA high-flyer who had starred at North Carolina … State. ‘I got a call from the Hall of Fame and they asked me if I was willing to be a presenter for someone,’ Thompson said. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t know who it was. … They said Michael Jordan. I was like, ‘Wow.’ He told them that he was a big fan of mine and I was the one that really inspired him. Being that there was so many North Carolina people he could’ve chose, I was honored.’”