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Apr 11, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts after a call in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The NBA Hall of Fame committee announced Tuesday they are waiving the traditional election process for Kobe Bryant, and he has been inducted as first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Bryant was one of nine victims of a helicopter crash Sunday in southern California.

Bryant was set to be on the ballot for the first time this year. Waiving the voting process is a relatively unprecedented step. Bryant will become the 27th Laker player to be enshrined in Springfield, and the 21st player born outside the United States.

Others expected to be inducted this summer include Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, who are both on the ballot for the first time. This year’s Enshrinement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 29 in Springfield.

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