Basketball People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame  

Pedro Cerrano
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List Rules Only those players eligible as Basketball HOF nominees through the 2016 class

People who should be in the Basketball Hall of Fame are those stellar members of professional or college basketball who have been snubbed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hall honors the great players, coaches, referees and other contributors to the game of basketball. Since 1959, over 150 people have been inducted into the hall during their annual ceremonies each fall.

In order to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a player must be fully retired for at least five years and earn their induction based on voting by a committee. Each year, those who are nominated and receive 75% or more of the votes can be inducted, though the Hall's Board of Trustees does have a final veto. Because of those guidelines, over the years many have been snubbed from induction.

Arguably some of the best NBA players of all time have not been inducted for one reason or another. Sidney Moncrief, George McGinnis, Marques Johnson and Max Zaslofsky are just a few of those names. These are multiple-year NBA All-Star selections, NBA champions and MVP award winners yet they fail to make the Basketball Hall of Fame.

While the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame should be a place where only the elite are honored for their contributions to the game, these men and women certainly have earned their right to induction. The good news is that many may still make it, eventually. Vote for your favorite players not in the Basketball Hall of Fame below then head over and vote for the people who should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame too!

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1
757 127
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
569 85
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

3
617 60
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

4
495 78
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
470 142
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

6
396 170
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Power forward, Center

7
419 121
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
296 142
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
PhilGrambau added Point guard

9
346 119
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard

10
338 131
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

11
330 145
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Power forward

12
268 108
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Power forward, Center

13
278 179
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

14
254 107
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

15
269 87
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

16
219 126
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward

17
199 124
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

18
231 59
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

19
241 66
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

20
160 169
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

21
182 45
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

22
114 141
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Power forward, Center

23
193 172
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

24
143 119
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

25
36 31
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #25 eblack added Shooting guard - Inducted in 2014

26
152 77
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Small forward, Forward

27
107 129
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

28
132 88
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Joe Schollmeier added Point guard

29
178 42
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

30
89 119
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard

31
158 34
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

32
166 139
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

33
110 126
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

34
106 88
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Power forward, Center

35
63 106
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

36
121 138
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

37
70 104
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Center

38
69 122
Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard, Small forward

39
63 131
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

40
99 148
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

41
66 77
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
DeanLegend added Point guard

42
85 29
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

43
73 98
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Shooting guard

44
44 100
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward

45
66 102
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

46
80 121
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

47
39 59
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
tornadoaid added Shooting guard

48
62 106
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

49
61 122
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

50
39 76
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward