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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736 124
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
550 83
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
596 59
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

4
477 74
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
455 138
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
384 166
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
403 119
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
337 115
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard

9
283 139
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
PhilGrambau added Point guard

10
326 128
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

11
321 141
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Power forward

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258 104
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
274 174
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

14
243 104
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

15
259 84
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

16
215 121
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
193 119
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

18
220 58
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

19
228 65
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
154 165
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

21
172 43
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

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111 138
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
139 116
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

24
188 169
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

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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

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147 74
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Small forward, Forward

27
104 125
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
171 40
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

29
126 86
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Joe Schollmeier added Point guard

30
87 117
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
164 135
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

32
149 32
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

33
107 123
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

34
103 86
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
62 103
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
120 135
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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68 101
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Center

38
68 119
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
62 128
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

40
98 145
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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81 27
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

42
63 74
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
DeanLegend added Point guard

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70 96
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Shooting guard

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43 97
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward

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38 56
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
tornadoaid added Shooting guard

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65 99
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

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78 118
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

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61 102
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

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61 118
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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38 73
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward