Current NBA 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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1,031 184
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
2
880 118
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
963 83
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward
4
714 132
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward
5
666 221
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
558 233
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
587 186
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
8
430 202
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
508 185
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center
10
484 175
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard
11
471 197
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
394 161
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
419 119
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
14
378 154
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center
15
360 237
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard
16
433 100
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
17
303 169
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward
18
401 96
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward
19
303 182
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward
20
342 82
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard
21
246 248
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center
22
167 212
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
312 73
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
24
252 130
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Small forward, Forward
25
201 179
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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