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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963 170
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
877 77
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

3
797 110
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

4
671 115
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
618 202
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
516 219
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
551 169
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
402 184
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
471 173
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

10
453 166
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
444 180
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
365 151
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
388 113
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

14
355 143
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

15
343 221
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

16
397 89
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

17
287 157
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
366 88
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

19
283 168
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

20
313 71
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

21
231 230
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

22
159 198
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
291 65
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

24
238 117
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Small forward, Forward

25
194 166
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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