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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735 122
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
549 81
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
595 57
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

4
475 73
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
454 136
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
383 164
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
401 118
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
335 114
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
282 137
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
325 126
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

11
321 139
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
258 102
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
273 173
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

14
242 103
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

15
258 83
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

16
215 119
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
193 117
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

18
218 58
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

19
226 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
154 163
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

21
171 42
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

22
111 136
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
139 114
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

24
188 167
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

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

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147 73
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Small forward, Forward

27
104 124
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 39
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

29
125 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
87 116
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
164 134
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 31
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

33
107 122
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 85
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
62 102
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
120 134
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

37
68 100
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Center

38
68 118
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
62 127
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

40
98 144
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

41
81 26
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 73
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
DeanLegend added Point guard

43
70 95
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
38 55
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
tornadoaid added Shooting guard

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43 96
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward

46
65 98
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

47
77 118
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

48
61 101
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
61 117
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

50
38 72
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward