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
787 133
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
657 64
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

3
605 92
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
524 87
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
490 157
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
418 178
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
445 126
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
360 127
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
312 148
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
354 136
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

11
349 149
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
287 112
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
267 113
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

14
286 89
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

15
290 186
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

16
226 129
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
212 130
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

18
251 64
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

19
262 70
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
200 48
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

21
172 178
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

22
121 148
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
164 81
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Small forward, Forward

24
198 180
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

25
149 127
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

26
190 47
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

27
36 31
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 27 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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170 37
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

29
138 95
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
111 137
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

31
97 126
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard

32
171 146
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

33
115 131
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

34
111 95
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
69 112
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
124 145
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

37
73 109
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Center

38
72 127
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
90 33
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

40
69 82
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
DeanLegend added Point guard

41
65 136
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

42
100 154
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

43
76 102
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
69 104
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

45
42 63
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
tornadoaid added Shooting guard

46
82 125
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

47
66 108
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

48
45 103
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward

49
32 45
Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard, Small forward

50
42 80
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward