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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860 148
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
744 71
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

3
681 101
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
588 97
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
544 179
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
462 193
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
489 146
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
353 161
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
400 145
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard

10
402 151
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

11
392 163
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
320 132
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
321 198
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

14
305 129
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

15
327 102
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

16
255 142
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
319 79
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

18
244 147
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

19
299 75
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

20
249 57
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

21
199 198
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

22
138 169
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
197 95
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Small forward, Forward

24
174 143
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

25
234 53
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard