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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827 145
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
704 71
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

3
647 99
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
557 95
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
519 169
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
438 188
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
467 139
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
333 156
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
382 137
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
376 147
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

11
372 157
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
305 122
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
290 121
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

14
309 97
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

15
306 194
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

16
240 138
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
297 74
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
279 69
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

19
227 141
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

20
227 53
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

21
188 187
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

22
130 158
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
183 89
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Small forward, Forward

24
163 135
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

25
207 190
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

26
211 51
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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122 145
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

29
184 46
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

30
143 107
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Joe Schollmeier added Point guard

31
102 136
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
174 156
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

33
123 140
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

34
120 101
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
74 121
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
130 151
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

37
80 115
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Center

38
76 133
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
98 37
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
71 142
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

41
83 107
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Shooting guard

42
73 89
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
103 162
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

44
48 69
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
tornadoaid added Shooting guard

45
72 114
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

46
72 111
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
48 109
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward

48
83 133
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

49
49 85
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

50
57 20
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
TRENT13 added Power forward, Center