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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753 127
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

2
566 85
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
613 60
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

4
491 78
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

5
467 141
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
394 169
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
416 121
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

8
294 142
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
344 119
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
336 131
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

11
328 144
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
266 107
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
277 178
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

14
252 107
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

15
268 86
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

16
219 125
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
198 123
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward

18
229 59
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward

19
239 66
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
158 169
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

21
180 45
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

22
114 140
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
141 118
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center

24
191 172
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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106 128
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

27
150 77
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Small forward, Forward

28
130 87
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Joe Schollmeier added Point guard

29
176 42
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

30
88 119
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
165 138
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

32
156 34
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard

33
109 125
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

34
105 87
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
62 105
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
120 137
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

37
69 103
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Center

38
68 121
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
62 130
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center

40
66 75
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
98 147
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

42
84 28
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard

43
71 98
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
43 99
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward

45
65 101
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward, Power forward

46
79 120
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard

47
38 58
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
tornadoaid added Shooting guard

48
62 104
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
61 120
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

50
38 75
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward