basketball People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame  

Pedro Cerrano
Originally by
18.5k votes 1.4k voters 16.2k views 87 items

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!

1
629 104
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Steve Nash Point guard

2
443 68
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard

3
480 50
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Dirk Nowitzki Power forward

4
376 63
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Paul Pierce Small forward

5
374 113
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward

6
310 148
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Chris Webber Power forward, Center

7
321 101
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Chris Paul Point guard

8
281 94
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Tim Hardaway Point guard

9
230 116
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
PhilGrambau added Chauncey Billups Point guard

10
265 108
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Yao Ming Center

11
273 123
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Shawn Kemp Power forward

12
208 81
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Ben Wallace Power forward, Center

13
235 150
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Sidney Moncrief Shooting guard

14
201 84
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Pau Gasol Power forward, Center

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

15
203 71
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Tony Parker Point guard

16
178 99
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Grant Hill Small forward

17
153 97
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Chris Bosh Power forward

18
163 47
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard

19
154 48
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Kevin Durant Small forward

20
115 137
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

21
123 31
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
James Harden Shooting guard

The Best Current NBA Centers

22
92 110
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Horace Grant Power forward, Center

23
115 88
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Bill Laimbeer Center

24
167 148
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Maurice Cheeks 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 Mitch Richmond Shooting guard - Inducted in 2014

26
112 56
Ranker Video
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

27
85 102
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

28
131 28
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Russell Westbrook Point guard

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

29
74 89
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Kevin Johnson Point guard

30
148 115
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
George McGinnis Power forward, Center

31
96 73
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Joe Schollmeier added Muggsy Bogues Point guard

32
89 104
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Tom Chambers Power forward, Center

33
110 26
Manu GinĂ³bili is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Manu GinĂ³bili Shooting guard

34
88 68
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Larry Nance Power forward, Center

35
51 83
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Stephon Marbury Point guard, Shooting guard

The Best Sunscreen Brands

36
110 117
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

37
56 79
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Vlade Divac Center

38
60 98
Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Bob Dandridge Shooting guard, Small forward

39
94 126
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

40
57 107
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Jack Sikma Power forward, Center

41
33 38
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
tornadoaid added Hal Greer Shooting guard

42
51 56
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
DeanLegend added Jason Williams Point guard

Baseball Players With The All-Time Weirdest Superstitions

43
39 78
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Bobby Jones Small forward

44
58 17
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Penny Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard

45
61 80
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

46
57 83
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

47
72 104
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Mark Jackson Point guard

48
54 87
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shawn Marion Small forward, Power forward

49
57 104
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

50
31 37
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Mark Aguirre Small forward