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People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame 

Aaron Hager
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Updated July 3, 2020 34.2k votes 2.6k voters 22.9k views 64 items

List Rules Only those players eligible as Basketball HOF nominees through the 2020 class

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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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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward from Würzburg, Germany

Age: 41

Number: 41

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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#31 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #31 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #2 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

2
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 3

Teams: Miami Heat

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#1,948 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #23 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #68 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

3
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #3 Point guard from Johannesburg, South Africa

Age: 45

Number: 10

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

Inducted in 2018

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#384 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #24 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

4
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#1,978 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #42 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #7 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

5
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #6 Small forward and Power forward from Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

Inducted in 2011

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#1,483 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #51 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #26 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

6
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

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#42 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #65 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #31 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

7
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
8
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 53

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

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#69 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #19 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #191 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

9
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #9 Center from Shanghai, China

Age: 39

Teams: Houston Rockets

Inducted in 2016

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#10 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #67 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #16 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Power forward from Elkhart, Indiana

Age: 50

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

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#1,891 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #59 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #48 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

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Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
PhilGrambau added Point guard from Denver, Colorado

Age: 43

Number: 1

Teams: Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

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#79 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #50 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #21 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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

Age: 45

Teams: Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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#20 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #87 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #31 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

13
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #13 Shooting guard from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 62

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks

Inducted in 2019

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#667 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #639 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #36 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

14
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward from Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 1

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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#40 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #84 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #86 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

15
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #15 slaft added Small forward from Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Age: 47

Number: 33

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

Inducted in 2018

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#72 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #20 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Timelisted on Mormon Politicians

16
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard from Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Age: 42

Number: 20

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#57 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #4 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

17
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Joe Schollmeier added Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

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#1,869 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #95 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #30 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

18
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward and Center from Lake Wales, Florida, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 1

Teams: Phoenix Suns

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#45 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #98 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #19 of 72 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time

19
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #25 Power forward and Center from Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 69

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

Inducted in 2017

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#142 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time #119 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

20
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #20 Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 63

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

Inducted in 2018

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#1,893 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #105 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #35 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

21
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Age: 62

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

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#34 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #34 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #113 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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

Age: 54

Teams: Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls

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#108 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #32 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Timelisted on Twins in Sports

23
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

Age: 55

Teams: Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

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#31 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #109 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #26 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

24
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
voting closed at #25 eblack added Shooting guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

Inducted in 2014

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#102 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #83 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #21 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
WMs8 added Small forward and Power forward from Maryland, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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#111 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #30 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #16 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time