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People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame  

Aaron Hager
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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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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard, Shooting guard
2
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward
3
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
4
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward
5
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
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
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
eblack added Power forward
8
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
9
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
PhilGrambau added Point guard
10
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center
11
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Point guard
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, Center
13
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
14
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center
15
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard
16
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Point guard
17
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Small forward
18
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard
19
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward
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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Power forward, Center
21
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Small forward
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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
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shooting guard
24
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Center
25
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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Inducted in 2014