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People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

Updated July 3, 2020 24.8k votes 2.7k voters 23.4k views56 items

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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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  • 1
    Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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    107

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

  • 2
    Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    1,180
    141

    Dwyane Wade

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • 3
    Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    1,116
    218

    voting closed at #3

    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Inducted in 2018

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    #4 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#56 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • 4
    Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    912
    198

    Paul Pierce

    Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #10 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#6 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

  • 5
    Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    576
    153

    Tony Parker

    Point guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Number9

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    #10 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#22 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • 6
    Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    755
    277

    voting closed at #6

    Dennis Rodman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

    Inducted in 2011

  • 7
    Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    617
    209

    Tim Hardaway

    Point guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

  • 8
    Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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    228

    Shawn Kemp

    Power forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceElkhart, Indiana

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

  • 9
    Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    688
    272

    Chris Webber

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

  • 10
    Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    375
    82

    Manu Ginóbili

    Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceBahía Blanca, Argentina

    Number20

  • 11
    Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    601
    221

    voting closed at #11

    Yao Ming

    Center

    Age39

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    Inducted in 2016

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    #16 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#12 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • 12
    Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    524
    211

    Ben Wallace

    Power forward, Center

    Age45

    BirthplaceWhite Hall, Alabama

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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    #15 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#29 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • 13
    Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    551
    251

    Chauncey Billups

    Point guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Number1

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

  • 14
    Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    418
    229

    Chris Bosh

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsToronto Raptors

  • 15
    Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    358
    250

    voting closed at #15

    Sidney Moncrief

    Shooting guard

    Age62

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks

    Inducted in 2019

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    #45 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#210 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • 16
    Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    348
    177

    voting closed at #16

    Grant Hill

    Small forward

    Age47

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

    Inducted in 2018

  • 17
    George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    447
    179

    voting closed at #17

    George McGinnis

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    Inducted in 2017

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    #122 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#111 of 765 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • 18
    Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    97
    66

    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

  • 19
    Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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    65

    voting closed at #19

    Mitch Richmond

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

    Inducted in 2014

  • 20
    Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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    60

    Mark Price

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

  • 21
    Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    261
    155

    voting closed at #21

    Vlade Divac

    Center

    Age52

    BirthplacePrijepolje, Serbia

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

    Inducted in 2019

  • 22
    Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    158
    136

    voting closed at #22

    Bobby Jones

    Small forward

    Age68

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    Inducted in 2019

  • 23
    Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    253
    202

    Muggsy Bogues

    Point guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

  • 24
    Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
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    243

    Age62

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

  • 25
    Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
    255
    184

    voting closed at #25

    Paul Westphal

    Inducted in 2019

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