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People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

Updated July 3, 2020 30.8k votes 2.7k voters 23.7k 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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  • Steve Nash1
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    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Inducted in 2018

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    #4 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#396 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Dirk Nowitzki2
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    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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    #42 of 60 Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport#17 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

  • Dwyane Wade3
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    Dwyane Wade

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

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    #451 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#57 of 65 Who Is The Most Charming Man Alive?

  • Paul Pierce4
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    Paul Pierce

    Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #7 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#3 of 49 The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time

  • Dennis Rodman5
    1,726
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    voting closed at #5

    Dennis Rodman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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

    Inducted in 2011

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    #671 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#31 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Tony Parker6
    570
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    Tony Parker

    Point guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Number9

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    #5 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#21 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Shawn Kemp7
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    Shawn Kemp

    Power forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceElkhart, Indiana

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

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    #40 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#4 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s

  • Chris Webber8
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    Chris Webber

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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

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    #2 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#21 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Tim Hardaway9
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    Tim Hardaway

    Point guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

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    #15 of 24 The Best NCAA Point Guards of the '80s#6 of 13 The 13 Worst In-Season NBA Trades

  • Manu Ginóbili10
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    Manu Ginóbili

    Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceBahía Blanca, Argentina

    Number20

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    #66 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball#1 of 27 The Greatest South American NBA Players

  • Chauncey Billups11
    539
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    Chauncey Billups

    Point guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Number1

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

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    #48 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team#9 of 28 The Best NCAA Point Guards of the '90s

  • Ben Wallace12
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    Ben Wallace

    Power forward, Center

    Age45

    BirthplaceWhite Hall, Alabama

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

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    #29 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#31 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Chris Bosh13
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    Chris Bosh

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsToronto Raptors

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    #123 of 126 The All-Time Best Voice Actors#4 of 27 The Greatest Georgia Tech Basketball Players of All Time

  • Sidney Moncrief14
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    voting closed at #14

    Sidney Moncrief

    Shooting guard

    Age62

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks

    Inducted in 2019

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    #46 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#1 of 33 The Greatest Arkansas Basketball Players of All Time

  • Grant Hill15
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    voting closed at #15

    Grant Hill

    Small forward

    Age47

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

    Inducted in 2018

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    #43 of 71 Mormon Politicians#3 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time

  • Yao Ming16
    571
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    voting closed at #16

    Yao Ming

    Center

    Age39

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    Inducted in 2016

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    #24 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#8 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Robert Horry17
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    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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    #46 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#14 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

  • Mark Price18
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    Mark Price

    Point guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceBartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

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

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    #12 of 20 The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History#4 of 121 The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

  • Mitch Richmond19
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    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

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    #10 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#7 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Muggsy Bogues20
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    Muggsy Bogues

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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

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    #18 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#12 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

  • Amar'e Stoudemire21
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    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Power forward, Center

    Age38

    BirthplaceLake Wales, Florida, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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    #41 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#1 of 25 The Greatest Jewish NBA Players Of All Time

  • Maurice Cheeks22
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    Maurice Cheeks

    Point guard

    Age63

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

    Inducted in 2018

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    #13 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#514 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • Bill Laimbeer23
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    Age62

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

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    #8 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s#22 of 53 The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas

  • George McGinnis24
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    George McGinnis

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    Inducted in 2017

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    #92 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#120 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Horace Grant25
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    Horace Grant

    Power forward, Center

    Age54

    BirthplaceAugusta, Georgia

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls

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    #31 of 80 Twins in Sports#14 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s