basketball People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame  

Pedro Cerrano
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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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591 96
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Steve Nash Point guard

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438 47
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Dirk Nowitzki Power forward

3
401 64
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard

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345 57
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Paul Pierce Small forward

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347 101
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

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286 143
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

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293 95
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Chris Paul Point guard

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258 87
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

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210 109
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

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239 104
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Yao Ming Center

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250 119
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

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188 77
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

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217 142
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Sidney Moncrief Shooting guard

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183 79
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

Famous Men Who Married Much Younger Women

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179 64
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Tony Parker Point guard

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162 91
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

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138 89
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Chris Bosh Power forward

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138 41
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

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131 42
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Kevin Durant Small forward

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107 26
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
James Harden Shooting guard

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101 130
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

The Best Current NBA Centers

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83 102
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

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100 81
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Bill Laimbeer Center

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157 143
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Maurice Cheeks Point guard

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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

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99 46
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Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

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79 91
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

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115 23
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

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91 63
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Joe Schollmeier added Muggsy Bogues Point guard

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140 112
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

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67 83
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
marcosiahaan1 added Kevin Johnson Point guard

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96 20
Manu GinĂ³bili is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Manu GinĂ³bili Shooting guard

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80 62
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Larry Nance Power forward, Center

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81 99
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Tom Chambers Power forward, Center

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109 111
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

The Best American Poets

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46 76
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Stephon Marbury Point guard, Shooting guard

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53 69
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

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57 91
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

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49 46
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
DeanLegend added Jason Williams Point guard

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92 119
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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29 33
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

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53 102
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Jack Sikma Power forward, Center

The Tragic Plane Crash That Almost Destroyed The Entire Professional Wrestling Industry

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55 74
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

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36 71
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Bobby Jones Small forward

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53 77
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Shawn Marion Small forward, Power forward

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68 98
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Mark Jackson Point guard

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48 16
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Penny Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard

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54 77
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
slaft added Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

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54 97
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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17 22
Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Lou Hudson Shooting guard, Small forward