Of the four Halls of Fame comprising the “Big Four” of the North American sports, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is the one that is the hardest for many casual fans to figure out.

Established in 1959, though there was no physical building for a decade, the Basketball Hall of Fame would take root in Springfield, Massachusetts.  While the popularity of Basketball has skyrocketed over the past 20 years, the Hall of Fame has not grown nearly at the same pace.

Why is that?

It is because the very thing that was designed to make it special is what makes it convoluted.

The Baseball Hall of Fame, with the primary exception of the Negro Leagues, focuses only on those who participated in Major League Baseball.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame only looks at the National Football League.

The Hockey Hall of Fame doe look at International contributions but with the exception of two players who played their career in the Soviet Red Army, all players had at one time plied their trade in the National Hockey League.  

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame looks at everything.  This includes College, International, Women and in some cases High School.  

Every year, there are finalists where even the most devote basketball fans are trying to figure out who those people are, and when that happens, the cache value of the Hall naturally shrinks.  

For our purposes, we will only look at those who were in the National Basketball Association as let’s face it…that is what most of us care about the most!

Until then, go for the three!


The Committee
One of the true gentlemen of the sport, Ron Boone was one of the few players who when the leagues merged who still had a productive career in the NBA.  A star in the ABA, Boone finished third all time in career points for that classic league.  He also made four All-Star games, had one First Team selection and was also an integral part of the Utah Stars championship in 1971. He finished with over…
A seventh round draft choice out of Division II Buffalo, Smith was an iron man playing for the small market Buffalo Braves and then the Clippers when the team moved west.  Smith set the league consecutive game mark of 906 (since broken by A.C. Green).  As Bob McAdoo's sidekick in crime, Randy Smith and the Braves were actually contenders in the mid 70's and he showed he belonged with the big boys especially in the…
A Power Forward/Center with excellent defensive prowess, Clifford Robinson played in what seemed like a ton of games in the National Basketball Association. Robinson was never a player who was ever considered the best on any of his teams, but was a baller who instantly made a team better on both ends of the court. He had his best years in Portland and was rewarded with the Sixth Man of the Year Award. He did…
Jeff Malone was just another pedestrian shooting guard who will never get in though he scored over 17,000 points at a 19 point per game average.  If you look at the previous entry, the Hall of Fame just does not like shooters.
Len “Truck” Robinson fit his nickname and could very well be the very definition of a power forward.  He was a “truck” underneath, using his incredible strength to dominate.  A great rebounder Truck also had the ability to score and developed a great mid range game.  Injuries limited his career totals and this will hurt his chances, however fans of the NBA before the Bird-Magic liftoff remember how dominant he could be.
The X-Man was the first player in NCAA history to lead the country in both scoring and rebounding; McDaniel was a stud at Wichita State.  His pro career was solid as a forward who used his emotions to his advantage and was as tough as he looked.  A legend in Seattle especially after his wonderful cameo in the Grunge movie Singles where during a fantasy sequence, one of the male leads (played by Campbell Scott)…
Mr. Phoenix Sun.  The team leader in several categories Alvan Adams came from Oklahoma as fourth overall pick in 1975 and made an instant impact.  He led the Suns to the NBA Finals in his rookie year and they almost pulled off an improbable upset of the Celtics. 
A great shooter throughout his long career, Johnson scored more points (over 19,000) of any player never to make an All-Star game.  Please do not confuse him with Fast Eddie Johnson, the point guard and a criminal who is incarcerated for life in Florida for many crimes. This Eddie is the real deal and a great player who was clutch throughout his career and had the smoothest jump shot this side of Silk Wilkes.
Johnny Green was an undersized power forward (even for the 50’s and 60’s) who was a hard worker under the boards and earned four All-Star game appearances in a long career.  His career stats are what keep him in the discussion; but it won’t get him discussed much.
If you can forget how he flamed out in the NBA and his disastrous marriage to Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom had some very good years, specifically with the Los Angeles Lakers whom he helped to win two NBA Championships. Odom put up some solid defensive rebound stats and owns a respectable 13.3 Points per Game Average and a career PER of 16.5. Odom also won the prestigious NBA 6th Man of the Year Award in…
The first player from Turkey to make the NBA, Hedo Turkoglu was not just a footnote but was a bona fide player in the league. Turkoglu would emerge as a solid player during his tenure with the Orlando Magic and was able to spread the game internationally.
A powerful force in the paint, Antonio McDyess had a very good career going until 2001 when a severe knee injury rendered him only part of the player he used to be. Prior to that, he was really coming into his own with capable blocking and boarding skills and was rewarded with his first All Star appearance and a spot on the American Dream Team. He would rehab himself back into the rotation by totally…
One of the great power forwards of the 70’s and 80’s. Dan Roundfield could rebound and score but is most famous for his ability to defend.  One of the best shot blockers at his position, Roundfield earned first team All NBA honors in 1980 and made three All-Star teams as well as being a perennial member of the All Defensive team. Underrated and playing in the obscurity of Atlanta, only his peers really knew how…
Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 2005 off of a solid collegiate run with both Bradley and New Mexico, Danny Granger would have three seasons in the National Basketball Association where he exceeded 20 Points per Game, and two of them had a PPG over 24. The Small Forward holds the distinction of being the only player in NBA history to grow his PPG by 5 or more annually three years in a row.  He…