Last month, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its latest class prompting us to revise our list for the upcoming year.
Recapping, four men from our Basketball list advanced to Springfield and that included our top three (Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson & Yao Ming) and Zelmo Beatty, who was ranked at #20 on our list from last year. With those four out and with new entries eligible, the state of the list has changed. Along with all of your votes and comments, here is the new top ten on the Notinhalloffame.com Basketball List.
#1. Chris Webber
Webber returns to our top spot, though he has never been named a Finalist. This is likely due to his controversy at the University of Michigan, where he was banned from the program for years for accepting money from boosters resulting in the forfeiture of wins and Final Four appearance, though we believe his overall success in the game supersedes that.
#2. Sidney Moncreif
This is Moncreif’s highest rank and the two time Defensive Player of the Year has five post-season All-NBA Selections to his credit.
#3. Jack Sikma
Sikma climbs to the number three spot and is a seven time NBA All-Star.
#4. Mark Aguirre
Three time All Star, and two time NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons, Mark Aguirre also has reached his highest rank since we have created our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball List.
#5. Shawn Kemp
Shawn Kemp reaches the top five for the first time and is a six time NBA All-Star.
#6. Ben Wallace
This is the highest debut for the new list. Ben Wallace is a four time Defensive Player of the Year and made five post season All-NBA Teams. Wallace is also a NBA Champion in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.
#7. Max Zaslofsky
Every year, another rise for four time First Team All-NBA Selection from the 1950’s, Max Zaslofsky.
#8. Tim Hardaway
Hardaway is a former Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Finalist. He is a five time NBA All-Star.
#9. Maurice Lucas
A former NBA Champion with the Portland Trail Blazers, Maurice Lucas made five All Star Teams.
#10. Kevin Johnson
Johnson cracks the top ten for the first time and is a three time All-Star.
While Ben Wallace is the only former player to debut in the top ten, there are three other additions to this year’s list.
#34. Gilbert Arenas
Arenas had a controversial career but he is a former three time Post Season All-Star and at one point in his career seemed like he was on a Hall of Fame path.
#64. Michael Redd
Redd had some good seasons with Milwaukee and is a former Third Team All-NBA Selection.
#76. Antoine Walker
A former Celtic, Walker was a star for a time but is more known for his financial hardships after his career ended.
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