The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is continuing in on the fun in this “Hall of Fame” Season.
The following have been named as Finalists for the Class of 2017.
Mark Aguire. A three time All Star and two time NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons. He is a former #1 Pick out of DePaul. Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Gesse Ausbie. A former Harlem Globetrotter for twenty-five years (1961-1985).
Bill Bertha. A former Assistant Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and Executive for the New Orleans Jazz.
Muggsy Bogues. A former pint sized Point Guard who may have been the smallest on the court but was a popular player and excellent one at that.
Junior Bridgeman. A two-time MVC Player of the Year and twelve year NBA veteran, predominantly with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Irv Brown, a longtime referee and broadcaster.
Maurice Cheeks. A Champion with the Philadelphia 76ers and 4 time All Star known for his defensive acumen. Cheeks also had success as a coach in the NBA. Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Terry Cummings. A former NBA Rookie of the Year who was chosen for two post season All-NBA Teams. Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Lefty Drissell. A former NCAA Coach with a record of 786 and 394. He is most known for his 18 seasons as the head coach of Maryland.
Hugh Evans. A former NBA Referee from 1972 to 2001.
Bill Fitch. A long time NBA Coach who won the NBA Title with the Boston Celtics in 1981 and was named the NBA Coach of the Year twice.
Cotton Fitzsimmons. A two time NBA Coach of the Year who helmed the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Kansas City Kings and the San Antonio Spurs.
Tim Hardaway. A former Point Guard who went to five All Star Games and was named to five All-NBA Teams. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Del Harris. A former NBA Head Coach who was named Coach of the Year in 1995. He had the coaching duties of the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Robert Hughes. A former High School Head Coach who has the most wins in High School Basketball history.
Kevin Johnson. A former five time post season All-NBA Selection and three time All Star. Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Marques Johnson. A former star at UCLA and former five time All Star. Ranked #26 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Bobby Jones. A former four time All-Star and NBA Champion with the Philadelphia 76ers. Ranked #24 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Jerry Jones. A long time women’s basketball coach.
Gene Keady. A former college coach mostly known for his twenty-five year run with Purdue. Keady is a seven time Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Rollie Massimino. A college coach who won the NCAA Title with Villanova in 1985.
Tracy McGrady. A former Shooting Guard who went to seven All Star Games and was named to seven post season All-NBA teams. Ranked #2 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Gary McKnight. Another successful High School Basketball Coach.
Danny Miles. The Coach of Oregon Tech from 1971 to 2016. Miles has over 1,000 Wins and three Division II Championships.
Sidney Moncreif. A former two time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and five time NBA All Star. Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Dick Motta. A successful Head Coach who was a former NBA Coach of the Year and NBA Champion with the Washington Bullets.
Swen Nater. The only player to have led both the ABA and NBA in Rebounds. Nater is a former ABA Rookie of the Year and two time NCAA Champion with UCLA.
Jake O’Donnell. A former NBA referee for twenty-eight seasons.
Jim Phelan. The Head Coach for Mount St. Mary’s from 1954 to 2003. He took them to a NCAA Division II Title in 1962.
Mark Price. A four time All Star and four time post season All-NBA Selection. Ranked #27 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Jere Quinn. A Head Coach for thirty-eight years at St. Thomas More Prep.
Glenn Robinson. The current Head Coach at Franklin & Marshall since 1971 and the all-time leader in wins in Division III.
Lee Rose. A former Head Coach in College (UNC Charlotte, Purdue and South Florida) and an Assistant Coach in the NBA.
Bo Ryan. A four time NCAA Division III Champion at Wisconsin-Platteville who also took The University of Wisconsin to two Final Fours.
Bob Saulsbury. A former Head Coach at Wilbur Cross Prep.
Bill Self. The current Head Coach of the Kansas Jayhawks and NCAA winner in 2008.
Jack Sikma. A seven time All Star who won the NBA Championship with the Seattle SuperSonics. Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Steve Smith. The Head Coach at Oak Hill Academy and four time USA Today Coach of the Year.
Fred Snowden. The first African American Head Coach at a major University (Arizona) and a former WAC Coach of the Year.
Harry Statham. The Head Coach for McKendrie University since 1966. He has over 1,100 Wins.
Eddie Sutton. A former NCAA College Coach with over 800 Wins. Sutton most notably coached for Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State and is a two time NCAA Coach of the Year.
Rudy Tomjanovich. A two time NBA Championship Coach with the Houston Rockets and nominated as a Coach. As a player (where he is ranked by us) he is a five time NBA All Star. Ranked #32 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Ben Wallace. A four time All Star and four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year who also helped the Detroit Pistons win the NBA Title in 2004. Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Chris Webber. A former star at the University of Michigan who would win the NBA Rookie of the Year and go to five All Star Games and earn five post season All-NBA Teams. Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Paul Westphal. A former five time All Star who won a NBA Title with the Boston Celtics. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Note that the Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list only ranks players.
This list will be paired down to a much smaller number of Finalists, which will be announced early next year.