With your Center, you hope that he can give you a double-double on a somewhat regular basis.  Sikma averaged that seven times as a SuperSonic all of which saw him go to the All Star Game.
The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced their preliminary candidates for the 2016 Class.  As announced earlier, the Hall has reduced the amount of wait time from five years to four years after retirement.



Here is the complete list of nominated players/coaches/contributors:



North American Committee Nominations

Mark Aguirre: Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com

Geese Ausbie

Bill Bertka

Junior Bridgeman

Irv Brown

Maurice Cheeks: Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com

Terry Cummings: Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com

Lefty Driesell

Hugh Evans

Bill Fitch

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Darell Garretson

A.C. Green: Ranked #54 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tim Hardaway: Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com

Del Harris

Robert Hughes

Allen Iverson: Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tom Izzo

Kevin Johnson: Ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com

Marques Johnson: Ranked #24 on Notinhalloffame.com

Bobby Jones: Ranked #31 on Notinhalloffame.com

Jerry “Tiger” Jones

Gene Keady

Rollie Massimino

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com

Gary McKnight

John McLendon

Danny Miles

Sidney Moncrief: Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com

Dick Motta

Swen Nater

Shaquille O’Neal: Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com

Mark Price: Ranked #28 on Notinhalloffame.com

Glenn Robinson

Lee Rose

Bo Ryan

Jack Sikma: Ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com

Steve Smith

Fred Snowden

Eddie Sutton

Reggie Theus: Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com

Rudy Tomjanovich: Ranked #37 on Notinhallofffame.com

Chris Webber: Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com

Paul Westphal: Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com



Women’s Committee Nominations

Leta Andrews

Jennifer Azzi

Rebecca Lobo

Muffet McGraw

Susie McConnell

Pearl Moore

Kim Mulkey

Harley Redin

Theresa Shank

Marianne Stanley

Barbara Stevens

Sheryl Swoopes

Wayland Baptist

Theresa Weatherspoon



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

Early African-American Pioneers Committee Nominations

Clarence “Puggy” Bell

Sonny Boswell

Zack Clayton

Chuck Cooper

Bill Garrett

Inman Jackson

Clarence “Fats” Jenkins

Bucky Lew

Dave Minor

Hudson Oliver

Cumberland Posey Jr.

Al “Runt” Pullins

James “Pappy” Ricks

Paul Robeson

Eyre Saitch

William “Wee Willie” Smith



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

International Committee Nominations

Tal Brody

Jackie Chazalon

Vlade Divac: Ranked #27 on Notinhalloffame.com

Nick Galis

Semen Khalipski

Vladimir Kondrashin

Toni Kukoc

Yao Ming: Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com

Aldo Ossola

Amaury Pasos

Dino Radja

Manuel Sainz

Togo Soares

Ranko Zeravica

Marcos Leite



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

Contributor Committee Nominations

Marv Albert

Al Attles

Dick Baumgartner

Marty Blake

Vic Bubas

Wayne Duke

Harry Glickman

Marty Glickman

Curt Gowdy

Tim Grgurich

Mannie Jackson

Tom Jernstedt

Johnny “Red” Kerr: Ranked 53 on Notinhalloffame.com

John Kline

Red Klotz

Jerry Krause

Jack McCloskey

Johnny Most

Dennis Murphy

Joe O’Toole

Billy Packer

Jerry Reinsdorf

Zelda Spoelstra

Jim Valvano

Donnie Walsh

Frank Walsh



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

Veterans Committee Nominations

1936 US Olympic Team*

1964 State Dept Basketball Ambassadors

Zelmo Beaty: Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com

Ron Boone: Ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com

Sid Borgia

Carl Braun

Frank Brian                             

Joe Caldwell

Mack Calvin

Charles Eckman

Leroy Edwards

Leo Ferris

Clarence “Bevo” Francis

Buck Freeman

Donnie Freeman

Travis Grant

Bob Grody

Joe Hammond

Robert Harrison

Flo Harvey

Cam Henderson

Robert Hopkins

Lou Hudson: Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com

Warren Jabali

Jimmy Jones

Freddie Lewis

Jim Loscutoff

Loyola of Chicago

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com

Ray Mears

Donald Moore

Willie Naulls: Ranked #92 on Notinhalloffame.com

John O’Brien

Philadelphia SPHAS

Mel Riebe

Glenn Roberts

Holcombe Rucker

Kenny Sailors

Fred Schaus

Charlie Scott: Ranked #44 on Notinhalloffame.com

Kenny Sears

Frank Selvy

George Senesky

Paul Seymour

Charles Siler

Talvin Skinner

Ken Suesens

Tennessee A&I

Dick Van Arsdale

Tom Van Arsdale

Willie Wise

Max Zaslofsky: Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com





The Finalists will be announced during All Star Weekend in Toronto on February 12.  The Class of 2016 will be announced at the Final Four in Houston on April 4.





We are thrilled here at Notinhalloffame.com to unveil our latest major update to the site.

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.



You know what we want you to do!  

Check out the new rankings and entries and give us your comments and thoughts!







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. 
Always onward and upward for us here at Notinhalloffame.com!

We are ready to unveil a new Top 50, and again it comes from the hardwood.  It is the Top 50 of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Originally, the Seattle SuperSonics, the franchise would win the NBA Championship in 1979, the year after they went to their first NBA Finals.  The Sonics would again go to the Finals in 1996, though would lose to the juggernaut that was the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls.

As much as the Seattle fans supported their team, a new ownership group from Oklahoma City purchased the team and brought the franchise to the state of Oklahoma, the first major franchise to arrive there. 

Now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder, “OKC” would go to the Finals, though they would fall short against the Miami Heat.

As the city of Seattle owns the rights to the Sonics name, a new team in the Emerald City would revert the history of this team in Seattle away from the Thunder, however as it stands now, this list begins from 1967, when Seattle first gained a team.

The entire list can be found here but for those who want a sneak peak, the top five are:

1. Gary Payton
2. Kevin Durant
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Jack Sikma
5. Shawn Kemp

This list takes into account traditional statistics, advanced metrics and playoff performance.

It is up to the end of the 2015-16 Season.

Up next will be another NBA team, with the Atlanta Hawks.



As always with us at Notinhalloffame.com it is always a continuing process!

When one Hall of Fame Class gets in, we need to look at updating our respective lists.  As such, we are proud to announce that we have updated our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball List.

The recent class only claimed two former players off of the ranking, Tracy McGrady (#2) and George McGinnis (#12) but there are quite a few former players who we feel are deserving of a rank and much like the other lists, we have plans to increase the number from the even 100 to 200.  For now, we now have a less than perfect number of 106, but that will only be a temporary number.

Let’s get to the new rankings shall we?

Although our #1 was not chosen, we have a new star at the top of our perch.  Five time First Team All NBA Selection Jason Kidd debuts at #1.  The current coach of the Milwaukee Bucks is a ten time All Star and is currently #2 all-time in Steals and Assists. 

Chris Webber was ranked #1 last year, and he drops to #2.  We have been long since championing Webber for the Hall, and while he did not get selected last year, he finally was named a Finalist for the first time, which at least gives us reason to be optimistic. 

At #3, we have another new entrant, Grant Hill.  A two time NCAA Champion at Duke, Hill was a major star in the NBA, tallying seven trips to the All Star Game, until severe injuries took him off of that level, though this is still a man who played 18 years in the NBA.

While there are many new entrants, only Jason Kidd and Grant Hill crack the top ten.

Seven Time Al-Star Jack Sikma remains in the #4 spot.  Sikma helped the Seattle SuperSonics win the NBA Championship.

Sidney Moncrief dropped two spots to #5.  While he dropped here (mostly due to the eligibility of Kidd and Hill) he is coming off being named a Finalist.

Former multi-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace swapped places with former Seattle star, Shawn Kemp at #6 and #7 respectively. 

Max Zaslofsky remains at number 8.  Zaslofsky was a First Team All BAA/NBA Selection from the 1946-47 season to the 1949-50 season.

Two time NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons, Mark Aguire tumbled from #5 to #9.  Aguire was also a three time All Star.

Tim Hardaway completes the top 10.  Hardaway, a five time All Star was a Finalist last year.

There are additional new entries to discuss.

The master of the technical foul, Rasheed Wallace enters at #22.  Wallace was a star for both Portland and Detroit, the latter of with he helped take to an NBA Championship.

Two time All Star Jerry Stackhouse debuts at #49 and bookending the #50 rank is new entry Marcus Camby.  Camby’s rank is a little interesting considering he was never an All Star, but he is a former two-time Defensive Player of the Year and also won the Naismith College Player of the Year when he was at UMass.

The other new entries are Richard Hamilton (#75) and Lamar Odom (#104).

You know what we want you to do!



The updated list can be found here and we encourage all of you to vote and state your opinions!

4. Jack Sikma

Jack Sikma came from small Illinois Wesleyan but the Seattle Supersonics saw enough potential to draft him number 8 overall in 1977. He did not disappoint.  Sikma quickly became a starter and was a vital cog in the Sonics run to back to back finals in the late 70's.  They won it all in 79 and Sikma became hugely popular in the Emerald City.  With his ability to take defenders outside and torch them with a great long range jumper plus his workmanlike inside game, Sikma was part of a new wave of inside-outside big men who took over the league.  To show how good of a shooter Sikma was, he holds the distinction of being the only center to lead the league in free throw shooting at 92.2 in 87-88 and shot 84 percent for his career form the charity stripe.  A 7 time All-Star combined with career numbers of 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds should get Sikma into the hall of fame; soon.