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. 
Again, can we say how much we love “Hall of Fame Season”?

As is tradition, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced their finalists on NBA Hall of Fame weekend, and for us the biggest news is that Chris Webber is finally a Finalist. 

Let’s take a look at this year’s Finalists:

Hugh Evans.  Evans was a referee in the NBA from 1972 to 2001.

Tim Hardaway.  A return Finalist, Hardaway is a five time All Star and is ranked #9 by us on Notinhalloffame.com.

Robert Hughes.  Hughes is one of the most successful High School Coaches in history.

Rebecca Lobo.  The star of the 1995 University of Connecticut Women’s NCAA Team, Lobo would also win an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA in 1996 and was a one time WNBA All Star.

Rollie Massimino.  The longtime coach of Keiser University.

Tracy McGrady.  A two time NBA Scoring Champion and seven time All Star, McGrady is ranked #2 on our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list.  McGrady is also a two time First Team All-NBA Selection.

Muffet McGraw.  The long time and still head coach of Notre Dame, McGraw took the Fighting Irish to a title in 2001.

Sidney Moncrief.  Ranked #3 on our Notinhalloffame.com list, Moncrief was a two time Defensive Player of the Year and was a five time All Star.

Kim Mulkey.  The only woman to win a NCAA Women’s Title as a player, Assistant Coach and Head Coach, Mulkey has been the Head Coach at Baylor since 2000.

Bo Ryan.  Ryan is a previous Finalist and had over 700 NCAA coaching wins.  He won four titles in Division III.

Bill Self.  Self won the NCAA Championship at Kansas in 2008 and has a record of 613-190 at this time. 

Rudy TomjanovichRanked #32 on our Notinhalloffame.com list, Rudy T, coached the Houston Rockets to back to back titles and was a five time All Star as a player. 

Wayland Baptist University.  Another return nominee, Wayland Baptist University are ten time AAU Champions.

Chris WebberRanked #1 by us on Notinhalloffame.com, the former star of Michigan’s “Fab Five”, Webber averaged over 20 Points per Game in the NBA and was a former Rookie of the Year.  Webber also is a five time post season All-NBA selection.

So, which ones will get in?

We will find in early April during the Final Four.
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!

10. Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway was the catalyst of the famed Run TMC (with Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond) for the Golden State Warriors that took the NBA by storm in the early 90s.  Hardaway was a point guard who set the running style of the Warriors in motion.  When traded to Miami in 96, Hardaway teamed with Alonzo Mourning to make the Heat title contenders.  Hardaway was also a great perimeter shooter who opponents could not leave open and he became the undisputed master of the crossover dribble with his mad dashes to the basket.  A 5 time All-Star and 5 time All NBA performer, Hardaway definitely has the credentials statistically with over 15,000 points and 7,000 assists.  Best remembered for his ability to get to the hoop and then dish, Hardaway is one of the best pure point guards in league history and arguably the best at his position not in the Basketball Hall of Fame.