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Basketball List Updated! Allen Iverson now ranked #1

While we know that the Basketball Hall of Fame is the most convoluted of the big four of North American sports, we have noticed that based on our Analytics and feedback, more of you seem to be interested in the sport’s hall.

Saying that, we here at are very excited to unveil the next ranking for the Basketball list culminating in the 100 who we feel should be considered for the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  This was created based on your votes, new eligible players and the removal of those who got in.

Allen Iverson...Eligible!

We kind of knew this already as many of you have seen that we have ranked Allen Iverson at the top of our revised rankings for the Basketball list.  During this past Basketball Hall of Fame weekend, the institution made his eligibility official, a fact that was not made clear to many.

There were two sticking points that cluttered the opinion as to when his eligibility was.

Basketball HOF likely to reduce eligibility wait

This could be huge. is reporting that the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is looking to reduce the years of eligibility following retirement from five years to four years, the main reason being that this will allow five calendar years to take place after a player retires to officially enter the Hall. 

Should this move take place, heavyweight (literally) candidate Shaquille O’Neal will be able to enter the Hall a year earlier as he is currently eligible for the Hall in 2017.  This would also include Yao Ming, which could make next year’s class one for the ages as Allen Iverson is entering his first year of eligibility. 

It is also expected that the direct entry ABA Selection Committee will be dropped, thus rendering anyone with ABA play on their resume to have to gain entry via the main road, the North American Committee, which nominates and inducts players, coaches or contributors from the North American professional, collegiate and high school game.

Once all of this becomes official, we will immediately begin work on revising our Basketball list to reflect the changes.

Preliminary Nominees Announced for the Basketball HOF

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

Geese Ausbie

Bill Bertka

Junior Bridgeman

Irv Brown

Maurice Cheeks: Ranked #18 on

Terry Cummings: Ranked #19 on

Lefty Driesell

Hugh Evans

Bill Fitch

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Darell Garretson

A.C. Green: Ranked #54 on

Tim Hardaway: Ranked #8 on

Del Harris

Robert Hughes

Allen Iverson: Ranked #1 on

Tom Izzo

Kevin Johnson: Ranked #12 on

Marques Johnson: Ranked #24 on

Bobby Jones: Ranked #31 on

Jerry “Tiger” Jones

Gene Keady

Rollie Massimino

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on

Gary McKnight

John McLendon

Danny Miles

Sidney Moncrief: Ranked #4 on

Dick Motta

Swen Nater

Shaquille O’Neal: Ranked #1 on

Mark Price: Ranked #28 on

Glenn Robinson

Lee Rose

Bo Ryan

Jack Sikma: Ranked #5 on

Steve Smith

Fred Snowden

Eddie Sutton

Reggie Theus: Ranked #42 on

Rudy Tomjanovich: Ranked #37 on

Chris Webber: Ranked #4 on

Paul Westphal: Ranked #19 on

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


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


International Committee Nominations

Tal Brody

Jackie Chazalon

Vlade Divac: Ranked #27 on

Nick Galis

Semen Khalipski

Vladimir Kondrashin

Toni Kukoc

Yao Ming: Ranked #3 on

Aldo Ossola

Amaury Pasos

Dino Radja

Manuel Sainz

Togo Soares

Ranko Zeravica

Marcos Leite


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

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


Veterans Committee Nominations

1936 US Olympic Team*

1964 State Dept Basketball Ambassadors

Zelmo Beaty: Ranked #18 on

Ron Boone: Ranked #99 on

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

Warren Jabali

Jimmy Jones

Freddie Lewis

Jim Loscutoff

Loyola of Chicago

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on

Ray Mears

Donald Moore

Willie Naulls: Ranked #92 on

John O’Brien

Philadelphia SPHAS

Mel Riebe

Glenn Roberts

Holcombe Rucker

Kenny Sailors

Fred Schaus

Charlie Scott: Ranked #44 on

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

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.

Shaq and Allen Iverson headline the list of Finalists for the Basketball HOF

It is All Star Game Weekend and as is customary, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists for the 2016 Class, which as expected includes two major names who re now eligible following the decrease by one year of the waiting time following retirement.

Here are the Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists for this year:

Charles “Lefty” Driesell (Coach):  The only coach in NCAA history to take four programs to 100 wins and the only coach to be Conference Coach of the Year in four different conferences.  He has a record of 786 and 394 and is already a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Darrell Garretson (Referee):  A veteran of 27 years as an official in the NBA, refereeing 1,798 Regular Season Games and 269 NBA Playoff Games.

Robert Hughes (Coach):  A high school basketball in Texas for 47 years with 35 district championships and five state championships.  His overall record is 1,333 and 247.

Allen Iverson (Player):  A former MVP and three time First Team All Pro, who carried the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA Final.  He is also a four time Scoring Champion and three time Steals Champion.

Tom Izzo (Coach):  A former NCAA Coach of the Year, Izzo took Michigan State to the NCAA Title in 2000 and seven Final Fours.

Kevin Johnson (Player):  A four time Second Team All-Star and three time All Star, Johnson is primarily responsible for keeping the Sacramento Kings in California’s capital.

John McLendon (Coach):  The first head coach to win three consecutive NAIA Championships when he did so with Tennessee State.  He is a African-American pioneer in coaching.

Shaquille O’Neal (Player):  A four time NBA Champion, O’Neal is a fifteen time All Star and former NBA MVP.

Bo Ryan (Coach):  A four time NCAA Division III Champion (Wisconsin-Platteville) and has taken the University of Wisconsin to two Final Fours.

Eddie Sutton (Coach):  A four time National Coach of the Year and is the first Head Coach to take four teams to the NCAA Tournament.

Leta Andrews, Muffet McGraw, Sheryl Swoopes and the Wayland Baptist University Team are the women’s Finalists. 

This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class will be announced at this year’s Final Four in April.

Shaq headlines this years Basketball HOF Class!

Lock it in.

As is tradition, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced this year’s class hours before the NCAA Championship Game.

As previously reported, Yao Ming is in and there is no surprise that he will joined by two major former stars. 

Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson, who hold the numbers one and two spots respectively on our Basketball List got in on their first try. 

Shaq is a former four time NBA Champion, a former MVP, two time scoring champion and a fifteen time All Star.  O’Neal is without question the most dominant center of his day and one of the top Centers ever.

Iverson, who while he was not a former NBA Champion is also a former NBA MVP and won four scoring titles and went to 11 All Star Games.  In terms of excitement on the court, Iverson had few peers.

While O’Neal, Iverson and Ming are easily the top draws there are still big names who have been selected for this year.

Current Michigan State Head Coach, Tom Izzo enters Springfield and is a former NCAA Champion Coach.  His current record is 524 and 205.

This years female inductee is Sheryl Swoopes, a four time WNBA Champion and three time WNBA MVP.

The remaining inductees this year are former three time ABA All Star, and two time NBA All Star, Zelmo Beaty, Chicago Bulls owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, official, Darrell Garretson, African-American Pioneer, Cumberland Posey and the late African-American Coach, John McLendon.

We will be working on our new Basketball list and it should be unveiled next month.

We would like to congratulate this year’s class and as always we love this time of the year!

The 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame Class is inducted!

It is Basketball Hall of Fame weekend and dare we say that this is perhaps our favorite group since we started our site six years ago.

How can it not be as the top three players on our list, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming, were all selected, and it is hard to think of a triumvirate as different as those three.

Despite there being three first ballot Hall of Famers, there shouldn’t be a question as to which one is the headliner; it is the man who is also the biggest.

Shaquille O’Neal came into the NBA as the first overall draft pick in 1992, and the LSU Tiger did not disappoint.  Instantly, the new Center for the Orlando Magic was a worldwide phenomenon and he took the Magic to the NBA Finals in 1995.  O’Neal would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers later as a free agent and lead them to three NBA Championships, and would later help the Miami Heat win their first title.  Shaq’s trophy chest contains an MVP, 15 All Star Game appearances, 8 First Team All NBA Selections, 2 Second Team All NBA Selections, 4 Third Team All NBA Selections and 2 Scoring Titles.

O’Neal currently is 7th all time in Points, 7th in Blocks and 13th in Rebounds.  He remains a public figure on television most notably with his work on TNT’s Basketball broadcasts.

During the ceremony, O’Neal had the line of the night, thanking Kobe Bryant; “A guy that would push me and help me win three titles in a row (and) he would also help me get pushed off the team and traded to Miami”

While O’Neal was the headliner, Allen Iverson was clearly had the most entertaining speech of the evening.

In a 31 minute monologue, “A.I” covered everything from Michael Jordan, Biggie Smalls, Tupac and Dave Chapelle and reminded everyone why he was not just a basketball superstar but also an urban icon. 

Known mostly for his exploits with the Philadelphia 76ers, “The Answer” took the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals, the same season he won the MVP.  The former Georgetown Hoya won four scoring titles and was named to seven All NBA Teams (three First, three Second and one Third) and was an 11 Time All Star.  Iverson also led the NBA in steals three times.

Yao Ming, from China, becomes the first Chinese player to enter the Hall of Fame.  Largely considered responsible for the basketball boom in China, Ming starred for the Houston Rockets and was chosen an All NBA Second Team member twice and went to eight All Star Games.  The 7’ 6’’ Ming remains a basketball ambassador in China.  Ming took China to three FIBA Asian Championships. 

While there was no doubt that these three were the stars of the show, the Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed many more to Springfield, Massachusetts.

Current Michigan State Men’s Basketball Coach, Tom Izzo was also inducted.  Izzo currently has a 524-205 record and took the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA Title.  He is also a former AP College Coach of the Year.

Sheryl Swoopes is this year’s female entrant.  Swoopes was the first WNBA signee, and won three WNBA MVPS and three Olympic Gold Medals.

Chicago Bulls owner, Jerry Reinsdorf who presided over the Bulls dynasty of the 1990’s was also officially inducted.

The remaining inductees of this years class were 27 year veteran referee, Darrel Garretson, Early African-American Selection, Cumberland Posey, John McLendon, who is entering for the second time as a coach (he was previously inducted as a contributor) and Zelmo Beaty, who is a member of the all-time ABA Team.

We here at would like to congratulate this class and we look forward to continuing the debate as to who should go in next!

Awards = HOF? Part Thirteen: The NBA All Star Game MVP

We here at thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.

Awards = HOF? Part Seventeen: The NBA Rookie of the Year

We here at thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.
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