Hall of Fame related lists are at the forefront of what we do. Hell, it is in the name of our site; Notinhalloffame.com!
The problem (or actually our perpetual joy) is that we have to continuously revise lists, most of them annually. With the ones in reference to the main Halls of Fame, we try to tackle the revisions immediately. With that in mind, we are pleased to have our new Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list of those to consider for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Before we get into it, please note that this list only covers the male candidates. We may look at doing a separate list for coaches, international, and women, but for now we will remain with this core list.
As always, the first thing we do is remove those who were chosen for the incoming class. This involved the removal of our top three, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, all of which were in their first year of eligibility. We should note that while Rudy Tomjanavich was also chosen for Springfield, he did so as a Coach, and in the Basketball Hall, you can enter multiple times as a Coach and as a Player.
The second thing we do is input the new entries who are now eligible and are worthy of being ranked.
The third is look at your comments and votes and alter accordingly.
The complete list can be found here, but below are the former players who now comprise our new top ten.
Paul Pierce debuts at #1, and is our highest ranked new entry. Pierce was a ten-time All-Star, and was chosen for four All-NBA Teams (one Second Team and three Third Team). Pierce was a teammate of this year’s inductee, Kevin Garnett, in Boston, and he was the Finals MVP in their Championship win in 2008.
Chris Bosh moved from #4 to #2. Bosh was openly upset when he was not included in this list of Finalists for the 2020 Hall of Fame Class, but we suspect this was to hold him back for a class with Pierce. The former Raptor and Heat player, was an 11-time All-Star and won two NBA Championships with Miami.
Chris Webber climbs back to #3 from #5. Webber was the leader of the Michigan’s “Fab Five”, and was the NBA Rookie of the Year. C-Webb was a five-time All-Star, and was once a First Team All-NBA Selection, as well as a three-time Second Team All-NBA Selection. Webber was at one time ranked number one on this list.
Ben Wallace moves up two spots to #4. Wallace was a part of the Detroit Pistons 2004 NBA Championship, and he was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The four-time All-Star was a three-time Second Team All-NBA and a two-time Third Team All-NBA Selection.
Shawn Kemp rose three to #5. The former Seattle SuperSonic went to six All-Star Games, and was chosen for three-time Second Team squads.
Max Zaslofsky also went up three spots from #9 to #6. Zaslofsky was a four-time First Team All-NBA player in the 1940s and 1950s.
Mark Aguirre climbed to #7 from #10. The former Naismith College Player of the Year, won two NBA Championships as a Detroit Piston, and he was also a three-time All-Star.
Tim Hardaway returns to the top ten, moving up to #8. The former five-time All-Star was a star at Golden State, and he was also a First Team All-NBA player in 1997.
Lou Hudson shot up from #16 to #9. Hudson was a six-time All-Star.
Bob Dandridge closes the top ten, and he rose from #13. He was a four-time All-Star, and he won two NBA Titles, one with Milwaukee and one with Washington.
There are two new entries.
At present, the list goes to 115. In the future, the intent is to bring it to 150, where it will be capped at that number.
You know what we want you to do!
Take a look at the new list, and cast your votes and offer your opinions.
As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you for your support.