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10 Current NBA Players Who Are Hall of Fame Locks

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2012

10 Current NBA Players Who Are Hall of Fame Locks

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    The ultimate honor for an NBA player is being elected into the Hall of Fame.

    MVP awards, All-Star selections and championship rings are great to have under your belt, but election into The Hall is what truly solidifies a legacy.

    Elections into the Hall of Fame are anything but a dime a dozen, yet there are a number of current NBA stars who are locks to join the prominent list of inductees when their career is over.

Ray Allen

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    Ray Allen hasn't won any MVP awards, but he is still a future Hall of Famer.

    For his career, Allen has maintained an average of 20 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He is one of the biggest long-range threats the game has ever seen, knocking down over 40 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

    Allen has 10 All-Star selections and one NBA championship to his name. His resume seems to pale in comparison to many others, but his accolades don't even begin to tell the story of how efficient a player he is.

    That said, the fact that he has made the most three-pointers out of anyone in NBA history only helps further his case.

    The shooting guard has not stockpiled a surplus of awards, but remains a lock to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

Dwyane Wade

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    Even before joining forces with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade never received enough credit for what he has done for the Heat.

    The 30-year-old Wade has posted a career average of 25.3 points, 6.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is unstoppable once he gets in the paint, can defend all five positions and is one of the most efficient rebounding guards the league has ever seen.

    Wade has been selected to eight All-Star games, won the All-Star MVP and Finals MVP, and unlike his partner in crime, he has an NBA championship ring to his name.

    The shooting guard will face more than his fair share of criticism for opting to team up with James, but that will never change what he done or what he will continue to do.

    A Hall of Fame induction is most certainly in his future.

Jason Kidd

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    Jason Kidd may be a shell of his former self, but his former self was amazing.

    As one of the greatest playmakers in the game, Kidd has posted a career average of 13 points, nine assists and 6.4 rebounds per game.

    Kidd could always put up points in bunches, but preferred to create for his teammates. His level of unselfishness is only matched by Steve Nash, and his natural basketball instincts are surpassed by no one.

    Despite the absence of any MVP award, the point guard was crowned Rookie of the Year, won an NBA title in 2011 and has a plethora of All-NBA and All-Defensive honors to his name.

    Kidd's understated accolades will not go overlooked once he retires, as he is poised to join some of the game's greatest in the NBA Hall of Fame.

Paul Pierce

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    There's a long list of reasons why the Celtics opted not to break up their aging core this season, and one of them is Paul Pierce.

    Pierce has proven to be one of the most effective scorers in NBA history, posting a career average of 22 points and six rebounds per game. He's at his best with a hand in his face and has exhibited a Kobe Bryant-like instinct to close.

    Aside from his 10 All-Star selections, Pierce led Boston to an NBA championship back in 2008, claiming the series MVP in the process.

    The Celtics' forward has never been as athletic as LeBron James or Bryant, but "The Truth" is, he hasn't needed to. He's a future Hall of Famer anyway. 

Tim Duncan

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    Tim Duncan, while often underrated, is one of the best big men to ever set foot on the hardwood.

    Duncan has posted a career average of 20.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He is one of the most efficient players on both ends of the floor and uses the glass unlike anyone else we have seen.

    The lifelong Spur's resume includes 13 NBA All-Star selections, a Rookie of the Year award, four championship rings, three finals MVPs and a league MVP.

    Duncan's game is understated, but the results he yields are prolific. He is a lock to cap off his legacy with a Hall of Fame induction down the road. 

Steve Nash

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    Steve Nash is one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game, but he often gets sidestepped in the Hall of Fame discussion.

    Not here.

    For his career, Nash has averaged 14.5 points and 8.6 assists per game. His court vision is unmatchable and his ability to defy the laws of age exceed staggering.

    Nash has yet to win an NBA championship, but he has seven All-Star selections and two league MVPs to his name. He is also on the all-time assists leader board with a better-than-average chance of moving up.

    The aging—but not declining—star has been a team player his entire career, but there will come a time down the road when he receives the ultimate recognition for his outstanding individual accomplishments.

Kevin Garnett

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    Love him or hate him, Kevin Garnett is a future Hall of Famer.

    To date, Garnett is averaging 19.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for his career. He is one of the fiercest big men in the history of the game and has exuded dominance on both sides of the ball for nearly two decades.

    Aside from a plethora of All-NBA and All-Defensive honors, Garnett has been selected to 13 All-Star games, won the Defensive Player of the Year award, taken home a league MVP and snagged one championship ring.

    Garnett, more likely than not, will be remembered for his flamboyant attitude and questionable intimidation tactics.

    Eventually though, a Hall of Fame induction will be added to the docket. 

Dirk Nowitzki

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    Dirk Nowitzki is an absolute workhorse, and upon retirement, his impact on the game will not be overlooked.

    Nowitzki has posted a career stat line of 22.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and one block per game. He is as dangerous a scorer as there is, and has rendered it acceptable for seven-footers to shoot from the outside.

    In addition to his 11 All-Star selections, Nowitzki is the recipient of a league MVP, a finals MVP, a championship ring and an ever growing list of All-NBA honors.

    There are few players in the history of the game who have proven to be as tough as Nowitzki. After nearly a decade-and-a-half, he continues to shoulder the burden of an entire team on his own.

    And as we witnessed last season in the NBA Finals, it's a career-long reality he embraces, and one that will land him in the Hall of Fame.

LeBron James

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    LeBron James is one of the most hated players to ever take the court, but his talent is undeniable, to both supporters and hecklers alike.

    James has posted a career average of 27 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game thus far, dominating the stat lines on a daily basis. He is a threat to score from anywhere on the court, and is an impeccable perimeter defender.

    The King's resume includes a Rookie of the Year, eight All-Star selections, two All-Star MVPs and two league MVPs, and a bounty of All-NBA and All-Defensive honors.

    A championship ring has eluded James so far, but regardless of whether or not he gets to hoist up the Larry O'Brien Trophy, he has ensured himself a place in the most prominent spot of Massachusetts. 

Kobe Bryant

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    There isn't an active player in the NBA that deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame more than Kobe Bryant.

    For his career, Bryant has averaged 25.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He is one of greatest scorers in NBA history, remains an underrated passer, defends off the ball as well as anyone and hardly ever fails to deliver in crunch time.

    Over the past 15 years, Bryant has established quite a lengthy list of accolades. He has been selected to a record-tying 14 straight All-Star games, won four All-Star MVPs, two finals MVPs, a league MVP and five championships. He also ranks fifth amongst the NBA's all-time scoring leaders.

    While the Black Mamba's career has seen its share of trials, tribulations and scandals, his resume speaks for himself, and it doesn't take an expert to see he is Hall of Fame-bound.

     

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