There are 12 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year, and some are obvious choices to make it in this year.
These figures were instrumental in making the game better on either the college or professional level, if not both, and it is only fair that they get their due credit by earning eternal enshrinement in Springfield, Massachusetts.
One of the most notable names on the ballot this year is that of former point guard and NBA veteran Gary Payton (pictured), whose combination of tough-as-nails defense and effective scoring and distribution made him a household name over the course of 17 NBA seasons.
One of his contemporaries, who will be discussed shortly, is also on the ballot.
On the coaching side, some absolute legends are also up for induction. In their department, it's even harder to pick who should get into the Hall of Fame, as each candidate has left their mark in their own unique way.
Just the same, it's clear which individuals should be inducted this year. The voting process and criteria both may be mysterious and vague, but that should not stop the best of the best from getting their due credit.