Every year, while the Hall Of Fame enshrinements are going on, talk about which active players will be Hall of Famers when always comes up. All week we have been hearing about who will make it and who won't. Some lists are right on—and some are pretty questionable—but here is the accurate list of which NBA players will get a spot in Springfield when their careers are over.
Hands down the most dominating player ever, Shaq has done it all and is arguably one of the five greatest players ever. He is one of the most entertaining athletes in history. His resume's pretty good as well: 28,255 career points, 12,291 career rebounds, and 2,690 blocks, as well as career averages of 24.1 ppg and 11.0 rpg.
You can also add the following:
- 15 All-Star appearances,
- three All-Star MVPs,
- 1993 Rookie of the Year,
- 2000 NBA MVP,
- four-time NBA Champion
- three-time NBA Finals MVP.
People criticize Shaq for bouncing from team to team at the end of his career but once he leaves the game for good he will be missed and believe me when I say this, there will never be another Shaquille O'Neal.
He is the best basketball player since Michael Jordan. The abilities, the shots he hits, the clutch. Bryant is the hardest-working player of his generation and is the perfect player.
He's tall, quick, strong and skilled. Kobe is probably the one player that can make the Hall of Fame without any accolades but that won't be the case. Kobe has done it all:
- 81 points in a game,
- 25,790 career points, 10-time All-NBA Defensive selection,
- 12-time All-NBA Selection,
- 12-time All-Star,
- three-time All-Star Game MVP,
- two-time scoring champion,
- 2008 NBA MVP,
- five-time NBA Champion,and
- two-time NBA Finals MVP.
Bryant arguably may have the best career actively and with about four good years left in him, he can still go down as the greatest ever.
The Big Fundamental, the ultimate winner. Tim Duncan breathes excellence and he may just piss excellence as well. There have been few guys who have won like Tim.
Duncan has done it all:
- 20,641 career points,
- 11,335 career rebounds,
- 13-time All-NBA selection,
- 1997 Rookie of the Year,
- 2000 All-Star Game MVP,
- three-time NBA Finals MVP,
- four-time NBA Champion (he's never lost in the Finals), and
- two-time NBA MVP.
Hands down, he is the best power forward to ever play the game of basketball. He is the most humble player in the league and we won't ever see someone this low profile yet this successful in the NBA.
Tim Duncan is truly one of a kind.
The greatest little man ever, his trend-setting revolutionized the game and he won't be forgotten because of that.
Statistically, AI is the best player since Mike, despite being just 6'0" and 165 lbs he will go down as one of the 25 greatest players in NBA history.
Just look at his resume: 24,368 career points,5,624 career assists, and 1,983 career steals. Career averages of 27 ppg, 6.2 apg, and 2.2 spg; playoff scoring average of 30 ppg (2nd all-time).
And let's not forget:
- 1996 NBA Rookie of the year,
- seven-time All-NBA,
- 11-time NBA All-Star,
- two-time All-Star Game MVP,
- three-time steals champion,
- four-time NBA Scoring Champion, and
- 2001 NBA MVP.
Andre Aldridge of NBA TV said it best: "Iverson's resume is like a Jay-Z record." AI is legendary, there won't ever be another athlete like him.
Kevin Garnett is one of a kind. He has accomplished it all and is the ultimate warrior of the NBA. He is one of the three greatest power forwards of all-time and probably the most passionate player ever.
- 22,267 career points,
- 12,188 career rebounds,
- 13-time All-Star,
- 2003 All-Star Game MVP,
- 10-time All-NBA Defensive team,
- 2008 Defensive Player of the Year,
- 2004 NBA MVP and
- 2008 NBA Champion.
Garnett revolutionized the power forward position. His postgame speech after winning the championship in 2008 gave goosebumps to every one of his fans.
LeBron's accomplishments in seven years: 15,251 career points, 3,810 assists, and 3,861 rebounds. He has career averages of 27.8 ppg, 7.0 apgm, and 7.0 rpg.
Add to that:
- 2003-04 NBA Rookie of the Year,
- six-time NBA All-Star,
- two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP,
- 2008 NBA Scoring Champion,
- two-time NBA MVP.
In just seven seasons, he is already one of the 30 greatest ever and a lock for the Hall. Hate on him for "The Decision" all you want but in seven more years we could be adding five championships and five Finals MVPs to this list with 15,000 more points, 4,000 more assists, and 4,000 more rebounds.
If things go as expected in Miami, LeBron has a chance to go down as the greatest player ever.
Nash is going down as one of the five greatest point guards of all time. Even though he doesn't have outstanding career averages he, is still a lock for the Hall Of Fame. When he got to Phoenix, his career took off:
- seven-time NBA All-Star,
- four-time assists champion, and
- two-time NBA MVP (back to back).
Yes, many would argue that he isn't a lock but he is. Nash may not have the numbers or all the accolades, but one thing he can say is he has more MVPs then Kobe, Shaq, AI, KG, and Dirk Nowitzki.
Now that says something, eh?
Just like Nash, he will go down as one of the five greatest point guards of all-time:
- 10,923 career assists (second all-time),
- 7,853 rebounds,
- 105 career triple-doubles (third all-time)
- 10 All-Star selections,
- 10 All-NBA selections, and
- 1995 Rookie of the Year Award.
J-Kidd is a lock.
Disco Dirk, like KG, has changed the power forward position. For some reason, Dirk is always forgotten and his amazing career is ignored. But he is a lock for the Hall of Fame. His resume of 21,111 career points, nine NBA All-Star appearances, and a 2007 NBA MVP, make him the best shooting big man of all-time.
He has a Championship, a Finals MVP, and is one of the biggest winners of his generation.
He has a Finals MVP, a Championship, eight All-Star selections, and will get 20,000 points next season. Pierce should be a Hall of Famer, but you just can't call him a lock.
A Championship, Finals MVP, six All-Star selections, All-Star Game MVP, and about nine good years left in his career should make Wade a Hall of Famer but like Pierce, you can't call him a lock just yet. In another three seasons, D-Wade will probably have made himself a lock and if the Heat go onto win eight championships like LeBron said, then I guess this is just Wade's warm up.
20,965 career points, nine All-Star selections, a Championship, and second all-time on three pointers make Ray a probable.
Just not a lock.
If the Lakers win two more Championships, Pau, already playing a key part in two Championships, might get in.
He was a key part to three titles for the Spurs. Who knows, maybe Ginobli is a late bloomer like Nash and his career will take off when Tim Duncan retires.
A Finals MVP and three titles, make Tony P a maybe.
I don't get why all of the lists I have read don't even mention Vince, but then again the media doesn't really like him. He will reach 20,000 points next season, he's the most exciting player ever, he has eight All-Star selections, and a Rookie of the Year award. If the Magic win a title and VC has a key part in it, then he will make it.
So there it is, it's not right to include guys like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony right now because nobody knows how their careers will shape out. But as of right now, this is the list of guys that are Locks, Almost Ins, or Maybes for the Hall of Fame.
This generation was filled with stars and so too is the generation coming up. In three years, we can probably add guys like Chris, Dwight, Durant, Melo, and Rondo to these lists.
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