NBA Power Rankings: Rating Chances for Top 25 Players to Get into Hall of Fame

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2011

NBA Power Rankings: Rating Chances for Top 25 Players to Get into Hall of Fame

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    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 09:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates with fans after the won 112-103 against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    Dirk Nowitzki had an incredible posteason in 2011.  No one can deny that.  If the prospect of him landing in the Basketball Hall of Fame was a question before this year, it shouldn't be now.

    Obviously, Dirk isn't the only player in the NBA right now who figures to be enshrined one day.

    Here are the top 25 players in the NBA today and their odds for making it into the Hall of Fame...

     

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25: Monta Ellis

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 24:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors in action against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena on January 24, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or us
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    Odds: five percent

    Ellis is one of the best scorers in the league, but his peak years may already be behind him and he's toiled in relative obscurity so far (by no fault of his own).

24: Kevin Love

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05:  Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on March 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this P
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    Odds: 15 percent

    Kevin Love could easily be the game's best rebounder over the next seven or eight years. It's too early to say for sure, but if that happens, the Hall of Fame should be within reach.

23: Tony Parker

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 27:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antionio Spurs reacts to a call during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Anto
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    Odds: 50 percent

    Tony Parker has been an extremely important piece to one of this era's dynasties.  He's won three titles and one Finals MVP Award.

    His chances of landing in the Hall of Fame could be greatly affected either way over the next few years as it looks like he's about to get traded from the Spurs.

22: Kevin Garnett

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 07: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics heads out during player introductions in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User exp
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    Odds: 100 percent

    Kevin Garnett was the best power forward in the world for the better of the decade, and he led the Celtics to a title in his first year in Boston.  His Hall of Fame fate is sealed.

21: Blake Griffin

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 07:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers fights for position against DJ White #8 and teammate Gerald Henderson #15 of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 7, 2011 in Charlotte, North C
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    Odds: 20 percent

    Blake Griffin's rookie year was historically great, but it was just one year.  Hopefully, he'll add to his initial success each and every year he's in the league.

20: Rajon Rondo

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is
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    Odds: 10 percent

    It will be interesting to see what happens with Rajon Rondo's career when the "Big Three" officially retire.

    Will his numbers explode with the added responsibility?  Or will they fall off when he has less talent to distribute the ball to?

    As it stands right now, he's really only had two good individual seasons.

19: Tim Duncan

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 27:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antionio Spurs warms up prior to his game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, T
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    Odds: 100 percent

    Plenty of people regard Tim Duncan as the greatest power forward in NBA history.

    He's been to 13 All-Star games, won four titles, two league MVPs and three Finals MVPs. He's going to the Hall of Fame.

18: Zach Randolph

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  Forward Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, O
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    Odds: 10 percent

    Zach Randolph is one of the best big men in today's NBA, but he's basically spent his entire career under the radar.

    Even if he kept up his current production (20 and 12) over the next four or five years, he might still be somewhat obscure in the minds of Hall of Fame voters.

17: Paul Pierce

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 09:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics reacts after the loss to the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Miami Heat defeat
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    Odds: 95 percent

    Paul Pierce has somewhat quietly become one of the most productive Celtics of all time. His championship in 2008 sealed his Hall of Fame fate.

16: Manu Ginobili

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 27:  Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antionio Spurs shoots over Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Antonio,
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    Odds: 50 percent

    Manu was a crucial part of three championship teams with the San Antonio Spurs, and he's one of the best sixth men to ever play the game.

    Statistically, his numbers don't grab you (15.3 points a game for his career), but his legacy is about a lot more than numbers.

15: Russell Westbrook

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 25, 201
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    Odds: five percent

    Based on raw talent, Westbrook is certainly one of the league's best players.  He has a lot of work to do on the psychological side of the game.

    It's way too early to predict his Hall of Fame future.

14: Steve Nash

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 13:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns gives thumbs up during the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center on April 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downlo
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    Odds: 99 percent

    Despite playing several years at a sub-Hall of Fame level, I would be shocked if Steve Nash didn't get in.

    Since he joined the Suns in 2004, he's been the absolute best offensive point guard in the NBA and has led the league in assists in five of the last seven seasons.

    It looks like he may end his career without a title, but that shouldn't keep him out.

13: LaMarcus Aldridge

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    PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 21:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2011 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. NOTE
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    Odds: 10 percent

    LaMarcus Aldridge may be the most underrated player in the NBA right now.  Offensively, he is a complete package for a power forward.

    He can score from anywhere inside the three-point line and still has a lot of time to develop defensively and as a rebounder.

12: Pau Gasol

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the second half while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, Ca
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    Odds: 60 percent

    A lot of people are down on Pau Gasol right now, but let's not forget all that he's accomplished just because he had one bad postseason.

    First of all, Kobe Bryant didn't win a title post-Shaq until Pau came to town.  He's been the perfect second option for the Lakers over the last few years.  His willingness to defer to Kobe has helped keep the superstar happy.

    His Laker averages are better than 18 points and 10 rebounds a game.

11: Amar'e Stoudemire

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Ce
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    Odds: 50 percent

    Amar'e still hasn't developed the kind of edge on defense and the boards that he needs to be considered truly great, but he may have more natural talent than any big man in the NBA.

    The combination of size, athleticism and coordination with this guy is unreal—and it's always on display on offense.

    If Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e can motivate each other to become great defenders, they may win a title or two.  If that happens, Amare's Hall of Fame odds will jump way up.

10: Derrick Rose

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    Odds: 50 percent

    I know Rose has been in the league for the same amount of time as Westbrook.  His Hall of Fame odds are 10 times better than Westbrook's because he's already shown he has the mental toughness to be a superstar in the NBA.

    He almost single-handedly carried the Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals as a 22-year-old.  He's going to get better and should have a long and outstanding career.

    Oh yeah, he's also the youngest league MVP of all time.

9: Carmelo Anthony

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks brings the ball up court agaist the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York
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    Odds: 90 percent

    Carmelo is one of the most gifted scorers in the NBA.  After eight years in the league, he's averaging 25 points and six rebounds a game.

    His legacy will largely be defined over the next several years with one of the most prominent franchises in the NBA.

    Like I said on the Amar'e Stoudemire slide, a title or two will improve Melo's Hall of Fame odds. 

8: Deron Williams

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    Odds: 95 percent

    Deron Williams has been one of the top two point guards in the NBA over the last four years.  If he keeps up his 20 and 10 production over the next few years, he'll almost be a lock for the Hall of Fame.

    The effect Williams has on his teammates is amazing.  For the evidence of that, just look at how the Jazz and Nets changed after D-Will was traded from the former to the latter.

7: Dirk Nowitzki

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    MIAMI, FL - JUNE 11:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks smiles during practice prior to Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena on June 11, 2011 in miami, Florida. Game 6 will be played on June 12. NOTE
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    Odds: 100 percent

    I'd like to think Dirk was a lock for the Hall of Fame even before he won his first title.  This season certainly sealed the deal for any doubters.

    He proved that he's one of the greatest players of all time by gutting it out with the same team for 13 years and earning a championship the right way.

6: Chris Paul

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets reacts late in the fourth quarter while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at Staples Cente
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    Odds: 95 percent

    Chris Paul had a down year in a new system that didn't really promote the kind of production we're used to seeing.

    I have a feeling he'll be off to a bigger market soon.  If he lands in New York with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, he could post some outrageous assist numbers.

    Plus, he'd be the kind of defensive leader the Knicks need to win a championship.

5: Kevin Durant

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after the Thunder were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks 100-96 in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 25, 201
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    Odds: 60 percent

    Kevin Durant's only been in the league for four years, but he's already become the best pure scorer in the world.  Considering his youth (22 years old), there's still a chance injuries or something else might derail his career.

    If he can avoid all that, he'll almost certainly find himself in the Hall of Fame one day.

4: Dwight Howard

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    Odds: 99 percent

    Dwight Howard has been the best center in the world for at least the last four years, and he's only 25 years old.

    He should be dominating the rest of the league's big men on both ends of the floor over the next five or six years.  

    I don't think he has to have a title to get into the Hall of Fame, but I'm sure he wouldn't mind one.

3: Kobe Bryant

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 08:  Kobe Bryant #25 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    Odds: 100 percent

    Kobe Bryant isn't just a lock for the Hall of Fame.  By the time he's done, he might be a lock as one of the five to 10 greatest players of all time.

    He has been in 13 All-Star games, won five NBA championships and is sixth on the all-time scoring list.

2: Dwyane Wade

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    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 05:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on as the Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 5, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agr
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    Odds: 100 percent

    Dwyane Wade may be better than Kobe Bryant right now, but he has a very long way to go before he's anywhere near Kobe's career legacy.

    Even if Wade wins four or five more titles with LeBron, they'll be a little tainted because of the utter disdain much of the sports world has for this team.

    No matter what happens from this point though, he's already a lock for the Hall of Fame.

1: LeBron James

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    MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat walks into the interview room to answer questions after the Heat were defeated 105-95 by the Dallas Mavericks in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami,
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    Odds: 100 percent

    In terms of raw, natural talent, LeBron James could very well be unmatched.  No one has ever possessed such an unbelievable combination of size and athleticism.

    What LeBron lacks will be discussed ad nauseum over the next several months (and possibly years).

    Even if he never develops the killer instinct he needs to win a championship, he'll get into the Hall of Fame based on talent alone.