10 Recent Players Who Should Make The Hall Of Fame

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Yao’s induction is highly likely, but the debate rages on about his actual impact on the court.

While he spent several seasons as one of (if not the) best centers in the NBA, his constant play with the Chinese national team wore on Yao’s massive frame. He’d become a regular injury liability for Houston, before eventually missing entire seasons and retiring at 29.

Ironically, Yao’s international dominance and status as an ambassador to a hoops-crazy nation of 2 billion people will likely be what buoys him into the Hall. Had he been given a break from basketball, he may have been remembered for much more by NBA fans.

Yao’s induction is highly likely, but the debate rages on about his actual impact on the court.

While he spent several seasons as one of (if not the) best centers in the NBA, his constant play with the Chinese national team wore on Yao’s massive frame. He’d become a regular injury liability for Houston, before eventually missing entire seasons and retiring at 29.

Ironically, Yao’s international dominance and status as an ambassador to a hoops-crazy nation of 2 billion people will likely be what buoys him into the Hall. Had he been given a break from basketball, he may have been remembered for much more by NBA fans.

Yao’s induction is highly likely, but the debate rages on about his actual impact on the court.

While he spent several seasons as one of (if not the) best centers in the NBA, his constant play with the Chinese national team wore on Yao’s massive frame. He’d become a regular injury liability for Houston, before eventually missing entire seasons and retiring at 29.

Ironically, Yao’s international dominance and status as an ambassador to a hoops-crazy nation of 2 billion people will likely be what buoys him into the Hall. Had he been given a break from basketball, he may have been remembered for much more by NBA fans.

Webber’s status poses intangible dilemmas. He spent the prime of his career as a perennial All-Star and elite power forward in the position’s most competitive era. He was also the star of a Kings team that was a serious threat for years in the deep West.

His tenure at Michigan was a dominant romp as the rock of the iconic Fab Five, who are forever immortalized in basketball, college sports, hip-hop and pop culture lore. 

He seems like a shoe-in, until one considers that little incident where he illegally (as backwards as the term may be in college sports) took six figures from booster Ed Martin, then lied to a grand jury about it and was indicted, forcing Michigan to remove their Final Four banners, and banish him for a decade.

Webber’s case is only weakened by his consistent inability to win and tendency to shy away from big plays; the insidious final possession of his college career – to this day his most memorable moment - was a sign of things to come. 

Webber’s status poses intangible dilemmas. He spent the prime of his career as a perennial All-Star and elite power forward in the position’s most competitive era. He was also the star of a Kings team that was a serious threat for years in the deep West.

His tenure at Michigan was a dominant romp as the rock of the iconic Fab Five, who are forever immortalized in basketball, college sports, hip-hop and pop culture lore. 

He seems like a shoe-in, until one considers that little incident where he illegally (as backwards as the term may be in college sports) took six figures from booster Ed Martin, then lied to a grand jury about it and was indicted, forcing Michigan to remove their Final Four banners, and banish him for a decade.

Webber’s case is only weakened by his consistent inability to win and tendency to shy away from big plays; the insidious final possession of his college career – to this day his most memorable moment - was a sign of things to come. 

Webber’s status poses intangible dilemmas. He spent the prime of his career as a perennial All-Star and elite power forward in the position’s most competitive era. He was also the star of a Kings team that was a serious threat for years in the deep West.

His tenure at Michigan was a dominant romp as the rock of the iconic Fab Five, who are forever immortalized in basketball, college sports, hip-hop and pop culture lore. 

He seems like a shoe-in, until one considers that little incident where he illegally (as backwards as the term may be in college sports) took six figures from booster Ed Martin, then lied to a grand jury about it and was indicted, forcing Michigan to remove their Final Four banners, and banish him for a decade.

Webber’s case is only weakened by his consistent inability to win and tendency to shy away from big plays; the insidious final possession of his college career – to this day his most memorable moment - was a sign of things to come. 

The Fear of Zaire towered over the NBA as one of the most legendary defenders basketball has ever seen. His shot-blocking was even more lethal than his elbows, and he held court as one of the best rebounders for most of his career. While he’s a four-time DPOY, two critical elements to his Hall of Fame case are missing: a championship and an offensive game.

A career 9.8ppg scorer who thrived mostly on second-chance points, Mutombo also spent most of his career on mediocre teams that - aside from Denver’s upset of Seattle in 1994 – rarely left an impression in the Playoffs. Deke’s two Finals appearances were drubbings by the Lakers and Spurs back when the West ran things in the Avon Barksdale days of the early 00’s.

What he might lack in those departments, he’s made up for as one of basketball’s most philanthropic leaders; not only a charitable worker but diplomatic speaker, and a good ambassador of the game around the World for many years.

The Fear of Zaire towered over the NBA as one of the most legendary defenders basketball has ever seen. His shot-blocking was even more lethal than his elbows, and he held court as one of the best rebounders for most of his career. While he’s a four-time DPOY, two critical elements to his Hall of Fame case are missing: a championship and an offensive game.

A career 9.8ppg scorer who thrived mostly on second-chance points, Mutombo also spent most of his career on mediocre teams that - aside from Denver’s upset of Seattle in 1994 – rarely left an impression in the Playoffs. Deke’s two Finals appearances were drubbings by the Lakers and Spurs back when the West ran things in the Avon Barksdale days of the early 00’s.

What he might lack in those departments, he’s made up for as one of basketball’s most philanthropic leaders; not only a charitable worker but diplomatic speaker, and a good ambassador of the game around the World for many years.

The Fear of Zaire towered over the NBA as one of the most legendary defenders basketball has ever seen. His shot-blocking was even more lethal than his elbows, and he held court as one of the best rebounders for most of his career. While he’s a four-time DPOY, two critical elements to his Hall of Fame case are missing: a championship and an offensive game.

A career 9.8ppg scorer who thrived mostly on second-chance points, Mutombo also spent most of his career on mediocre teams that - aside from Denver’s upset of Seattle in 1994 – rarely left an impression in the Playoffs. Deke’s two Finals appearances were drubbings by the Lakers and Spurs back when the West ran things in the Avon Barksdale days of the early 00’s.

What he might lack in those departments, he’s made up for as one of basketball’s most philanthropic leaders; not only a charitable worker but diplomatic speaker, and a good ambassador of the game around the World for many years.

While relatively young on this list, Bosh stuck his own ostrich-esque neck into this debate earlier this year by proclaiming himself “a lock” for the Hall of Fame, perhaps confusing himself for someone more qualified.

Stat metrics and projections aside, while Bosh is a perennial All-Star who already has two rings in his fist, he’ll be remembered historically among the NBA’s all-time best 3rd Bananas, more so than a player who carved his own niche.

Whether Bosh ultimately winds up eating his words remains years down the road, but his HOF legacy will never eclipse his reputation as one of NBA's court jesters if he continues insisting on making himself such a target.

While relatively young on this list, Bosh stuck his own ostrich-esque neck into this debate earlier this year by proclaiming himself “a lock” for the Hall of Fame, perhaps confusing himself for someone more qualified.

Stat metrics and projections aside, while Bosh is a perennial All-Star who already has two rings in his fist, he’ll be remembered historically among the NBA’s all-time best 3rd Bananas, more so than a player who carved his own niche.

Whether Bosh ultimately winds up eating his words remains years down the road, but his HOF legacy will never eclipse his reputation as one of NBA's court jesters if he continues insisting on making himself such a target.

While relatively young on this list, Bosh stuck his own ostrich-esque neck into this debate earlier this year by proclaiming himself “a lock” for the Hall of Fame, perhaps confusing himself for someone more qualified.

Stat metrics and projections aside, while Bosh is a perennial All-Star who already has two rings in his fist, he’ll be remembered historically among the NBA’s all-time best 3rd Bananas, more so than a player who carved his own niche.

Whether Bosh ultimately winds up eating his words remains years down the road, but his HOF legacy will never eclipse his reputation as one of NBA's court jesters if he continues insisting on making himself such a target.

Everyone knows Hill’s unfortunate story, which came to an end this summer.

What remains unknown is whether his early career was prolific enough – and his recovery from debilitating injury stoic enough – for him to bust through the Hall’s doors, or whether that legacy exploded along with his ankle.

Hill’s collegiate efforts at Duke and years with the Pistons had him on course for first-ballot status, but there’s no denying that he was never the same player again after the spring of 2000.

Despite soldiering through several gruelling rehab stints, and returning to a productive and lengthy NBA career, Hill remains somewhat of a question mark for the Hall.

Everyone knows Hill’s unfortunate story, which came to an end this summer.

What remains unknown is whether his early career was prolific enough – and his recovery from debilitating injury stoic enough – for him to bust through the Hall’s doors, or whether that legacy exploded along with his ankle.

Hill’s collegiate efforts at Duke and years with the Pistons had him on course for first-ballot status, but there’s no denying that he was never the same player again after the spring of 2000.

Despite soldiering through several gruelling rehab stints, and returning to a productive and lengthy NBA career, Hill remains somewhat of a question mark for the Hall.

Everyone knows Hill’s unfortunate story, which came to an end this summer.

What remains unknown is whether his early career was prolific enough – and his recovery from debilitating injury stoic enough – for him to bust through the Hall’s doors, or whether that legacy exploded along with his ankle.

Hill’s collegiate efforts at Duke and years with the Pistons had him on course for first-ballot status, but there’s no denying that he was never the same player again after the spring of 2000.

Despite soldiering through several gruelling rehab stints, and returning to a productive and lengthy NBA career, Hill remains somewhat of a question mark for the Hall.

“Mr. Big Shot” took the scenic route to NBA stardom, flirting with journeyman and lottery-bust status before landing on a Pistons squad that revolutionized his career.

After leading them to a surprise title and pocketing Finals MVP, Billups went on to steer the Pistons to six straight East Finals, earning All-NBA honors three times. Suddenly, we’re talking a potential Hall guy.

Billups has the brevity of his run as a prolific Playoff performer working against him, but he’s one of the best late bloomers ever, perhaps enough to offset his first few seasons.

“Mr. Big Shot” took the scenic route to NBA stardom, flirting with journeyman and lottery-bust status before landing on a Pistons squad that revolutionized his career.

After leading them to a surprise title and pocketing Finals MVP, Billups went on to steer the Pistons to six straight East Finals, earning All-NBA honors three times. Suddenly, we’re talking a potential Hall guy.

Billups has the brevity of his run as a prolific Playoff performer working against him, but he’s one of the best late bloomers ever, perhaps enough to offset his first few seasons.

“Mr. Big Shot” took the scenic route to NBA stardom, flirting with journeyman and lottery-bust status before landing on a Pistons squad that revolutionized his career.

After leading them to a surprise title and pocketing Finals MVP, Billups went on to steer the Pistons to six straight East Finals, earning All-NBA honors three times. Suddenly, we’re talking a potential Hall guy.

Billups has the brevity of his run as a prolific Playoff performer working against him, but he’s one of the best late bloomers ever, perhaps enough to offset his first few seasons.

Speaking of late bloomers and the 2004 Pistons, Wallace took his time becoming one of the most dominant and feared defenders in NBA history, the spinal cord of the blue-collar Motown shockwave that shook the Lakers’ more successful attempt at a Super-Squad.

Sometime in 2000, he ate the Popeye spinach (or God knows what else) and became a complete monster who won four DPOYs in five seasons while playing as integral a role to Detroit’s success as Billups.

As intimidating as Big Ben was in his prime, he not only came on late but fell off the face of the Earth quickly after leaving Detroit, and made Dikembe Mutombo look like Hakeem Olajuwon on offense, neither of which bode well for the Hall.

Speaking of late bloomers and the 2004 Pistons, Wallace took his time becoming one of the most dominant and feared defenders in NBA history, the spinal cord of the blue-collar Motown shockwave that shook the Lakers’ more successful attempt at a Super-Squad.

Sometime in 2000, he ate the Popeye spinach (or God knows what else) and became a complete monster who won four DPOYs in five seasons while playing as integral a role to Detroit’s success as Billups.

As intimidating as Big Ben was in his prime, he not only came on late but fell off the face of the Earth quickly after leaving Detroit, and made Dikembe Mutombo look like Hakeem Olajuwon on offense, neither of which bode well for the Hall.

Speaking of late bloomers and the 2004 Pistons, Wallace took his time becoming one of the most dominant and feared defenders in NBA history, the spinal cord of the blue-collar Motown shockwave that shook the Lakers’ more successful attempt at a Super-Squad.

Sometime in 2000, he ate the Popeye spinach (or God knows what else) and became a complete monster who won four DPOYs in five seasons while playing as integral a role to Detroit’s success as Billups.

As intimidating as Big Ben was in his prime, he not only came on late but fell off the face of the Earth quickly after leaving Detroit, and made Dikembe Mutombo look like Hakeem Olajuwon on offense, neither of which bode well for the Hall.

This recently-retired superstar swingman has already sparked debate for much of the summer about his HOF credentials; a token example of legendary talent that, for one reason or another, never really won anything.

Despite the scoring titles and numerous All-everythings, McGrady came up short in the playoffs time and time again, his squads decimated by inexperience and injury. He retires without having been an active part of a First Round victory.

If individual accomplishment is enough on its own, then T-Mac would be a safe Hall bet, but his lack of team success has haunted him his entire career, potentially all the way to Springfield.

This recently-retired superstar swingman has already sparked debate for much of the summer about his HOF credentials; a token example of legendary talent that, for one reason or another, never really won anything.

Despite the scoring titles and numerous All-everythings, McGrady came up short in the playoffs time and time again, his squads decimated by inexperience and injury. He retires without having been an active part of a First Round victory.

If individual accomplishment is enough on its own, then T-Mac would be a safe Hall bet, but his lack of team success has haunted him his entire career, potentially all the way to Springfield.

This recently-retired superstar swingman has already sparked debate for much of the summer about his HOF credentials; a token example of legendary talent that, for one reason or another, never really won anything.

Despite the scoring titles and numerous All-everythings, McGrady came up short in the playoffs time and time again, his squads decimated by inexperience and injury. He retires without having been an active part of a First Round victory.

If individual accomplishment is enough on its own, then T-Mac would be a safe Hall bet, but his lack of team success has haunted him his entire career, potentially all the way to Springfield.

Depending on how you look at things, Horry could be an historically overrated role-player who found himself in the right place more often than not, or he could be one of the greatest clutch Playoff performers, who correlated with too many titles to not have been a strong catalyst.

While the truth might be somewhere in between, let the record show that he has more titles (seven) than any non-Celtic, spread across three franchises. Along the way his innumerable huge shots and clutch outbursts have made him as much of a Playoff staple as this generation’s legends.

Purists argue that a 0-time All-Star has no place in the hall, but Horry’s ability to consistently come up huge as a role player at the biggest of moments is simply unmatched in NBA history.

Depending on how you look at things, Horry could be an historically overrated role-player who found himself in the right place more often than not, or he could be one of the greatest clutch Playoff performers, who correlated with too many titles to not have been a strong catalyst.

While the truth might be somewhere in between, let the record show that he has more titles (seven) than any non-Celtic, spread across three franchises. Along the way his innumerable huge shots and clutch outbursts have made him as much of a Playoff staple as this generation’s legends.

Purists argue that a 0-time All-Star has no place in the hall, but Horry’s ability to consistently come up huge as a role player at the biggest of moments is simply unmatched in NBA history.

Depending on how you look at things, Horry could be an historically overrated role-player who found himself in the right place more often than not, or he could be one of the greatest clutch Playoff performers, who correlated with too many titles to not have been a strong catalyst.

While the truth might be somewhere in between, let the record show that he has more titles (seven) than any non-Celtic, spread across three franchises. Along the way his innumerable huge shots and clutch outbursts have made him as much of a Playoff staple as this generation’s legends.

Purists argue that a 0-time All-Star has no place in the hall, but Horry’s ability to consistently come up huge as a role player at the biggest of moments is simply unmatched in NBA history.

Few NBA players of this era have been as polarizing as Carter, the human pogo stick who was once among the League’s elite scorers and probably the most electrifying athlete in sports history.

On the flip side, his All-Star appearances have been hollowed by the same absence of winning that his cousin’s Hall of Fame detractors point to. VC has not only been short on Playoff success, but openly quit on a franchise in one of the most painful ordeals in recent NBA front-office memory.

His lack of commitment and potentially wasted talent will be weighed against his gaudy scoring numbers, individual accolades and high-flying adventures, but regardless of the outcome, the debate about his place in the Hall will likely always rage on. 

Few NBA players of this era have been as polarizing as Carter, the human pogo stick who was once among the League’s elite scorers and probably the most electrifying athlete in sports history.

On the flip side, his All-Star appearances have been hollowed by the same absence of winning that his cousin’s Hall of Fame detractors point to. VC has not only been short on Playoff success, but openly quit on a franchise in one of the most painful ordeals in recent NBA front-office memory.

His lack of commitment and potentially wasted talent will be weighed against his gaudy scoring numbers, individual accolades and high-flying adventures, but regardless of the outcome, the debate about his place in the Hall will likely always rage on. 

Few NBA players of this era have been as polarizing as Carter, the human pogo stick who was once among the League’s elite scorers and probably the most electrifying athlete in sports history.

On the flip side, his All-Star appearances have been hollowed by the same absence of winning that his cousin’s Hall of Fame detractors point to. VC has not only been short on Playoff success, but openly quit on a franchise in one of the most painful ordeals in recent NBA front-office memory.

His lack of commitment and potentially wasted talent will be weighed against his gaudy scoring numbers, individual accolades and high-flying adventures, but regardless of the outcome, the debate about his place in the Hall will likely always rage on. 

The annual Springfield inductions took place this past weekend; a total of 12 inductees from various ranks joined Basketball’s Hall of Fame, including the legendary Gary Payton and the overdue Bernard King.

King’s induction added some extra punctuation to the drumming of the annual “Who Should Make It?” argument. Now that the Hall’s democratically largest oversight has gotten in - and with a couple relevant players having retired this summer – the discussion continues about where the bar to the Hall of Fame should be set, and which players can obtain it.

Here’s a look at potential inductees – both active and retired – who fire up the most heated debate:

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