Throughout the forums there have been a few threads debating ones opinion on whether or not a player should/will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Whilst there's really no clear indication on whether or not a player is worthy of being in the Hall of Fame, it's cool to get an insight on ones perception of a player and perhaps bring light to someone else's.
Throughout player's careers, they have been judged on their performances on a nightly basis. It isn't until after they're in the Hall of Fame that they can confirm they've proved many people and doubters wrong and it isn't until their names called to join the illustrious group that we can solidly confirm that they have pioneered or changed the game in one way or another.
There's an endless amount of debate and ranting on player's cases for the Hall of Fame, but here's a list narrowed down to five debatable cases. Some are still active, some have retired and some might even still be associated with the league in one way or another.
1. Chris Webber
I'm sure the early 2000s decade of the Kings' Finals runs are still giving many people nightmares. But much like the Kings, will Chris Webber again finish in second place when it comes to Hall of Fame ballots?
Let me put things bluntly, there hasn't been a big man with his ability to run the fast break and pass like a point guard in NBA history. He's arguably the best passing big man the league has ever seen and whilst a 4.2 assist per a game average comes about as being fairly low, keep in mind that he assisted in over 20% of his teams baskets when he was on the court. Only three people 6'9" or taller have registered a higher percentage. These people include Toni Kukoc, Alvan Adams and the one and only Larry Bird.
Player efficiency seems to be a measure where Hall of Famers are judged on. Chris Webber boasted one of the best PER's in the league at the time. For good measure check out the list of players who have produced 17,000 points, 8000 rebounds and averaged 4+ assists. Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird and Chris Webber. 
The kicker always seems to be accolades. Whilst he's produced numbers of an Hall of Fame standard, what he's lacking is the ability to show that he's a winner. Zero Championships means less votes for the Hall of Fame. However, there have been numerous players who have managed to make the Hall of Fame without winning a Championship; Artis Gilmore, Bernard King, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing... Just to name a few.
In 2014 he's eligible to be balloted to join the Hall of Fame. Is he deserving?
2. Robert Horry
Robert Horry lacks the metrics to really establishes himself to be a Hall of Fame player. No player makes a big case by doing so little statistically. He never averaged 30 points, or 10 rebounds or assists. He wasn't a defensive stopper. However, his 7 championship rings speak in volumes and success is something that is extremely coveted in the Hall of Fame. A quick quiz for you - Did you know that Horry is the only non-Celtic player to have that high a number of rings? Pretty crazy when you think about it.
Conversely one can argue that he's played with/under some of the best players/coaches of all time, all of which are most likely to be in the Hall of Fame if they already haven't. Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Rudy Tomjanovich, Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich... just to name some of the notables.
However, behind the accolades and the sub-par Hall of Fame metrics, there's some more things he's achieved that many others haven't and all of these have been in the most clutches of times in NBA basketball - The Finals. Robert Horry was the first player to record seven steals in a single finals game and he holds the record for the most three pointers made without a miss (7-7). Surprisingly, he was also the first player in the history of the NBA to record 100 steals, 100 blocks and 100 three pointers in a regular season.
No one says winning like Robert Horry, whilst he's been in some amazing teams, you can't argue the results. You could say he had a lot of things go his way. However, you can also say his career is Hall of Fame worthy and deserves all the success he can get.
3. Rasheed Wallace
In his early arrival many people thought he would be a sure thing for the Hall of Fame. However, he wasn't able to fully harness his potential and though he was an amazingly good player, his Hall of Fame case still remains debatable.
There wasn't many people in the league who could guard Tim Duncan like Rasheed Wallace, and his all around offensive game really set him apart throughout his career. He's been heavily underrated his entire career and has been one of the best two-way bigmen in recent history.
Drenched in both success and metrics he makes a solid case for being in the Hall of Fame. He's won a championship, which is almost essential in balloting. The early 2000s Pistons' people may not realize that Rasheed Wallace was their glue guy. Whilst Billups remained the best player on the team, without Rasheed, the Pistons would not have been nearly as successful. His defensive ability was also belittled behind the hype of Ben Wallace. Whilst he may have been the better defender, Rasheed could most definitely hold his own against other bigmen also.
Had it been an ideal world. Rasheed would have come into the NBA without the attitude and been a surefire Hall of Famer, but we all know that he wouldn't have even care if he had or had not made the Hall of Fame. So why should we?
4. Horace Grant
Much like Horry, Horace Grant is another coveted player when it comes to success; with four rings in total (three with the Bulls, one with the Lakers). This is also completely disregarding the instant success he bought to the Magic after he left the Bulls - you could also add this to his success with another title run.
Not many people could bang down low with the strongest bigmen and run with the quickest players in the league. Horace Grant was a hybrid between the two. Whilst he wasn't a big offensive threat it was obvious that he was the anchor for many teams on defense.
Of course, metrics come into play when talking about Hall of Fame players. Here's some all time rankings that may/may not come as a surprise: 15th all time in Offensive Rebounds (3,467), 33rd all time in minutes Played (38,621), 38th all time in games player (1,165), 37th all time in defensive rebounds (5,976), 45th all time in rebounds (9,443).
Though his statistics aren't exactly mind boggling, he also makes a case for bring relevant for so long and also being a major part to a teams success for most of his career.
In theory he could be a Hall of Famer.
5. Vlade Divac
Numbers-wise again Vlade will not be a Hall Of Fame player. However he's done numerous things for the game that one can not fathom. Keep in mind the Hall of Fame recognizes basketball players and not NBA player. Petrovic was enshrined in 2002, why can't Vlade?
He's made a huge impact on the bridge between European basketball and the NBA and has opened up the doors to many international players thinking of making the jump to the NBA. Along with this he also makes a huge case for being one of the big men passes in the game. The duo of Webber and Divac was lethal back in the day.
In 2013 he was a finalist to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. However, he was dropped in the final stages. Unlike many of the Hall of Famers, he was only a one-time All-Star. Though he was no slouch - defensively he is the top 25 for win-shares and blocked shots. He's also in the top 50 among total rebounds all time.
Vlade and Sabonis have both been labeled as the two best European big men of the 90's. He's set the bar for many Europeans coming into the NBA. He's in the FIBA Hall of Fame, why can't he make a case for the Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame?
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