All athletes would love to be honored for their contribution to their sport. Being named as a member of the Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon an NBA player. Making it into the Hall of Fame is something to which every young basketball player aspires, but only a handful of people actually achieve it. Being inducted into the hall means you had an excellent career in the world of basketball and served your teams well. It is always exciting to watch your favorite NBA teams for the next star that may one day be honored by being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and this is what this article will be discussing.
In this article, we will be looking at each NBA team's most likely candidate for being inducted to the Hall of Fame. Pay attention to these guys because they all have the talent to become immortalized in the Hall of Fame one day.
As always, feel free to leave any thoughts you have on this matter in the comment section, as we would love to here your opinion.
Here is each NBA franchise's most likely candidate for induction into the Hall of Fame.
30 Atlanta Hawks - Dwight Howard
While it seems as though Dwight Howard's second half of his career was disappointing, whether it is with the Lakers or the Rockets, Dwight's career has been Hall of Fame worthy. His list of accolades is extensive, as he has awards ranging from the Slam Dunk Champion to the Defensive Player of The Year award. He is easily one of the most dominant big men the game of basketball has ever seen. While he has never won an NBA championship, he did lead the Orlando Magic to the Finals, where he ultimately lost to the Boston Celtics.
Now playing for his hometown Hawks, Dwight may have found the right place to revive his once great career, as he is off to an excellent start to the season.
29 Boston Celtics - Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas is one of the best point guards in the NBA, which is extremely impressive considering he is only listed at 5'9". A great shooter who can also take it inside with the big men, Isaiah Thomas is a dynamic player on the court. While he doesn't have any amazing accolades to his name yet such as MVP, he has been an NBA All-Star, and continues to have a great NBA career considering he was drafted with the last pick in the 2011 draft. Thomas will be the Celtics' point guard for years to come due to his excellent talent on the court. The Celtics aren't off to the start we expected them to have this season, but I expect Isaiah to get his team back on track sooner then later.
28 Brooklyn Nets - Jeremy Lin
Wow. The Brooklyn Nets are definitely one of the worst teams in the league, as I had to choose Jeremy Lin for their most likely player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Just look at their roster -- no players really stand out other than Brook Lopez. However, Jeremy Lin is arguably one of the most popular NBA players of all time due to his short all-star talented play while he was with the Knicks a few years ago which birthed "Linsanity." Millions of people from all over the world were tuning in to see Lin come out of nowhere to put up incredible numbers against some of the best NBA players in the world.
Lin is currently injured with the Brooklyn Nets as of now, but he started out the season incredibly successful as he is on track to have the best season of his career.
27 Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker was drafted by the Hornets with the 9th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and since then, he has become one of the best point guards in all of the NBA. He is having himself the best season of his career to date, as he is leading the Hornets to one of the best records in the Eastern Conference this season. But how good is Kemba Walker really? Has he made any real segway into becoming a Hall of Fame caliber player? No, but that doesn't mean he has zero chance in being named a Hall of Famer because at only 26 years of age, the point guard from the University of Conneticut still has time to build onto his successful NBA career.
26 Chicago Bulls - Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade is easily one of the greatest basketball players to ever step on the NBA hardwood. He led the Miami Heat all the way to the top of the NBA mountain in 2006, as the Heat beat out Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks to win Miami's first NBA championship. Teaming up with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade was a part of one of the most talented teams ever assembled. His defensive ability on the court rivals any of the best defenders in the history of the game, as he is an excellent shot blocker and perimeter defender.
Now with his hometown team of the Chicago Bulls, Dwyane Wade looks to win his fourth NBA championship before his legendary Hall of Fame career comes to an end.
25 Cleveland Cavaliers - LeBron James
LeBron James is probably the greatest basketball player to ever live, as he is a lock for being selected into the Hall of Fame. If he retired right now, he would easily have a successful enough career to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Coming into the league with probably the most hype any NBA player has ever received, LeBron has definitely not disappointed, as he has won multiple MVP awards and championships throughout his legendary NBA career. He is a fantastic all-around player, as he can not only just score, LeBron can rebound with the best of them and he is also one of the most premier passers in the league due to his excellent court vision.
LeBron's career is nowhere near over, and he will continue to look to distinguish himself as the best basketball player to ever live.
24 Dallas Mavericks - Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest foreign NBA player to ever live, as his amazing career in the association has easily been enough to get him inducted into the halls of greatness. The seven-footer from Germany is one of the most skilled players to ever play the game of basketball, as he has been one of the best scorers in the league for over a decade now. A one-time NBA champion, Dirk has achieved many different accolades over the course of his 18-year career. His career is most likely coming to an end, as Dirk fans are hoping he has one more year left after this season because we haven't gotten to see much of Dirk this year due to injuries, which is probably why the Mavericks are one of the worst teams in the league right now.
23 Denver Nuggets - Emmanuel Mudiay
The Nuggets don't have any real superstar power, which means no one on their team has really made a case for being inducted into the Hall of Fame when their career is over. However, the Nuggets have potential, and with that, is their young point guard of Emmanuel Mudiay, who has all the tools needed to be one of the best point guards in all of the NBA. Mudiay is extremely inconsistent, but the fact that he can score, rebound, and pass on the NBA level is very intriguing to the Nuggets. Drafted with the 7th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, there is plenty of time for Mudiay to develop his game, as he tries to build a Hall of Fame caliber career with the Denver Nuggets.
22 Detroit Pistons - Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond was drafted with the 9th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and the Pistons got an absoloute steal considering Drummond has transformed into one of the best, if not the best, big men in the game. Drummond is a total monster on the boards, as we have seen him rack up rebounding totals into the 20s. At only 23 years of age, the sky is the limit for the center from UConn. He was named to his first All-Star game last season, and was even awarded with being on the All-NBA third team.
If Drummond can keep playing like he has for the last season and a half, I can see him going down as one of the most dominant big men in the entire history of the NBA, which would mean that Drummond could be selected into the NBA Hall of Fame.
21 Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry
The Warriors are stacked with all-star NBA talent, as they have four seperate players who could be on their way to a Hall of Fame induction. Choosing Steph Curry over Kevin Durant was a hard decision, but when you look at the careers of the two superstars, I had to give it to Curry due to the fact he has won an NBA championship. It seems as though Steph Curry came out of nowhere, as the skinny shooter from Davidson college has turned into one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He is a back-to-back league MVP because he seems to torch every NBA team he goes up against as he can knock down threes from it seems like anywhere in the gym. Curry has become one of the most popular players of all time due to his excellent skill instead of just athletic ability. Even with the Warriors having multiple Hall of Fame candidates, Stephen Curry takes the cake.
20 Houston Rockets - James Harden
James Harden is one of the best players in the league right now, as he continues to put up incredible numbers. The Beard has been one of the most talented players in the league for years as he can score from anywhere on the court. He can go from a step back three to getting into the paint and drawing a foul. Playing point-guard this year, Harden is putting up some seriously eye opening stats, as he tries to will his high capacity Rockets offense to the playoffs. Harden is gunning for MVP this season, as he looks to win the award for the first time. Harden has had his taste of winning awards in the league, as he was 6th Man of The Year with the Thunder. Harden WILL be a Hall of Fame player when his successful career comes to an end.
19 Indiana Pacers - Paul George
Paul George was on the top of the basketball world a few years ago, as he and the Indiana Pacers were one of the best teams in the NBA when they battled in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Playing with Team USA a few years back, George had a gruesome leg injury, as his leg snapped as he hit it on the bottom of the basket after shooting a layup. After months of rehab and George came back to the NBA as a new player, even changing his number from 24 to 13. While he hasn't really seemed to have lost a step in his skill, the Pacers aren't the same team they were even though they have added pieces like Thad Young and Jeff Teague.
George is a dynamic scorer and is one of the best small forwards in the league. Some more hardware and a longer stretch of success could possibly get George into the Hall of Fame. However, nothing is written yet.
18 L.A. Clippers - Chris Paul
Chris Paul is easily one of the greatest point-guards to ever play the game of basketball. An ideal point-guard, Chris is one of the best passers in the history of the game, but passing isn't his only strength. Starting his career in New Orleans, Paul was a dynamic scoring guard who could rack up impressive numbers. He then moved to the L.A. Clippers in search of some championship contention, and maybe this is the year that Chris Paul is able to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy high into the air.
If Chris Paul retired today, there is not a doubt in my mind he would find his way into the Hall of Fame, due to the incredibly successful career he has already had. With six or seven more years ahead of Paul, anything now is just insurance for his Hall of Fame bid.
17 L.A. Lakers - Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram was drafted with the 2nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, and is expected to have a very successful NBA career. Always being compared to the likes of Kevin Durant, the hype is real for Brandon Ingram. At 6'10", Brandon Ingram has the height and definitely the length to score at the NBA level, and while he still needs to pack on some serious muscle, life in the NBA will have him built for the league in no time.
His rookie year hasn't been anything spectacular yet, which was expected considering the Lakers know his potential and want to ease him into the rotation more and more. The Lakers have a lot of great young prospects, but I believe Brandon Ingram will be the leader of the team in a few years. Does this mean he is a Hall of Fame bound player? Not necessarily, but Ingram has all the tools needed to be one of the greatest.
16 Memphis Grizzlies - Mike Conley
Many people were surprised when the Grizzlies offered Mike Conley a max contract this off-season, as his play doesn't always look like he's a max deal type of player.However the Grizzlies are aware that they need Mike Conley to stay relevant in the NBA, and he has had some seriously good games this season. He is injured right now, which may have the Grizzlies kicking themselves as they look like a shell of the team they were two years ago.
Once Conley and the rest of the Grizzlies are healthy, they have a good chance to be one of the better teams in the league again, as they have one of the best point guards in the league with Mike Conley, who has shown his talent in the league for several years now.
15 Miami Heat - Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside didn't come into the NBA as a top prospect, as he was drafted with the 33rd pick in the 2010 NBA Draft to the Sacramento Kings. It's crazy to think that Whiteside and DeMarcus Cousins were on the same team at one time because if the Kings kept that duo together, who knows what would have happened? Whiteside has transformed into one of the most dominant big men in the NBA, as he is the best rim protector in the league.
He is one of the only players in the history of the league to put up 10 or more bl0cks in the game, and it seems as though Whiteside is always sending a shot the other way. The Heat are now in rebuild mode due to Wade's departure, and Whiteside is their prized cornerstone.
14 Milwaukee Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo
In a league filled with incredible physical specimens, Giannis the “Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo stands out as one of the most athletic in the league. Position versatility is becoming a very important aspect to a player’s game, and Giannis is one of the best when looking at players who can play and defend multiple positions. Giannis has already developed a positive reputation for himself as he is known to have a great work ethic by his coaches and fellow players, and he has already improved immensely since coming into the league three years ago.
The Bucks are aware of how high Giannis’ ceiling is, as he will be incredibly important in the team’s success for years to come. Giannis is primed to break out very soon as one of the best players in the league, and the possible triple-double machine could find his way into the Hall of Fame after his career is over.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves - Karl-Anthony Towns
Already one of the best centers in the league, Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves has the potential to be an NBA legend. Drafted with the first pick in last year’s draft, Towns lived up to the hype of a first overall pick and had an extremely successful rookie season. A good finisher, re-bounder, and a very solid defender, it is very impressive how adept Towns is at competing against other NBA talent. Towns averaged 18.3 ppg and 10.5 rpg over his rookie campaign, so it is certainly not hard to see why he could be considered a future Hall of Famer.
The Timberwolves could be a seriously dangerous team in a few years, and Karl-Anthony Towns will be the team’s most valuable piece moving forward. Keep your eye on Karl-Anthony Towns because his name will end up going down with some of the greatest of all time in the Hall of Fame.
12 New Orleans Pelicans - Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is one of the league’s best players at 23 years of age, and his stats prove his dominance. Extremely athletic for his 6’10” frame, Davis can do some seriously eye-opening things whenever he plays the game. Whether it be demolishing someone’s shot with a block or flying through the air for a nice dunk, Davis puts on a show every time he steps on the basketball court, making for some very entertaining and crowd-pleasing athletics. Coming into the league, Davis was a shot-blocking big with very little skill shooting-wise, but a few years into the league and he has improved his shooting to add another element to his game. Averaging about 24 ppg and 10 rpg his last two seasons, I believe this year will be his best to date. Davis has everything it takes to go down as one of the greatest power forwards of all time.
11 New York Knicks - Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is an NBA legend. He has been one of the best players in the league for over a decade, and while he hasn't always been a contender for the championship, his scoring ability has put his career above many others. He is a one-time scoring champion, and a nine-time NBA all-star. He was drafted 3rd overall in the legendary 2003 NBA Draft, and hit the ground running as he became a star in Denver.
Whether he was playing for the Nuggets or the Knicks, Melo is a threat to score, as he is one of the greatest offensive players of all time. While the Knicks do have some more star power then they had in recent years, Melo is still head and shoulders above his teammates.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is continuing to make a case for being one of the best players of all time. Yes, I said that. Watch the guy play; he does stuff that other players throughout the history of basketball have never done. He scores, he passes, and he rebounds like he's a seven-foot center. He stuffs the box score every time he steps on the court, and now, with Kevin Durant to the Warriors, Westbrook has full reign over the Thunder team. His stats are already looking MVP-worthy this season, and if he keeps up his play, he may be holding that trophy at the end of the season.
I fully expect Russell Westbrook to end his career as one of the best point-guards of all time, which will undoubtedly lead to him being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
9 Orlando Magic - Nikola Vucevic
As of right now, the Orlando Magic don't have any locks for making it into the Hall of Fame, or even having anyone that seems to be on path for it. Nikola Vucevic seems to be the most talented player on the Magic team, as he is quietly one of the best centers in the league due to his ability to rebound and score inside. He was drafted with the 16th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, but it never panned out for Nikola in Philly. Now with the Magic, it looks as though Vucevic has found his home as he has been the starting center for the Magic for years now. Vucevic will probably never make his way into the Hall of Fame, but that doesn't mean he isn't having a successful career because he sure is.
8 Philadelphia 76ers - Ben Simmons
This is one of my bolder predictions since Simmons has not yet played an NBA game yet. Already being compared to the likes of LeBron James and Magic Johnson, Ben Simmons has the talent to be one of the greatest ever. A pure passer with immaculate court vision, at 6’10”, Simmons can distribute the ball with the best of them. Drafted with the first pick in this year’s draft to the Sixers, Ben will be getting a lot of minutes to develop his game this season.
Without actually playing an NBA game yet, it says a lot that Simmons has already displayed the tools needed for being an NBA legend. Many people are excited to see how Simmons stacks up against the league’s best talent this year. The hype for Simmons is high, and I believe he will live up to all of it, ultimately becoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
7 Phoenix Suns - Devin Booker
Devin Booker will go down as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. A season-ending injury to Eric Bledsoe last season freed up some serious time for Booker, and Devin used the opportunity to show his true scoring skill. Booker had a few breakout games during his rookie season, and has the ability to go off on any given night. He’s only a 20-year-old kid, and he is already tearing up defenses with his lights-out shooting. As one of the leaders on a young Suns team, Booker is only going to build on his successful rookie season. Booker looks to be one of the biggest steals of the 2015 NBA Draft, as he could be the next Ray Allen or Reggie Miller. Booker is primed for some seriously dominant games this season, and he has the talent to reach the Hall of Fame when his career comes to an end.
6 Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard has been the most underrated player in the NBA for years now. It is ridiculous that this man has never been named to an All-Star team, seeing he has been a premier point-guard in the NBA since being drafted in 2012. Lillard has knocked down his fair share of clutch shots, as he has made the Trail Blazers a formidable team each night due to his ability to put up points in a hurry. I have no doubt Lillard will be recognized as an All-Star this season. Damian Lillard is paired up with shooter C.J. McCollum, and the Blazers have a real chance of building something special in Portland.
Maybe the only thing they need is talent in the front court, which is needed because back court talent is something the Trail Blazers have in full.
5 Sacramento Kings - DeMarcus Cousins
Let's put aside anything you may have heard about Cousins' attitude, work ethic, and inability to be coached, and look at the immense talent the center from Kentucky possesses. The guy is a total man among boys in the NBA, as he is the best post-scorer in the league. He racks up monster games like 36 points and 16 boards on a regular basis.
While Cousins has never led the Kings to even the playoffs, Cousins has to be one of the most talented players in all of the NBA. Cousins needs some supporting pieces around him if the Kings expect to compete for the championship, but they do have an amazing piece in DeMarcus Cousins, the BEST center in all of basketball. Hopefully we'll get to see him in the postseason one day.
4 San Antonio Spurs - Kawhi Leonard
The Spurs are lucky enough to have multiple Hall of Fame players on their roster, but I believe their best player has to be the lock-down defender, Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi is a quiet player, but he has racked up some serious awards in the NBA such as being a two-time Defensive Player of The Year and winning the Finals MVP two years ago against LeBron James and the stacked Miami Heat.
Leonard can lock down ANY player in the league on command, as he is very athletic and has great defensive awareness. When it's all said and done, I believe Kawhi will earn a Hall of Fame jacket, as I believe he will retire as one of the greatest defenders in NBA history. If he stays in San Antonio, those chances just increase.
3 Toronto Raptors - DeMar DeRozan
Before the season, I would have given this spot to Kyle Lowry. However, DeMar DeRozan may have secured himself as the most talented player on the Raptors roster. DeRozan has already scored 30 or more points 10 times this season, as he is averaging over 28 points per game. He put his name in the record books as he started the season off historically scoring-wise. DeRozan has the best mid range jumpshot in the league, but DeMar can use his great athleticism to slash the basket and get to the line. Even though DeRozan is one of the best scorers in the league this year, however, he is nowhere near being considered for the Hall of Fame just yet, seeing he has no significant awards in the league as of yet.
2 Utah Jazz - Gordon Hayward
The Jazz are one of the best young teams in the league, and they have a lot of young guys on their roster who are hoping to end their career as amazing basketball players. While the Jazz do have a bunch of good players such as George Hill or Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward is their best player, as he has led the team in scoring for multiple years in a row now. Gordon Hayward is one of the smoothest scorers in all of the NBA, and the Jazz are lucky to have the small forward.
As far as being named a Hall of Famer after his career is over though, I don't know yet. Maybe he could be named to the Butler Hall of Fame due to his heroics during his career there, but he still needs to do a lot more to ever be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
1 Washington Wizards - John Wall
The hype was real for the number one pick in the 2010 NBA Draft John Wall, however the point-guard from Kentucky has served as a premier guard in the league for years now. Other than Russell Westbrook, John Wall may be the fastest player in the league. He is a total blur on the court as it seems he can get a rebound and finish on the other end in a blink of an eye. While he has been a great NBA point guard since coming into the league half a decade ago, Wall does not have a lot of accolades in the league as of yet, but he is still young and a Hall of Fame selection is still very possible for John Wall.