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.
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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.
29 Boston Celtics - Isaiah Thomas
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.
27 Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker
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.
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.
24 Dallas Mavericks - Dirk Nowitzki
23 Denver Nuggets - Emmanuel Mudiay
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.
21 Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry
20 Houston Rockets - James Harden
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 New Orleans Pelicans - Anthony Davis
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.
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.
9 Orlando Magic - Nikola Vucevic
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.
7 Phoenix Suns - Devin Booker
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.
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.
3 Toronto Raptors - DeMar DeRozan
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.
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.
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