Horace Grant and Chauncey Billups are two NBA players that deserve to be Hall of Famers.
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Springfield, Massachusetts: A place where the beer flows like wine, where the best basketball players ever instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano, where the game’s best hoopers are immortalized in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Inductees Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley are just some of the game’s legends who reside in the Hall. Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Chris Webber and Ben Wallace are some of the most recent inductees. LeBron James will, too, when he retires at 50.

While the Hall of Fame houses the greatest NBA careers, All-Star games, MVP award winners, playoff magic, scorers and NBA titles, there are still some remarkable players waiting for their invitation.

Here are the 10 best NBA players who have yet to become Hall of Famers.

9 NBA Players Who Should Be in the Hall of Fame

9. Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway dribbles the ball with the Heat in 1997.
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Position: Point guard

NBA Teams: Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers

Career stats (per game): 17.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 8.2 assists

Accolades: Five-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team (1997), Three-time All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team (1993), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)

8. Amar’e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his glasses during a 2010 game.
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Position: Power forward

NBA Teams: Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks

Career stats (per game): 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists

Accolades: Six-time NBA All-Star, Five-time All-NBA, 2003 All-Rookie Team, 2003 Rookie of the Year

7. Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson dribbles in 1991.
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?Position: Point guard


NBA Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns

Career stats (per game): 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.5 steals

Accolades: Three-time NBA All-Star, Four-time All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team (1992), NBA Most Improved Player (1989)

6. Shawn Marion

Shawn Marion blocks a ball in 2011.
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??Position: Small forward/Power forward

NBA Teams: Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers

Career stats (per game): 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Accolades: NBA Champion (2011), Four-time NBA All-Star, Two-time All-NBA Third Team, NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team (2000)

5. A.C. Green

AC Green drives to the basket during a 1985 game.
Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images

Position: Power forward

NBA Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat

Career stats (per game): 9.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 28.6 minutes

Accolades: Three-time NBA Champion, NBA All-Star (1990), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1989), 1,192 consecutive games played (most in league history)

4. Horace Grant

Horace Grant during a 1993 Bulls game.
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Position: Power forward

NBA Teams: Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Lakers

Career stats (per game): 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1 block


Accolades: Four-time NBA Champion, NBA All-Star (1994), Four-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 3,467 offensive rebounds (18th all-time)

3. Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups looks on during a 2007 NBA game.
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Position: Point guard/Shooting guard

NBA Teams: Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers

Career stats (per game): 15.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1 steal

Accolades: NBA Champion (2004), NBA Finals MVP (2004), Five-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team (2006), Two-time All-NBA Third Team, Two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team, J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2008), NBA Sportsmanship Award (2009), NBA Teammate of the Year (2013)

2. Shawn Kemp

Shawn Kemp dribbles the ball for the Supersonics.
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Position: Power forward

NBA Teams: Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic

Career stats (per game): 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks

Accolades: Six-time NBA All-Star, Three-time All-NBA Second Team

1. Marques Johnson

Marques Johnson dribbles the ball during a 1970s Bucks game.
Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Getty Images

Position: Small forward


NBA Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors

Career stats (per game): 20.1 points, 7 rebounds, 3.6 assists

Accolades: Five-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team (1979), Two-time All-NBA Second Team, NBA All-Rookie First Team (1978)

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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