Full List of Nominations for Pro Basketball Hall of Fame 2017

Full List of Nominations for Pro Basketball Hall of Fame 2017

Pro Basketball Hall of Fame 2017: Full List of Nominees and Reaction
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Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady and five-time All-NBA forward Chris Webber headline the list of prospective inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

The Hall of Fame announced the full list of eligible inductees Wednesday afternoon. 

In addition to McGrady and Webber, the docket also includes legendary college coaches Bill Self, Gene Keady and Lefty Driesell.

Below are this year’s Hall of Fame candidates:

2017 Basketball Hall of Fame Candidates—N.A. Committee
Candidate Category
Mark Aguirre Player
Geese Ausbie Player
Bill Bertka Coach
Muggsy Bogues Player
Junior Bridgeman Player
Irv Brown Referee
Maurice Cheeks Player
Terry Cummings Player
Lefty Driesell Coach
Hugh Evans Referee
Bill Fitch Coach
Cotton Fitzsimmons Coach
Tim Hardaway Player
Del Harris Coach
Robert Hughes Coach
Kevin Johnson Player
Marques Johnson Player
Bobby Jones Player
Jerry Jones Coach
Gene Keady Coach
Rollie Massimino Coach
Tracy McGrady Player
Gary McKnight Coach
Danny Miles Coach
Sidney Moncrief Player
Dick Motta Coach
Swen Nater Player
Jake O’Donnell Referee
Jim Phelan Coach
Mark Price Player
Jere Quinn Coach
Glenn Robinson Coach
Lee Rose Coach
Bo Ryan Coach
Bob Saulsbury Coach
Bill Self Coach
Jack Sikma Player
Steve Smith Coach
Fred Snowden Coach
Harry Statham Coach
Eddie Sutton Coach
Rudy Tomjanovich Coach
Ben Wallace Player
Chris Webber Player
Paul Westphal Player

Source: HoopHall.com

ESPN’s Rachel Nichols tweeted she got to personally break the good news to McGrady:

The careers of McGrady and Webber mirrored one another to a certain extent. During the site’s ranking of the top 100 players in NBA history, ESPN.com listed McGrady No. 63 and Webber No. 66.

Neither McGrady nor Webber captured an NBA title, and injuries curtailed their longevity on the court.

McGrady, who averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game, was out of the league at age 33.

Webber posted 20.7 points and 9.8 boards a game, and chronic knee problems forced him to bow out in 2007-08 at 34 years old.
 
McGrady, in particular, will be an interesting Hall of Fame case. Unlike Webber, he doesn’t have a collegiate record that can pad his candidacy, and his peak years constituted a somewhat small section of his career.

At his best, McGrady was one of the NBA’s top players, and that may be enough to get him into the Hall.

In September, NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper argued a lack of star power could benefit Webber, Kevin Johnson and Tim Hardaway, all of whom have come up short in recent years.

Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy would like to see Hardaway in the Hall of Fame, per the Detroit News‘ Rob Beard:

Like McGrady, Ben Wallace is a first-time Hall of Fame candidate. Wallace was one of the league’s most feared defenders in the 2000s, winning four Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

The Athletic’s Sean Highkin argued that should be enough to get the former Detroit Pistons star enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts:

Wallace is 13th in NBA history in blocks (2,137), according to Basketball-Reference.com, and he averaged the most rebounds in the league (12.9) between 2000 and 2006, a period during which he made four All-Star teams and was a five-timer on the All-Defensive first team.

According to ESPN.com, the finalists for the 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 18, and the induction process will begin Sept. 7.