The Basketball Hall of Fame or Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame introduced its new members on Saturday, September 11, 2021, where legends such as Paul Pierce and Chris Bosh were recognized for their contributions to the game and the history of the NBA in the first time they could be chosen.
It’s never too early to take a look at the next potential Hall of Fame class, so which players will be eligible for the Class of 2022 for the first time?
The Hall of Fame probability is based on the formula of Basketball-Reference.
Which players will be eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2021?
Acknowledgments: 7 times All-Star, 1 time All-NBA Third Team, All-Rookie Second Team
Johnson was a prolific scorer, averaging more than 20.0 points per game for five consecutive seasons in his prime. He was a six-time All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks and one All-Star with the Brooklyn Nets and finished his career as one of the top 50 scorers in NBA history, scoring 20,405 points in his 17-year career.
Acknowledgments: 4-time NBA champion, 2-time All-Star, 2-time All-NBA Third Team, 2008 Sixth Man of the Year, All-Rookie Second Team
As a four-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, Ginobili is the franchise’s all-time leader in 3s and steals. He is one of the all-time great scorers off the bench in league history, but he also managed to be an All-Star in the two seasons in which he started consistently. To add to his case, Ginobili led the Golden Age of Argentine basketball, winning a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Basketball-Reference’s Hall of Fame probability tool doesn’t do Ginobili justice.
Acknowledgments: 2-time NBA champion and 2-time All-Star
West was monstrous in his career prime, averaging 19.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per night for the New Orleans Hornets between 2005 and 2011. His two All-Star Game appearances came in back-to-back seasons in which he averaged more than 20, 0 points and 8.0 sacks per game. He also played a key role off the bench for the Golden State Warriors champion teams in 2017 and 2018.
Acknowledgments: 2-time All-Star, 1-time All-NBA Third Team and 2004 Most Improved Player award
Randolph was an unstoppable force during his time in the league, averaging double-digit scoring average in all but 2 of his 17 years in the NBA. He averaged a double-double in points and rebounds in 9 different seasons, 5 of which he averaged more than 20.0 points per game. He finished his career as one of the 50 greatest rebounders of all time, with 10,208 sacks. He also finished in the top 25 of all time in offensive rebounds with 3,279.
Acknowledgments: 1 time NBA champion, Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and All-Rookie Second Team
Terry is one of the great outside shooters in NBA history. He averaged more than 15.0 points per game in 11 of his 19 years in the league, making more than 2.0 3s per game in six different seasons, an outlier for his time. He averaged 17.5 points off the bench for the 2011 title-winning team from the Dallas Mavericks and has the seventh-most 3-point range in NBA history at 2,282.
Acknowledgments: One time NBA champion and All-Rookie Second Team
Jefferson averaged more than 22.0 points per game over two different seasons and recorded 19.0 points per night during his peak from 2003 to 2009. In his first two years in the league he played an important role in helping the New Jersey Nets return to the Finals. the NBA. Although they lost both series, he would have his reward in 2016, winning an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Acknowledgments: 1 time Second Team All-Defense and All-Rookie Second Team
Smith was one of the most electric players of his time, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 2005. He was a strong scorer and defender, averaging 16.0 points, 2.2 blocks and 1.3 steals per night for the Atlanta Hawks during his peak from 2006 to 2013. .
Acknowledgments: 1 time All-NBA Third Team and All-Rookie Second Team
Jefferson was an extremely solid player, averaging a double-double of points and rebounds in four of his 14 years in the NBA. He had three seasons in which he averaged more than 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
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