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Posted by9 days ago

Link: Here REMEMBER: ONLY VOTE ONCE- I don't want to collect your emails.

I'll spare the overly long intro from the first time and give this abbreviated version- starting in 1960, this series looks to go through the history of the NBA and revote on the hall of fame classes, while adopting the rules from baseball's hall of fame. (10 years on the ballot, 75%+ for induction, less than 5% and you're off.) Every voter is free to apply their own standards- you can care about or disregard character, college accomplishments or international ones. I'll provide very very limited summaries of player's accomplishments if you decide you want to read through it... or not! Most of us aren't super familiar with the 50's/60's game. If you want to read my ramblings in a little more detail, here's the link to the original post. The mods got back to me and gave me a thumbs up, so I'll try to post the new ballot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you want to try to keep up and have your uh very important voice on yesterday's NBA players be heard.

Class of 1990

After a weaker class of newcomers, we still end up with one new member! Come on in Artis Gilmore, who broke through with 83.3% of the vote on his third ballot, a 35% improvement over last time. Paul Westphal and Spencer Haywood led everyone else, with right about 55% of the vote, while Dennis Johnson led all newcomers.

Jo Jo White had his best effort of the series, picking up 55.6% of the vote.. but it wasn't enough, falling off on ballot number 10. Otherwise, only newcomers fell off- Bill Hanzlik, Calvin Natt, Jay Vincent, Jerry Sichting and John Lucas all exiting.

The first iteration of the VC was... a flop. Neil Johnston led everyone, but he only collected 47.1% of the vote. 1/4 of all votes didn't find anyone on the ballot worthy, while Ed Macauley, Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes all also collected over 30%. The VC will return on Monday, looking over the stars of the 60's.

Class of 1991
  • = Hall of Fame

Adrian Dantley:*

  • Small Forward. Buffalo Braves 1976-1977, Indiana Pacers 1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1979, Utah Jazz 1979-1986, Detroit Pistons 1986-1989, Dallas Mavericks 1989-1990, Milwaukee Bucks 1990-1991.

  • 6x All-Star (80-82, 84-86), 2x Second Team All-NBA (81, 84), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1984), 1977 Rookie of the Year, 1977 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Scoring Leader (81, 84), 1x Oscar Robertson Trophy (1976), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (75-76), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 24.3/5.7/3.0, Totals 23,177/5,455/2,830.

  • Averaged over 30 ppg four straight years with Utah. Helped bring the Pistons to the 1988 Finals, averaging 20 ppg across the playoffs even though it ended in a game 7 loss- was flipped the next season for Mark Aguirre. A bit notorious for being a blackhole on offense, despite being highly efficient, and also clashing with coaches.

Alex English:*

  • Small Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1976-1978, Indiana Pacers 1978-1980, Denver Nuggets 1980-1990, Dallas Mavericks 1990-1991.

  • 8x All-Star (82-89), 3x Second Team All-NBA (82-83, 86), 1x Scoring Leader (1983). Career 21.5/5.5/3.6, Totals 25,613/6,538/4,351.

  • Scored more points in the 80's than any other player. Led the Nuggets to the 1985 conference finals, as well as leading them to nine straight playoff berths throughout his prime. Scored over 2000 points for eight straight seasons, one of two players (along with Karl Malone) to do that.

Darnell Valentine:

  • Point Guard. Portland Trail Blazers 1981-1986, Los Angeles Clippers 1986-1988, Cleveland Cavaliers 1988-1991.

  • 4x First Team All-BIG 8 (78-81), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1981). Career 8.7/2.1/5.0, Totals 5,400/1,318/3,080.

  • One of the would-be members of the 1980 Olympics team.

Darrell Griffith:

  • Shooting Guard. Utah Jazz 1980-1991.

  • 1981 Rookie of the Year, 1981 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NCAA Champion (1980), 1x Most Outstanding Player (1980), 1x Sporting News/John Wooden Player of the Year (1980), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1980), 1x Metro Conference Player of the Year (1980), 3x First Team All-Metro Conference (78-80). Career 16.2/3.3/2.1, Totals 12,391/2,519/1,627.

  • Nicknamed Dr. Dunkenstein, formed a high scoring duo with Adrian Dantley. Became a shooter, leading the league in 3% and held the NBA record for season and career three pointers made at one point. Feet and knee injuries prematurely ended his prime, and was a bench player for the beginning of the Malone-Stockton era. Number retired by the Jazz.

Dave Corzine:

  • Center. Washington Bullets 1978-1980, San Antonio Spurs 1980-1982, Chicago Bulls 1982-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1990, Seattle SuperSonics 1990-1991.

  • 1x AP/NABC Second Team All-American (1978), 1x UPI Third Team All-American (1978). Career 8.5/5.9/1.7, Totals 7,615/5,262/1,477.

  • Starting center for MJ's Bulls- was later traded for a pick that became Toni Kukoc.

Dave Greenwood:

  • Center. Chicago Bulls 1979-1985, San Antonio Spurs 1985-1989, Denver Nuggets 1989, Detroit Pistons 1989-1990, San Antonio Spurs 1990-1991.

  • 1980 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NBA Champion (1990 Detroit Pistons), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (78-79), 2x PAC-10 Player of the Year (78-79), 3x First Team All-PAC 10 (77-79). Career 10.2/7.9/2.0, Totals 8,428/6,537/1,614.

  • Was drafted second overall in 1979, when the Bulls lost the Magic Johnson coinflip. Later traded for George Gervin.

Jack Sikma:*

  • Center. Seattle SuperSonics 1977-1986, Milwaukee Bucks 1986-1991.

  • 7x All-Star (79-85), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x First Team All-Rookie (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics). Career 15.6/9.8/3.2, Totals 17,287/10,816/3,488.

  • Helped lead the Sonics to back to back finals, and went to the playoffs in 11 out of his 14 seasons. As a center led the league in FT%, and was before his time- by the end of his career, he had learned how to shoot threes, coming 12th in the league in 1989. Shot his teams technical free throws, and set a record for most games without a missed free throw. Also the originator of the "Sikma" post move.

Joe Barry Carroll:

  • Center. Golden State Warriors 1980-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988, New Jersey Nets 1988-1990, Denver Nuggets 1990, Phoenix Suns 1991.

  • 1x All-Star (1987), 1981 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1980), 2x First Team All-BIG 10 (79-80), 1x NABC/UPI Third Team All-American (1979). Career 17.7/7.7/1.8, Totals 12,455/5,404/1,264.

  • Carroll was selected first overall, trading away Robert Parish and the pick that would become Kevin McHale for him. Was much maligned by Warriors fan for his supposed lack of effort, being dubbed Joe Barely Cares and Just Barely Carroll. Left the Warriors for the 84-85 season, playing and winning a cup in Italy instead. Not withstanding that interruption, averaged 20 ppg for four straight years.

Kelly Tripucka:

  • Small Forward. Detroit Pistons 1981-1986, Utah Jazz 1986-1988, Charlotte Hornets 1988-1991.

  • 2x All-Star (82, 84), 1982 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Consensus Second Team All-American (79, 81), 1x UPI Third Team All-American (1980). Career 17.2/3.8/3.0, Totals 12,142/2,703/2,090.

  • Was traded from Detroit to Utah for Adrian Dantley, but stats promptly fell off a cliff. Was already being overshadowed by the new Pistons era, but would clash with Jazz coach Frank Layden, unhappy that young stars Karl Malone and John Stockton were getting more playing time. Went and put up 20 ppg on a terrible expansion Hornets team- while with Charlotte, Layden was fired, and Malone put "Frank" on his shoes in remembrance. As a response, Tripucka would put "Dick" on his own shoes, after the name of his own coach, but also targeting Malone and Layden.

Larry Drew:

  • Point Guard. Detroit Pistons 1980-1981, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1981-1986, Los Angeles Clippers 1986-1988, Los Angeles Lakers 1989-1991.

  • 1x First Team All-BIG 8 (1980). Career 11.4/1.8/5.2, Totals 8,110/1,265/3,702.

  • Peaked on the 83 Kings, averaging 20 points and 8 assists. Left to play in Italy after the Clippers, but wasn't the same caliber of player upon return.

Mike Woodson:

  • Shooting Guard. New York Knicks 1980-1981, New Jersey Nets 1982, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1982-1986, Los Angeles Clippers 1986-1988, Houston Rockets 1988-1990, Cleveland Cavaliers 1990-1991.

  • 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1980). Career 14.0/2.3/2.3, Totals 10,981/1,838/1,822.

  • Effective, high scoring sixth man with the Kings.

Mychal Thompson:

  • Center. Portland Trail Blazers 1978-1986, San Antonio Spurs 1986-1987, Los Angeles Lakers 1987-1991.

  • 1979 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1978), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1977). Career 13.7/7.4/2.3, Totals 12,810/6,951/2,141.

  • Father of Klay. Selected first overall, and had a few strong scoring seasons with the Blazers. Missed his sophomore season thanks to injury.

Pat Cummings:

  • Center/Power Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1979-1982, Dallas Mavericks 1982-1984, New York Knicks 1984-1988, Miami Heat 1988-1990, Utah Jazz 1990-1991.

  • 1x Metro Conference Player of the Year (1979), 2x First Team All-Metro Conference (78-79. Career 9.6/5.6/1.2, Totals 6,259/3,825/807.

  • Frequently missed time and spent time coming off the bench thanks to nagging foot injuries.

Paul Mokeski:

  • Center. Houston Rockets 1979-1980, Detroit Pistons 1980-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982, Milwaukee Bucks 1983-1989, Cleveland Cavaliers 1989-1990, Golden State Warriors 1990-1991.

  • Career 4.0/3.4/0.7, Totals 2,764/2,342/500.

Reggie Theus:

  • Shooting Guard. Chicago Bulls 1978-1984, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1984-1988, Atlanta Hawks 1988-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1990, New Jersey Nets 1990-1991.

  • 2x All-Star (81, 83), 1979 First Team All-Rookie. Career 18.5/3.3/6.3, Totals 19,015/3,349/6,453.

  • MJ's flashy predecessor as the Bulls shooting guard, one of the highest scorers of the 80's. Theus was still effective his last year, averaging 18 and 6 while only missing one game- if he stuck around, could have easily topped 20k points. However, he rarely made the playoffs, was mediocre when he got there, and never got past the first round.

Robert Reid:

  • Wing. Houston Rockets 1977-1988, Charlotte Hornets 1988-1989, Portland Trail Blazers 1989, Charlotte Hornets 1989-1990, Philadelphia 76ers 1990-1991.

  • Career 11.4/4.5/2.7, Totals 10,448/4,168/2500.

  • Retired in the middle of his Rockets tenure to go to Miami for his Christian faith. Came back when Houston got the first overall pick. Had a couple clutch playoff moments- led both teams in scoring in game 1 of the 1982 finals, then had a game tying three in the final seconds of game 5, 1986 WCF.

Roy Hinson:

  • Power Forward. Cleveland Cavaliers 1983-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1988, New Jersey Nets 1988-1991.

  • 1x Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year (1983), 2x First Team All-Atlantic 10 (82-83). Career 14.2/6.8/1.0, Totals 7,206/3,452/495.

  • Did his best to reverse the idiocy of Ted Stepien- averaged 20 and 7 in his 1986 season, and the Cavs flipped him for the first overall pick. He promptly was never close to that good again.

Sidney Moncrief:*

  • Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1979-1989, Atlanta Hawks 1990-1991.

  • 5x All-Star (82-86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1983), 4x Second Team All-NBA (82, 84-86), 2x Defensive Player of the Year (83-84), 4x First Team All-Defense (83-86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1979). Career 15.6/4.7/3.6, Totals 11,931/3,575/2,793.

  • Leader of the 80's Bucks, who had the third highest winning percentage in the decade, yet never made the finals. Consistently made the ECF, but was always stopped by the Sixers or Celtics. Both Jordan and Bird considered him one of the greatest defenders ever. Degenerative cartilage plus foot injuries made Moncrief's career fall apart after 1986. Made the playoffs every year of his career.

Steve Johnson:

  • Power Forward/Center. Kansas City Kings 1981-1984, Chicago Bulls 1984-1985, San Antonio Spurs 1985-1986, Portland Trail Blazers 1986-1989, Minnesota Timberwolves 1989-1990, Seattle SuperSonics 1990, Golden State Warriors 1990-1991.

  • 1x All-Star (1988), 1x FG% Leader (1986), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1981), 1x PAC-10 Player of the Year (1981), 3x First Team All-PAC 10 (79-81). Career 11.7/5.5/1.2, Totals 7,345/3,450/777.

  • A replacement for oft injured Sam Bowie- Johnson would later struggle with Kevin Duckworth for playing time after Johnson's all star year, the experiment failing and being a reason for the Blazers let down of a 1989 season, and only a year removed from an all star appearance, was unprotected in the expansion draft. The Blazers went to the finals that year.

T.R. Dunn:

  • Shooting Guard. Portland Trail Blazers 1977-1980, Denver Nuggets 1980-1988, Phoenix Suns 1988-1989, Denver Nuggets 1989-1991.

  • 3x Second Team All-Defense (83-85). Career 5.1/4.4/1.6, Totals 5,033/4,371/1,631.

  • Considered one of the 80's best rebounding guards, probably helped by the Nuggets high pace.

LAST CHANCE

Look over these players closely, for this is their 10th and final ballot.

Bob Dandridge (Y10, 16.7%):*

  • Small Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1969-1977, Washington Bullets 1977-1981, Milwaukee Bucks 1981-1982.

  • 4x All-Star (73, 75-76, 79), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1979), 1x First Team All-Defense (1979), 1970 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1971 Milwaukee Bucks, 1978 Washington Bullets). Career 18.5/6.8/3.4, Totals 15,530/5,715/2,846.

  • Went to the finals four times in his career, twice with the Bucks and twice with the Bullets. Led the Bullets in scoring in their 1979 finals run. Scored more points in the finals than anyone else over the 70's.

George McGinnis (Y10, 33.3%):*

  • Power Forward. Indiana Pacers (ABA) 1971-1975, Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, Denver Nuggets 1978-1980, Indiana Pacers 1980-1982.

  • 3x All-Star (76-77, 79), 1x All-NBA First Team (1976), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1977), 3x ABA All-Star (73-75), 2x First Team All-ABA (74-75), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1973), 1x ABA MVP (1975), 2x ABA Champion (72-73), 1x ABA Playoffs MVP (1973), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1975), 1x AP/NABC/UPI Third Team All-American (1971). Career 20.2/11.0/3.7, Totals 17,009/9,233/3,089.

  • Member of the ABA all time team. Helped lead the Sixers to the 1977 finals alongside Julius Erving, though they lost. Averaged 32.3/15.9/8.2 in the Pacers 1975 title run, though it came short. Was traded from the Sixers for Bobby Jones, then the Nuggets traded him for Alex English.

Returnees to the Ballot

Bobby Jones (Y6, 44.4%):*

  • Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1974-1978, Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1986.

  • 4x All-Star (77-78, 81-82), 8x First Team All-Defense (77-84), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1985), 1x Sixth Man of the Year (1983), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers), 1x ABA All-Star (1976), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1976), 1x ABA First Team All-Defense (75-76), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1974), 1x First Team All-ACC (1974), 1x Second Team All-ACC (1973), 1x Olympic Silver (1972). Career 12.1/6.1/2.7, Totals 11,391/5,739/2,522.

  • Number retired by the 76ers. Nicknamed the Secretary of Defense... for yeah his exceptional defensive acumen and hustle.

Caldwell Jones (Y2, 11.1%):

  • Center. San Diego Conquistadors/Sail (ABA) 1973-1975, Kentucky Colonels (ABA) 1975, Spirits of St. Louis (ABA) 1975-1976, Philadelphia 76ers 1976-1982, Houston Rockets 1982-1984, Chicago Bulls 1984-1985, Portland Trail Blazers 1985-1989, San Antonio Spurs 1989-1990.

  • 2x First Team All-Defense (81-82), 1x ABA All-Star (1975), 2x ABA Blocks Leader (74-75). Career 7.9/8.2/1.4, Totals 10,241/10,685/1,800.

  • Defensive stalwart on the late 70's early 80's Sixers, thrice visiting the finals with them before being dealt in the Moses Malone trade.

Calvin Murphy (Y9, 27.8%):*

  • Point Guard. San Diego/Houston Rockets 1970-1983.

  • 1x All-Star (1979), 1971 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Consensus First Team All-American (69-70), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1968). Career 17.9/2.1/4.4, Totals 17,949/2,103/4,402.

  • Being only 5'9, Murphy is the shortest member of the basketball hall of fame, and is tied with Isaiah Thomas as to being the shortest all star. Was a nationwide reknown baton twirler, winning a national championship as a kid, and then the Texas championship as an adult. Held Rockets scoring record prior to Hakeem.

Cedric Maxwell (Y4, 16.7%):

  • Small Forward. Boston Celtics 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1981, 1984 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1981), 2x FG% Leader (79-80), 1x Sun Belt Player of the Year (1977). Career 12.5/6.3/2.2, Totals 10,465/5,261/1,862.

  • Currently the only eligible finals MVP not in the hall of fame.

Darryl Dawkins (Y3, 11.1%):

  • Center. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1982, New Jersey Nets 1982-1987, Utah Jazz 1987, Detroit Pistons 1987-1989. 1x NBA Champion (1989 Detroit Pistons).

  • Career 12.0/6.1/1.3, Totals 8,733/4,432/917.

  • Famously nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, while also being known for his dunks- after breaking the backboard twice in the span of a few weeks, it was banned. First player to go straight from high school to the NBA.

Dennis Johnson (Y2, 55.6%):*

  • Point Guard. Seattle SuperSonics 1976-1980, Phoenix Suns 1980-1983, Boston Celtics 1983-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-82, 85), 1x All-NBA First Team (1981), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1980), 3x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics, 1984, 1986 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1979), 6x First Team All-Defense (79-83, 87), 3x Second Team All-Defense (84-86). Career 14.1/3.6/5.0, Totals 15,535/4,249/5,499.

  • Interesting player- high flying scorer in his youth, turned slick passer with the dynasty Celtics, contributing with elite defense all the way. Was called the greatest back court defender of all time by Magic Johnson.

Jamaal Wilkes (Y6, 27.8%):*

  • Small Forward. Golden State Warriors 1974-1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1986.

  • 3x All-Star (76, 81, 83), 2x Second Team All-Defense (76-77), 1975 Rookie of the Year, 1975 First Team All-Rookie, 4x NBA Champion (1975 Golden State Warriors, 1980, 1982, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x NCAA Champion (72-73), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (73-74). Career 17.7/6.2/2.5, Totals 14,644/5,117/2,050.

  • Number retired by the Lakers. Had his signature playoff moment in the 1980 finals, alongside Magic, scoring 37 in the game six, Kareem-less win.

Jim Paxson (Y2, 5.6%):

  • Shooting Guard/Small Forward. Portland Trail Blazers 1979-1988, Boston Celtics 1988-1990.

  • 2x All-Star (83-84), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1984), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1979). Career 14.3/2.0/2.9, Totals 11,199/1,593/2,300.

  • Brother of the much more famous John Paxson, even if Jim was a considerably better player. Left Portland as their all time leading scorer, but his starting role and that title was swiftly usurped by Clyde Drexler.

Johnny Moore (Y2, 5.6%):

  • Point Guard. San Antonio Spurs 1980-1987, New Jersey Nets 1987, San Antonio Spurs 1989-1990.

  • 1x Assists Leader (1982), 1x First Team All-SWC (1979). Career 9.4/3.0/7.4, Totals 4,890/1,548/3,886.

  • Moore's career was cut short by an onset of "Desert Fever" a life threatening fungal disease, that essentially ended his career in 1986. Number retired by the Spurs.

Kurt Nimphius (Y2, 5.6%):

  • Center. Dallas Mavericks 1981-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1987, Detroit Pistons 1987, San Antonio Spurs 1987-1988, Philadelphia 76ers 1989-1990.

  • 1x First Team All-PAC 10 (1980). Career 6.4/4.4/1.2, Totals 3,602/2,474/681.

  • The 1981 Mavs rookie class is probably one of the best in NBA history- Aguirre and Rolando Blackman would be the teams stars, while Jay Vincent and Nimphius were rock solid contributors.

Marques Johnson (Y2, 33.3%):

  • Small Forward/Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1977-1984, Los Angeles Clippers 1984-1987, Golden State Warriors 1989-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-81, 83, 86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1979), 2x Second Team All-NBA (80-81), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1986), 1978 All-Rookie First Team, 1x NCAA Champion (1975), 1x National College Player of the Year (1977), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1976), 1x PAC-8 Player of the Year (1977), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (76-77). Career 20.1/7.0/3.6, Totals 13,892/4,817/2,502.

  • Only a year after winning comeback player of the year, Johnson suffered a career ending neck injury, aside from a failed 10 game comeback with the Warriors. Claims to have invented the term point forward.

Michael Cooper (Y2, 33.3%):

  • Shooting Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1978-1990.

  • 1x Defensive Player of the Year (1987), 5x First Team All-Defense (82, 84-85, 87-88), 3x Second Team All-Defense (81, 83, 86), 5x NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x USBWA First Team All-American (1978), 2x First Team All-WAC (77-78). Career 8.9/3.2/4.2, Totals 7,729/2,769/3,666.

  • Called by Larry Bird as the best defender. Was a finalist for the hall of fame in 2022, but was not selected.

Mike McGee (Y2, 5.6%):

  • Shooting Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1981-1986, Atlanta Hawks 1986-1987, Sacramento Kings 1987-1988, New Jersey Nets 1988-1989, Phoenix Suns 1989-1990.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1982, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x First Team All-BIG 10 (80-81). Career 9.6/2.1/1.2, Totals 4,968/1,112/629.

  • Career off the bench scorer.

Otis Birdsong (Y3, 5.6%):

  • Shooting Guard. Kansas City Kings 1977-1981, New Jersey Nets 1981-1988, Boston Celtics 1988-1989.

  • 4x All-Star (79-81, 84), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1981), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977). Career 18.0/3.0/3.2, Totals 12,544/2,072/2,260.

  • Another tragic case of injuries cutting a career short- in the midst of the playoff run of his career 1981 season, Birdsong would go down with an ankle injury, then being traded for nothing but a second round pick.

Paul Westphal (Y8, 55.6%):*

  • Shooting Guard. Boston Celtics 1972-1975, Phoenix Suns 1975-1980, Seattle SuperSonics 1980-1981, New York Knicks 1981-1983, Phoenix Suns 1983-1984.

  • 5x All-Star (77-81), 3x First Team All-NBA (77, 79-80), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1974 Boston Celtics), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1983), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1971), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1972), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1971), 2x UPI Third Team All-American (71-72), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (71-72). Career 15.6/1.9/4.4, Totals 12,809/1,580/3,591.

  • Was traded to the Sonics for Dennis Johnson, but swiftly injured his foot, leading to his eventual comeback player of the year award. Improbably led the 42 win Suns to the 1976 finals, where he entered NBA lore in the "greatest game ever played," where he called a timeout when the Suns didn't have one, letting the Celtics go up two with two seconds left- HOWEVER, it allowed the Suns to receive the ball at half court instead of full, enabling Westphal to deliver a game tying pass after fans already stormed the court. The game went to triple overtime, but the Suns ultimately lost and that loophole was covered thereafter.

Purvis Short (Y2, 5.6%):

  • Small Forward. Golden State Warriors 1978-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1989, New Jersey Nets 1989-1990.

  • 2x SWAC Player of the Year (77-78). Career 17.3/4.3/2.5, Totals 14,607/3,625/2,123.

  • A successful sixth man to start his career, he'd come into his own in the mid 80's, even averaging 28 ppg to come in fourth in the league in scoring, amidst four straight 20+ ppg seasons, but these Warriors teams never did anything. Still one of the better never all-stars.

Spencer Haywood (Y9, 55.6%):*

  • Power Forward. Denver Rockets (ABA) 1969-1970, Seattle SuperSonics 1970-1975, New York Knicks 1975-1979, New Orleans Jazz 1979, Los Angeles Lakers 1979-1980, Washington Bullets 1981-1983.

  • 4x All-Star (72-75), 2x All-NBA First Team (72-73), 2x All-NBA Second Team (74-75), 1x NBA Champion (1980 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x ABA All-Star (1970), 1x ABA MVP (1970), 1x First Team All-ABA (1970), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1970), 1x ABA Rebounding Leader (1970), 1x ABA All-Star Game MVP (1970), 1970 ABA Rookie of the Year, 1970 ABA First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1969), 1x NCAA Rebounding Leader (1969), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 20.3/10.3/1.8, Totals 17,111/8,675/1,541.

  • Haywood tried to join the NBA out of his sophomore year of college, but the four year requirement blocked that from happening- he went to the ABA instead, who created a hardship exemption to allow him to play. Haywood would then try to go to the NBA the next year anyway, and won a case in front of the supreme court that forced the creation of a hardship exemption in the NBA too, the beginning of the end of the college requirement. Late career was ruined by an addiction to cocaine, and was notorious for plotting to kill Lakers coach Paul Westhead.

World B. Free (Y4, 16.7%):

  • Shooting Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, San Diego Clippers 1978-1980, Golden State Warriors 1980-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 1x All-Star (1980), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1979). Career 20.3/2.7/3.7, Totals 17,955/2,430/3,319.

  • Despite consistently gaudy scoring numbers, only once led his team to the playoffs as a top option, 1985 in Cleveland. Peaked averaging 30 ppg in 1980 after averaging 29 the year before, placing second behind George Gervin both times.

Series Summary

Class of 1960 - George Mikan (97.4%)

Class of 1961 - Bill Sharman (84.0%)

Class of 1962 - Paul Arizin (90.5%)

Class of 1963 - Bob Cousy (100.0%)

Class of 1964 - Dolph Schayes (91.3%)

Class of 1965 - Bob Pettit (97.4%)

Class of 1966 - None

Class of 1967 - None

Class of 1968 - Tom Heinsohn (93.3%)

Class of 1969 - Bill Russell (89.7%)

Class of 1970 - Sam Jones (90.3%)

Class of 1971 - None

Class of 1972 - Elgin Baylor (89.5%)

Class of 1973 - Wilt Chamberlain (100.0%), Hal Greer (81.0%)

Class of 1974 - Jerry West (96.6%), Oscar Robertson (96.6%), Willis Reed (82.8%)

Class of 1975 - Dave DeBusschere (91.7%), Lenny Wilkens (83.3%), Jerry Lucas (79.2%)

Class of 1976 - Connie Hawkins (76.5%)

Class of 1977 - Nate Thurmond (94.1%), Billy Cunningham (76.5%)

Class of 1978 - John Havlicek (95.5%)

Class of 1979 - None

Class of 1980 - Rick Barry (86.4%), Walt Frazier (86.4%), Pete Maravich (77.3%)

Class of 1981 - Wes Unseld (82.4%)

Class of 1982 - None

Class of 1983 - Dave Cowens (81.8%)

Class of 1984 - Tiny Archibald (75.0%)

Class of 1985 - David Thompson (80.0%)

Class of 1986 - George Gervin (95.2%), Bob Lanier (90.5%), Bob McAdoo (85.7%), Elvin Hayes (81.0%)

Class of 1987 - Julius Erving (95.0%)

Class of 1988 - Bill Walton (93.8%), Dan Issel (75.0%)

Class of 1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (97.7%)

Class of 1990 - Artis Gilmore (83.3%)

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Link: Here Unfortunately, someone really abused the ballot this time- fifty or so only World. B Free ballots, and I'd rather not sift through them again.

I'll spare the overly long intro from the first time and give this abbreviated version- starting in 1960, this series looks to go through the history of the NBA and revote on the hall of fame classes, while adopting the rules from baseball's hall of fame. (10 years on the ballot, 75%+ for induction, less than 5% and you're off.) Every voter is free to apply their own standards- you can care about or disregard character, college accomplishments or international ones. I'll provide very very limited summaries of player's accomplishments if you decide you want to read through it... or not! Most of us aren't super familiar with the 50's/60's game. If you want to read my ramblings in a little more detail, here's the link to the original post. The mods got back to me and gave me a thumbs up, so I'll try to post the new ballot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you want to try to keep up and have your uh very important voice on yesterday's NBA players be heard.

Class of 1991

It was a class dominated by newcomers... but the r/nba hall welcomes only one new member. Alex English cracks the hall on his first try, picking up 83.9% of the vote- he's our third Nugget! Second place comes Adrian Dantley, who falls short with only 67.7% of the vote.

While English cracks the hall, the man he was once traded for, George McGinnis, falls off, picking up 25.8% on his 10th and final try. Bob Dandridge isn't far behind him, notching 19.4% on his last ballot. Otis Birdsong has been in single digits every year and he finally falls off on ballot number three, while Caldwell Jones, Johnny Moore, Kurt Nimphius, Mike McGee and Purvis Short perish after year two. Finally, first-timers Darnell Valentine, Dave Corzine, Joe Barry Carroll, Larry Drew, Mike Woodson, Paul Mokeski, Robert Reid, Roy Hinson, Steve Johnson and T.R. Dunn are all gone after a round.

Class of 1992
  • = Hall of Fame

Albert King:

  • Wing. New Jersey Nets 1981-1987, Philadelphia 76ers 1987-1988, San Antonio Spurs 1988-1989, Washington Bullets 1991-1992.

  • 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1980), 1x ACC Player of the Year (1980), 1x UPI Second Team All-American (1981), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1981), 1x ACC Tournament MVP (1980). Career 12.1/4.2/2.2, Totals 6,470/2,262/1,171.

  • Brother of Bernard King. Was rated as a better prospect than Magic Johnson in high school.

Bob Hansen:

  • Shooting Guard. Utah Jazz 1983-1990, Sacramento Kings 1990-1991, Chicago Bulls 1991-1992.

  • 1x NBA Champion (1992 Chicago Bulls). Career 6.9/2.2/1.6, Totals 3,952/1,282, 947.

  • Jordan's backup on the 92 Bulls- famed for kickstarting a fourth quarter comeback in game six of the finals by knocking down a three and getting a steal after coming in for Jordan. What was a 15 point deficit became three before Jordan came back in again.

Brad Davis:

  • Point Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1978, Indiana Pacers 1979, Utah Jazz 1980, Dallas Mavericks 1980-1992.

  • 2x Second Team All-ACC (75, 77). Career 8.2/1.8/4.9, Totals 7,866/1,738/4,709.

  • Davis struggled to find a spot in the NBA until he was signed by the expansion Mavericks. Would be the last original Maverick to retire, and set the record for guard FG%. Number retired by the Mavs.

Cliff Robinson:

  • Small Forward. New Jersey Nets 1979-1981, Kansas City Kings 1981-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1984, Washington Bullets 1984-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1989, Los Angeles Lakers 1991-1992.

  • 2x First Team All-PAC 10 (78-79). Career 17.2/8.3/2.0, Totals 10,823/5,237/1,249.

  • Knee injury cut Robinson's career short. Youngest player in the league for two straight seasons, his 45 point game against Detroit remains the highest ever for a teenager.

Craig Hodges:

  • Shooting Guard. San Diego Clippers 1982-1984, Milwaukee Bucks 1984-1988, Phoenix Suns 1988, Chicago Bulls 1988-1992.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1991-92 Chicago Bulls), 1x First Team All-PCAA (1982). Career 8.5/1.3/2.5, Totals 5,940/937/1,769.

  • Won three straight three point contests, 1990-1992. Was released by the Bulls, yet still participated in the 1993 contest, losing in the semi-finals.

Gerald Henderson:

  • Point Guard. Boston Celtics 1979-1984, Seattle SuperSonics 1984-1986, New York Knicks 1986-1987, Philadelphia 76ers 1987-1989, Milwaukee Bucks 1989, Detroit Pistons 1989-1991, Houston Rockets 1991-1992, Detroit Pistons 1992.

  • 3x NBA Champion (1981, 84 Boston Celtics, 1990 Detroit Pistons). Career 8.9/1.7/3.6, Totals 7,773/1,453/3,141.

  • Best known for his game tying steal in game 2 of the 1984 finals, which the Celtics eventually won in overtime. Henderson remarked that he could just hear "Henderson stole the ball," a play on the famed Havlicek steal.

Jon Sundvold:

  • Shooting Guard. Seattle SuperSonics 1983-1985, San Antonio Spurs 1985-1988, Miami Heat 1988-1992.

  • 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1983). Career 7.7/1.1/2.9, Totals 3,886/554/1,469.

  • Competed in the three point contest in 1989 and 1990.

Larry Bird:*

  • Small Forward. Boston Celtics 1979-1992.

  • 12x All-Star (80-88, 90-92), 9x First Team All-NBA (80-88), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1990), 3x MVP (84-86), 3x NBA Champion (1981, 84, 86 Boston Celtics), 2x Finals MVP (84, 86), 3x Second Team All-Defense (82-84), 1980 Rookie of the Year, 1980 All-Rookie Team, 1x All-Star Game MVP (1982), 1x National College Player of the Year (1979), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (78-79), 2x MVC Player of the Year (78-79), 1x Olympic Gold (1992). Career 24.3/10.0/6.3, Totals 21,791/8,974/5,695.

  • Member of the 75th anniversary team. Twice 50-40-90, the first player to ever accomplish this feat. Three time three point contest winner. Injured his back doing work on his mother's driveway, thus slowing down his career permanently. Bird is just another player where pretty much everyone knows his story already... no need to put more.

Quintin Dailey:

  • Shooting Guard. Chicago Bulls 1982-1986, Los Angeles Clippers 1986-1989, Seattle SuperSonics 1989-1992.

  • 1983 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1982), 2x WCAC Player of the Year (81-82), 2x First Team All-WCAC (81-82). Career 14.1/2.5/2.3, Totals 7,470/1,307/1,188.

  • Career beginning filled with controversy! USF shut down their basketball program thanks to machinations around paying Dailey, and he plead guilty to sexually assaulting someone. This mark wouldn't stop him from being drafted 7th overall, and in his first press conference claimed he hadn't had a chance to tell "his side of the story." He was then sued and lost 100k.

Ralph Sampson:*

  • Center. Houston Rockets 1983-1987, Golden State Warriors 1987-1989, Sacramento Kings 1989-1991, Washington Bullets 1991-1992.

  • 4x All-Star (84-87), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1985), 1984 Rookie of the Year, 1984 First Team All-Rookie, 1x All-Star Game MVP (1985), 3x National College Player of the Year (81-83), 3x Consensus First Team All-American (81-83), 3x ACC Player of the Year (81-83), 3x First Team All-ACC (81-83). Career 14.4/8.8/2.3, Totals 7,039/4,011/1,038.

  • First overall pick, stayed an extra year in college to avoid going to the Clippers. Helped take the Rockets to the 86 finals, alongside Hakeem, before his body pretty much fell apart and he never played a full season again.

Randy Wittman:

  • Shooting Guard. Atlanta Hawks 1983-1988, Sacramento Kings 1988-1989, Indiana Pacers 1989-1992.

  • 1x NCAA Champion (1981), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1983). Career 7.4/1.4/2.2, Totals 4,034/760/1,201.

Rickey Green:

  • Point Guard. Golden State Warriors 1977-1978, Detroit Pistons 1978, Utah Jazz 1980-1988, Charlotte Hornets 1988-1989, Milwaukee Bucks 1989, Indiana Pacers 1989-1990, Philadelphia 76ers 1990-1991, Boston Celtics 1991-1992.

  • 1x All-Star (1984), 1x Steals Leader (1984), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977). Career 9.4/1.9/5.5, Totals 8,870/1,819/5,221.

  • Washed out of the NBA into the Continental Basketball Association, where he became more of a pass first guard and was picked up by the Jazz. Scored the 5 millionth point in NBA history.

Rory Sparrow:

  • Point Guard. New Jersey Nets 1980-1981, Atlanta Hawks 1981-1983, New York Knicks 1983-1987, Chicago Bulls 1987-1988, Miami Heat 1988-1990, Sacramento Kings 1990-1991, Chicago Bulls 1991, Los Angeles Lakers 1991-1992.

  • Career 9.0/2.1/5.0, Totals 7,557/1,755/4,192.

  • Scored the first basket in Heat history. Won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award.

Vinnie Johnson:

  • Shooting Guard. Seattle SuperSonics 1979-1981, Detroit Pistons 1981-1991, San Antonio Spurs 1991-1992.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1989-90 Detroit Pistons), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1979). Career 12.0/3.3/3.2, Totals 11,825/3,212/3,109.

  • The classic sixth man scorer, nicknamed the microwave for his ability to heat up the offense. Microwave scorer endures to this day. Nailed the go-ahead, series clinching shot in game 5 of the 1990 finals. Number retired by the Pistons.

Walter Davis:

  • Shooting Guard. Phoenix Suns 1977-1988, Denver Nuggets 1988-1991, Portland Trail Blazers 1991, Denver Nuggets 1991-1992.

  • 6x All-Star (78-81, 84, 87), 2x Second Team All-NBA (78-79), 1978 Rookie of the Year, 1978 First Team All-Rookie, 1x First Team All-ACC (1977), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 18.9/3.3/2.5, Totals 19,521/3,053/3,878.

  • Suns all-time leading scorer. Middle of his career wrecked by cocaine and injury issues, otherwise would have crossed 20k points. Set an NBA record by scoring 34 straight points before missing a shot.

Wayne Cooper:

  • Center. Golden State Warriors 1978-1980, Utah Jazz 1980-1981, Dallas Mavericks 1981-1982, Portland Trail Blazers 1982-1984, Denver Nuggets 1984-1989, Portland Trail Blazers 1989-1992.

  • 1x Sun Belt Player of the Year (1978), 2x First Team All-Sun Belt (77-78). Career 7.9/6.2/0.9, Totals 7,777/6,095/852.

  • Was traded straight up for Bernard King in 1980. Visited the finals twice as a roleplayer on the Blazers.

LAST CHANCE

Look over these players closely, for they are on their 10th and final ballot!

Calvin Murphy (Y10, 12.9%):*

  • Point Guard. San Diego/Houston Rockets 1970-1983.

  • 1x All-Star (1979), 1971 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Consensus First Team All-American (69-70), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1968). Career 17.9/2.1/4.4, Totals 17,949/2,103/4,402.

  • Being only 5'9, Murphy is the shortest member of the basketball hall of fame, and is tied with Isaiah Thomas as to being the shortest all star. Was a nationwide reknown baton twirler, winning a national championship as a kid, and then the Texas championship as an adult. Held Rockets scoring record prior to Hakeem.

Spencer Haywood (Y10, 25.8%):*

  • Power Forward. Denver Rockets (ABA) 1969-1970, Seattle SuperSonics 1970-1975, New York Knicks 1975-1979, New Orleans Jazz 1979, Los Angeles Lakers 1979-1980, Washington Bullets 1981-1983.

  • 4x All-Star (72-75), 2x All-NBA First Team (72-73), 2x All-NBA Second Team (74-75), 1x NBA Champion (1980 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x ABA All-Star (1970), 1x ABA MVP (1970), 1x First Team All-ABA (1970), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1970), 1x ABA Rebounding Leader (1970), 1x ABA All-Star Game MVP (1970), 1970 ABA Rookie of the Year, 1970 ABA First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1969), 1x NCAA Rebounding Leader (1969), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 20.3/10.3/1.8, Totals 17,111/8,675/1,541.

  • Haywood tried to join the NBA out of his sophomore year of college, but the four year requirement blocked that from happening- he went to the ABA instead, who created a hardship exemption to allow him to play. Haywood would then try to go to the NBA the next year anyway, and won a case in front of the supreme court that forced the creation of a hardship exemption in the NBA too, the beginning of the end of the college requirement. Late career was ruined by an addiction to cocaine, and was notorious for plotting to kill Lakers coach Paul Westhead.

Returnees to the Ballot

Adrian Dantley (Y2, 67.7%):*

  • Small Forward. Buffalo Braves 1976-1977, Indiana Pacers 1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1979, Utah Jazz 1979-1986, Detroit Pistons 1986-1989, Dallas Mavericks 1989-1990, Milwaukee Bucks 1990-1991.

  • 6x All-Star (80-82, 84-86), 2x Second Team All-NBA (81, 84), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1984), 1977 Rookie of the Year, 1977 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Scoring Leader (81, 84), 1x Oscar Robertson Trophy (1976), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (75-76), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 24.3/5.7/3.0, Totals 23,177/5,455/2,830.

  • Averaged over 30 ppg four straight years with Utah. Helped bring the Pistons to the 1988 Finals, averaging 20 ppg across the playoffs even though it ended in a game 7 loss- was flipped the next season for Mark Aguirre. A bit notorious for being a blackhole on offense, despite being highly efficient, and also clashing with coaches.

Bobby Jones (Y7, 25.8%):*

  • Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1974-1978, Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1986.

  • 4x All-Star (77-78, 81-82), 8x First Team All-Defense (77-84), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1985), 1x Sixth Man of the Year (1983), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers), 1x ABA All-Star (1976), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1976), 1x ABA First Team All-Defense (75-76), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1974), 1x First Team All-ACC (1974), 1x Second Team All-ACC (1973), 1x Olympic Silver (1972). Career 12.1/6.1/2.7, Totals 11,391/5,739/2,522.

  • Number retired by the 76ers. Nicknamed the Secretary of Defense... for yeah his exceptional defensive acumen and hustle.

Cedric Maxwell (Y5, 22.6%):

  • Small Forward. Boston Celtics 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1981, 1984 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1981), 2x FG% Leader (79-80), 1x Sun Belt Player of the Year (1977). Career 12.5/6.3/2.2, Totals 10,465/5,261/1,862.

  • Currently the only eligible finals MVP not in the hall of fame.

Darryl Dawkins (Y4, 19.4%):

  • Center. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1982, New Jersey Nets 1982-1987, Utah Jazz 1987, Detroit Pistons 1987-1989. 1x NBA Champion (1989 Detroit Pistons).

  • Career 12.0/6.1/1.3, Totals 8,733/4,432/917.

  • Famously nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, while also being known for his dunks- after breaking the backboard twice in the span of a few weeks, it was banned. First player to go straight from high school to the NBA.

Dave Greenwood (Y2, 6.5%):

  • Center. Chicago Bulls 1979-1985, San Antonio Spurs 1985-1989, Denver Nuggets 1989, Detroit Pistons 1989-1990, San Antonio Spurs 1990-1991.

  • 1980 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NBA Champion (1990 Detroit Pistons), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (78-79), 2x PAC-10 Player of the Year (78-79), 3x First Team All-PAC 10 (77-79). Career 10.2/7.9/2.0, Totals 8,428/6,537/1,614.

  • Was drafted second overall in 1979, when the Bulls lost the Magic Johnson coinflip. Later traded for George Gervin.

Dennis Johnson (Y3, 41.9%):*

  • Point Guard. Seattle SuperSonics 1976-1980, Phoenix Suns 1980-1983, Boston Celtics 1983-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-82, 85), 1x All-NBA First Team (1981), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1980), 3x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics, 1984, 1986 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1979), 6x First Team All-Defense (79-83, 87), 3x Second Team All-Defense (84-86). Career 14.1/3.6/5.0, Totals 15,535/4,249/5,499.

  • Interesting player- high flying scorer in his youth, turned slick passer with the dynasty Celtics, contributing with elite defense all the way. Was called the greatest back court defender of all time by Magic Johnson.

Jack Sikma (Y2, 45.2%):*

  • Center. Seattle SuperSonics 1977-1986, Milwaukee Bucks 1986-1991.

  • 7x All-Star (79-85), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x First Team All-Rookie (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics). Career 15.6/9.8/3.2, Totals 17,287/10,816/3,488.

  • Helped lead the Sonics to back to back finals, and went to the playoffs in 11 out of his 14 seasons. As a center led the league in FT%, and was before his time- by the end of his career, he had learned how to shoot threes, coming 12th in the league in 1989. Shot his teams technical free throws, and set a record for most games without a missed free throw. Also the originator of the "Sikma" post move.

Jamaal Wilkes (Y7, 6.5%):*

  • Small Forward. Golden State Warriors 1974-1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1986.

  • 3x All-Star (76, 81, 83), 2x Second Team All-Defense (76-77), 1975 Rookie of the Year, 1975 First Team All-Rookie, 4x NBA Champion (1975 Golden State Warriors, 1980, 1982, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x NCAA Champion (72-73), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (73-74). Career 17.7/6.2/2.5, Totals 14,644/5,117/2,050.

  • Number retired by the Lakers. Had his signature playoff moment in the 1980 finals, alongside Magic, scoring 37 in the game six, Kareem-less win.

Jim Paxson (Y3, 9.7%):

  • Shooting Guard/Small Forward. Portland Trail Blazers 1979-1988, Boston Celtics 1988-1990.

  • 2x All-Star (83-84), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1984), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1979). Career 14.3/2.0/2.9, Totals 11,199/1,593/2,300.

  • Brother of the much more famous John Paxson, even if Jim was a considerably better player. Left Portland as their all time leading scorer, but his starting role and that title was swiftly usurped by Clyde Drexler.

Kelly Tripucka (Y2, 6.5%):

  • Small Forward. Detroit Pistons 1981-1986, Utah Jazz 1986-1988, Charlotte Hornets 1988-1991.

  • 2x All-Star (82, 84), 1982 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Consensus Second Team All-American (79, 81), 1x UPI Third Team All-American (1980). Career 17.2/3.8/3.0, Totals 12,142/2,703/2,090.

  • Was traded from Detroit to Utah for Adrian Dantley, but stats promptly fell off a cliff. Was already being overshadowed by the new Pistons era, but would clash with Jazz coach Frank Layden, unhappy that young stars Karl Malone and John Stockton were getting more playing time. Went and put up 20 ppg on a terrible expansion Hornets team- while with Charlotte, Layden was fired, and Malone put "Frank" on his shoes in remembrance. As a response, Tripucka would put "Dick" on his own shoes, after the name of his own coach, but also targeting Malone and Layden.

Marques Johnson (Y3, 16.1%):

  • Small Forward/Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1977-1984, Los Angeles Clippers 1984-1987, Golden State Warriors 1989-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-81, 83, 86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1979), 2x Second Team All-NBA (80-81), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1986), 1978 All-Rookie First Team, 1x NCAA Champion (1975), 1x National College Player of the Year (1977), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1976), 1x PAC-8 Player of the Year (1977), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (76-77). Career 20.1/7.0/3.6, Totals 13,892/4,817/2,502.

  • Only a year after winning comeback player of the year, Johnson suffered a career ending neck injury, aside from a failed 10 game comeback with the Warriors. Claims to have invented the term point forward.

Michael Cooper (Y3, 25.8%):

  • Shooting Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1978-1990.

  • 1x Defensive Player of the Year (1987), 5x First Team All-Defense (82, 84-85, 87-88), 3x Second Team All-Defense (81, 83, 86), 5x NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x USBWA First Team All-American (1978), 2x First Team All-WAC (77-78). Career 8.9/3.2/4.2, Totals 7,729/2,769/3,666.

  • Called by Larry Bird as the best defender. Was a finalist for the hall of fame in 2022, but was not selected.

Mychal Thompson (Y2, 9.7%):

  • Center. Portland Trail Blazers 1978-1986, San Antonio Spurs 1986-1987, Los Angeles Lakers 1987-1991.

  • 1979 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1978), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1977). Career 13.7/7.4/2.3, Totals 12,810/6,951/2,141.

  • Father of Klay. Selected first overall, and had a few strong scoring seasons with the Blazers. Missed his sophomore season thanks to injury.

Pat Cummings (Y2, 9.7%):

  • Center/Power Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1979-1982, Dallas Mavericks 1982-1984, New York Knicks 1984-1988, Miami Heat 1988-1990, Utah Jazz 1990-1991.

  • 1x Metro Conference Player of the Year (1979), 2x First Team All-Metro Conference (78-79. Career 9.6/5.6/1.2, Totals 6,259/3,825/807.

  • Frequently missed time and spent time coming off the bench thanks to nagging foot injuries.

Paul Westphal (Y9, 32.3%):*

  • Shooting Guard. Boston Celtics 1972-1975, Phoenix Suns 1975-1980, Seattle SuperSonics 1980-1981, New York Knicks 1981-1983, Phoenix Suns 1983-1984.

  • 5x All-Star (77-81), 3x First Team All-NBA (77, 79-80), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1974 Boston Celtics), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1983), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1971), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1972), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1971), 2x UPI Third Team All-American (71-72), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (71-72). Career 15.6/1.9/4.4, Totals 12,809/1,580/3,591.

  • Was traded to the Sonics for Dennis Johnson, but swiftly injured his foot, leading to his eventual comeback player of the year award. Improbably led the 42 win Suns to the 1976 finals, where he entered NBA lore in the "greatest game ever played," where he called a timeout when the Suns didn't have one, letting the Celtics go up two with two seconds left- HOWEVER, it allowed the Suns to receive the ball at half court instead of full, enabling Westphal to deliver a game tying pass after fans already stormed the court. The game went to triple overtime, but the Suns ultimately lost and that loophole was covered thereafter.

Reggie Theus (Y2, 6.5%):

  • Shooting Guard. Chicago Bulls 1978-1984, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1984-1988, Atlanta Hawks 1988-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1990, New Jersey Nets 1990-1991.

  • 2x All-Star (81, 83), 1979 First Team All-Rookie. Career 18.5/3.3/6.3, Totals 19,015/3,349/6,453.

  • MJ's flashy predecessor as the Bulls shooting guard, one of the highest scorers of the 80's. Theus was still effective his last year, averaging 18 and 6 while only missing one game- if he stuck around, could have easily topped 20k points. However, he rarely made the playoffs, was mediocre when he got there, and never got past the first round.

Sidney Moncrief (Y2, 64.5%):*

  • Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1979-1989, Atlanta Hawks 1990-1991.

  • 5x All-Star (82-86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1983), 4x Second Team All-NBA (82, 84-86), 2x Defensive Player of the Year (83-84), 4x First Team All-Defense (83-86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1979). Career 15.6/4.7/3.6, Totals 11,931/3,575/2,793.

  • Leader of the 80's Bucks, who had the third highest winning percentage in the decade, yet never made the finals. Consistently made the ECF, but was always stopped by the Sixers or Celtics. Both Jordan and Bird considered him one of the greatest defenders ever. Degenerative cartilage plus foot injuries made Moncrief's career fall apart after 1986. Made the playoffs every year of his career.

World B. Free (Y5, 19.4%):

  • Shooting Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, San Diego Clippers 1978-1980, Golden State Warriors 1980-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 1x All-Star (1980), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1979). Career 20.3/2.7/3.7, Totals 17,955/2,430/3,319.

  • Despite consistently gaudy scoring numbers, only once led his team to the playoffs as a top option, 1985 in Cleveland. Peaked averaging 30 ppg in 1980 after averaging 29 the year before, placing second behind George Gervin both times.

Veteran's Committee- 60's Era

Bailey Howell:*

  • Power Forward. Detroit Pistons 1959-1964, Baltimore Bullets 1964-1966, Boston Celtics 1966-1970, Philadelphia 76ers 1970-1971.

  • 6x All-Star (61-64, 66-67), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1963), 2x NBA Champion (1968-69 Boston Celtics), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1959), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1958). Career 18.7/9.9/1.9, Totals 17,770/9,383/1,853.

  • Unlike most of the hall of famers with end of career Celtics stints, Howell was very effective- averaged 20 and 10 in the 1968 playoffs, replacing Heinsohn in their hall of fame line-up. At the time of his retirement, was a top 10 scorer and rebounder of all time.

Chet Walker:*

  • Small Forward. Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers 1962-1969, Chicago Bulls 1969-1975.

  • 7x All-Star (64, 66-67, 70-71, 73-74), 1963 All Rookie First Team, 1x NBA Champion (1967 Philadelphia 76ers), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (61-62), 1x AP/NABC/UPI Second Team All-American (1960), 3x First Team All-MVC (60-62). Career 18.2/7.1/2.1, Totals 18,831/7,314/2,216.

  • After averaging 19.2 ppg and leading the Bulls to a game 7 loss in the conference finals, the Bulls would refuse to give Walker his 200,000 salary demand, and also refused to trade or release him. Walker sued the Bulls and NBA but lost, retiring. The Bulls would fall to 24 wins after losing him. He would later have an extensive career as a producer, even winning an Emmy.

Dick Barnett:

  • Shooting Guard. Syracuse Nationals 1959-1961, Los Angeles Lakers 1962-1965, New York Knicks 1965-1974.

  • 1x All-Star (1968), 2x NBA Champion (1970, 1973 New York Knicks), 3x NAIA Champion (57-59), 3x Little College All-American (57-59), 2x NAIA Tournament MVP (58-59). Career 15.8/2.9/2.8, Totals 15,358/2,812/2,729.

  • One of the first modern sixth men! Barnett played starter level minutes off the bench for the Nationals and Lakers, and later even the Knicks.

Gus Johnson:*

  • Power Forward. Baltimore Bullets 1963-1972, Phoenix Suns 1972-1973.

  • 5x All-Star (65, 68-71), 4x All-NBA Second Team (65-66, 70-71), 2x First Team All-Defense (70-71), 1964 All-Rookie First Team, 1x ABA Champion (1973). Career 17.1/12.7/2.7, Totals 10,243/7,624/1,603.

  • Helped lead the Bullets to the 1971 finals, before career debilitating knee injuries. Left the NBA to play with the Pacers in 1973, before retiring. One of the first great dunkers.

Guy Rodgers:*

  • Point Guard. Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors 1958-1966, Chicago Bulls 1966-1967, Cincinnati Royals 1967-1968, Milwaukee Bucks 1968-1970.

  • 4x All-Star (63-64, 66-67), 2x Assists Leader (63, 67), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1958), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1957). Career 11.7/4.3/7.8, Totals 10,415/3,791/6,917.

  • Was second in the league in assists six times. Held the single season assist record from 1967-1973. Tied single game assist record until 1978.

Richie Guerin:*

  • Point Guard. New York Knicks 1956-1963, St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks 1963-1970.

  • 6x All-Star (58-63), 3x All-NBA Second Team (59-60, 62). Career 17.3/5.0/5.0, Totals 14,676/4,278/4,211.

  • Drafted in 1954, served two years in the marines before his career started. Was player-coach for the Hawks, winning coach of the year in 1968.

Rudy LaRusso:

  • Power Forward. Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers 1959-1967, San Francisco Warriors 1967-1969.

  • 5x All-Star (62-63, 66, 68-69), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1969). Career 15.6/9.4/2.1, Totals 11,507/6,936/1,556.

  • Went to the finals four times with the Lakers, behind West and Baylor. After leaving the Lakers, averaged 20 ppg both seasons with the Warriors, before suddenly retiring to become a banker and sports agent. To my knowledge, this was the last case of an NBA player retiring in their prime to seek out a more profitable job elsewhere, the last of a line including Paul Arizin and George Yardley.

Walt Bellamy:*

  • Center. Chicago Packers/Zephys/Baltimore Bullets 1961-1965, New York Knicks 1965-1968, Detroit Pistons 1968-1970, Atlanta Hawks 1970-1974, New Orleans Jazz 1974-1975.

  • 4x All-Star (62-65), 1962 Rookie of the Year, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1961), 1x USBWA First Team All-American (1960), 1x NEA Second Team All-American (1960), 1x UPI Third Team All-American (1960), 1x Olympic Gold (1960). Career 20.1/13.7/2.4, Totals 20,941/14,241/2,544.

  • Second highest scoring rookie season of all time behind Wilt. 8th player to reach 20k career points. Holds the record for most games played in a season, with 88. 12th all time in rebounds.

Wayne Embry:*

  • Center. Cincinnati Royals 1958-1966, Boston Celtics 1966-1968, Milwaukee Bucks 1968-1969.

  • 5x All-Star (61-65), 1x NBA Champion (1968 Boston Celtics), 2x First Team All-MAC (57-58). Career 12.5/9.1/1.4, Totals 10,380/7,544/1,194.

  • First African-American general manager. Almost retired to become a Pepsi salesman, but Bill Russell talked him out of it so he could come to the Celtics and be the backup center.

Zelmo Beaty:*

  • Center. St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks 1962-1969, Utah Stars (ABA) 1970-1974, Los Angeles Lakers 1974-1975.

  • 2x All-Star (66, 68), 1963 All-Rookie First Team, 3x ABA All-Star (71-73), 2x All-ABA Second Team (71-72), 1x ABA Champion (1971), 1x ABA Playoffs MVP (1971). Career 17.1/10.9/1.5, Totals 15,207/9,665/1,365.

  • Member of the ABA all-time team. Helped lead the Hawks to the playoffs every year of his career, transitioning nicely from the Bob Pettit era.

Series Summary

Class of 1960 - George Mikan (97.4%)

Class of 1961 - Bill Sharman (84.0%)

Class of 1962 - Paul Arizin (90.5%)

Class of 1963 - Bob Cousy (100.0%)

Class of 1964 - Dolph Schayes (91.3%)

Class of 1965 - Bob Pettit (97.4%)

Class of 1966 - None

Class of 1967 - None

Class of 1968 - Tom Heinsohn (93.3%)

Class of 1969 - Bill Russell (89.7%)

Class of 1970 - Sam Jones (90.3%)

Class of 1971 - None

Class of 1972 - Elgin Baylor (89.5%)

Class of 1973 - Wilt Chamberlain (100.0%), Hal Greer (81.0%)

Class of 1974 - Jerry West (96.6%), Oscar Robertson (96.6%), Willis Reed (82.8%)

Class of 1975 - Dave DeBusschere (91.7%), Lenny Wilkens (83.3%), Jerry Lucas (79.2%)

Class of 1976 - Connie Hawkins (76.5%)

Class of 1977 - Nate Thurmond (94.1%), Billy Cunningham (76.5%)

Class of 1978 - John Havlicek (95.5%)

Class of 1979 - None

Class of 1980 - Rick Barry (86.4%), Walt Frazier (86.4%), Pete Maravich (77.3%)

Class of 1981 - Wes Unseld (82.4%)

Class of 1982 - None

Class of 1983 - Dave Cowens (81.8%)

Class of 1984 - Tiny Archibald (75.0%)

Class of 1985 - David Thompson (80.0%)

Class of 1986 - George Gervin (95.2%), Bob Lanier (90.5%), Bob McAdoo (85.7%), Elvin Hayes (81.0%)

Class of 1987 - Julius Erving (95.0%)

Class of 1988 - Bill Walton (93.8%), Dan Issel (75.0%)

Class of 1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (97.7%)

Class of 1990 - Artis Gilmore (83.3%)

Class of 1991 - Alex English (83.9%)

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Link: Here REMEMBER: ONLY VOTE ONCE- I don't want to collect your emails.

I'll spare the overly long intro from the first time and give this abbreviated version- starting in 1960, this series looks to go through the history of the NBA and revote on the hall of fame classes, while adopting the rules from baseball's hall of fame. (10 years on the ballot, 75%+ for induction, less than 5% and you're off.) Every voter is free to apply their own standards- you can care about or disregard character, college accomplishments or international ones. I'll provide very very limited summaries of player's accomplishments if you decide you want to read through it... or not! Most of us aren't super familiar with the 50's/60's game. If you want to read my ramblings in a little more detail, here's the link to the original post. The mods got back to me and gave me a thumbs up, so I'll try to post the new ballot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you want to try to keep up and have your uh very important voice on old NBA players be heard.

Class of 1988

The hall of fame gets two members bigger! Leading the way, on his second ballot, is Blazers legend Bill Walton, whose total of 93.8% of the vote is 30% more than he got on his second. Meanwhile, slipping in on his fourth ballot, Nuggets big man Dan Issel slips in, collecting 75.0% of the vote despite never coming that close before. Newcomer Artis Gilmore led the rest of the pack, picking up 62.5% of the vote.

After sticking around the ballot all ten years, Gail Goodrich and Lou Hudson both fall out, picking up 50.0% and 18.8% on their way out, respectively. Gus Williams and Eddie Johnson, both who survived their first stint, are gone as well, going under the 5% threshold. Finally, newcomers Clemon Johnson, Danny Vranes, James Bailey, Jeff Cook, Kent Benson, Louis Orr, Mike Evans and Mike Mitchell are all gone after one stay.

Class of 1989
  • = Hall of Fame

Allen Leavell: Point Guard. Houston Rockets 1979-1989. Career 9.5/1.7/4.8, Totals 6,684/1,164/3,339. Played an important part off the bench for the Rockets 81 and 86 finals appearances.

Darryl Dawkins: Center. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1982, New Jersey Nets 1982-1987, Utah Jazz 1987, Detroit Pistons 1987-1989. 1x NBA Champion (1989 Detroit Pistons). Career 12.0/6.1/1.3, Totals 8,733/4,432/917. Famously nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, while also being known for his dunks- after breaking the backboard twice in the span of a few weeks, it was banned. First player to go straight from high school to the NBA.

Darwin Cook: Shooting Guard. New Jersey Nets 1980-1986, Washington Bullets 1986-1987, San Antonio Spurs 1988-1989, Denver Nuggets 1989. Career 9.5/2.1/3.7, Totals 5,820/1,308/2,248. Post NBA career played in Italy, winning two championships there.

Dudley Bradley: Small Forward. Indiana Pacers 1979-1981, Phoenix Suns 1981-1982, Chicago Bulls 1982-1983, Washington Bullets 1984-1986, Milwaukee Bucks 1986-1987, New Jersey Nets 1987-1988, Atlanta Hawks 1988-1989. 1x Second Team All-Defense (1981). Career 5.2/1.8/1.9, Totals 3,131/1,098/1,147. Perhaps a Thybulle before a Thybulle- great defensive player with literally no offensive game, stopping him from ever starting.

Elston Turner: Shooting Guard. Dallas Mavericks 1981-1984, Denver Nuggets 1984-1986, Chicago Bulls 1986-1988, Denver Nuggets 1988-1989. Career 4.7/2.7/1.7, Totals 2,397/1,375/914. Also won an Italian championship after exiting the NBA.

Greg Ballard: Power Forward. Washington Bullets 1977-1985, Golden State Warriors 1985-1987, Seattle SuperSonics 1989. 1x NBA Champion (1978 Washington Bullets), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1977), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (76-77). Career 12.4/6.1/2.2, Totals 9,953/4,858/1,733. A young bench player on the early championship Bullets, Ballard would fill the void left by Hayes and Unseld, leading the team in scoring in a couple playoff runs in the early 80's.

Jerome Whitehead: Center. San Diego Clippers 1978-1979, Utah Jazz 1979-1980, Dallas Mavericks 1980, Cleveland Cavaliers 1980, San Diego Clippers 1981-1984, Golden State Warriors 1984-1988, San Antonio Spurs 1988-1989. 1x NCAA Champion (1977), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1978). Career 6.5/4.8/0.6, Totals 4,423/3,268/374. Scored the game winning bucket in the 1977 semifinals game.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:* Center. Milwaukee Bucks 1969-1975, Los Angeles Lakers 1975-1989. 19x All-Star (70-77, 79-89), 10x All-NBA First Team (71-74, 76-77, 80-81, 84, 86), 5x All-NBA Second Team (70, 78-79, 83, 85), 6x MVP (71-72, 74, 76-77, 80), 6x NBA Champion (1971 Milwaukee Bucks, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x Finals MVP (71, 85), 5x First Team All-Defense (74-75, 79-81), 6x Second Team All-Defense (70-71, 76-78, 84), 1970 Rookie of the Year, 1970 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Scoring Leader (71-72), 1x Rebounding Leader (1976), 4x Blocks Leader (75-76, 79-80), 3x NCAA Champion (67-69), 3x National College Player of the Year (67-69), 3x Consensus First Team All-American (67-69), 3x Most Outstanding Player (67-69). Career 24.6/11.2/3.6, Totals 38,387/17,440/5,660. It's Kareem, what do you expect me to say? All-time scoring leader, set the blocks record, third all time in rebounds. Most wins in NBA history. Had the minutes played and games record prior to being broken by Robert Parish. Famous glasses were a result of being constantly jabbed in the eye.

Marc Iavaroni: Power Forward. Philadelphia 76ers 1982-1984, San Antonio Spurs 1984-1986, Utah Jazz 1986-1989. 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers). Career 4.4/3.2/1.0, Totals 2,328/1,725/514.

Norm Nixon: Point Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1983, San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers 1983-1989. 2x All-Star (82, 85), 2x NBA Champion (1980, 1982 Los Angeles Lakers), 1978 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Eastern 8 Player of the Year (1977). Career 15.7/2.6/8.3, Totals 12,065/1,991/6,386. Led the league in total steals in 1979, and total assists in 1984. Over the entire playoffs, outscored Magic and Kareem in the Lakers 1982 finals run. After 1986, Nixon was never able to be healthy- a knee injury after stepping in a whole made him miss that season, then an achilles injury the next, sapping him of all effectiveness.

Otis Birdsong: Shooting Guard. Kansas City Kings 1977-1981, New Jersey Nets 1981-1988, Boston Celtics 1988-1989. 4x All-Star (79-81, 84), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1981), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977). Career 18.0/3.0/3.2, Totals 12,544/2,072/2,260. Another tragic case of injuries cutting a career short- in the midst of the playoff run of his career 1981 season, Birdsong would go down with an ankle injury, then being traded for nothing but a second round pick.

Phil Hubbard: Power Forward. Detroit Pistons 1979-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1989. 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1977), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 10.9/5.3/1.3, Totals 7,228/3,538/857. Part of the Bill Laimbeer trade, and was an excellent sixth man/spot starter for the Cavs in one of their darkest eras.

Terry Tyler: Small Forward. Detroit Pistons 1978-1985, Sacramento Kings 1985-1988, Dallas Mavericks 1988-1989. 1979 First Team All-Rookie. Career 10.2/5.4/1.2, Totals 8,868/4,675/1,039. Participated in the 1986 slam dunk competition, where he came in 8th.

LAST CHANCE

The following players are on their 10th and final ballot. Look over them carefully!

Earl Monroe (Y10, 56.3%):* Shooting Guard. Baltimore Bullets 1967-1971, New York Knicks 1971-1980. 4x All-Star (69, 71, 75, 77), 1x First Team All-NBA (1969), 1968 Rookie of the Year, 1968 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NBA Champion (1973 New York Knicks). Career 18.8/3.0/3.9, Totals 17,454/2,796/3,594. Member of the 75th anniversary team. Alongside Gus Johnson and Wes Unseld helped lead the Bullets to the 71 Finals, the first of three straight for Monroe. Known for flashy, smooth style of play.

Phil Jackson (Y10, 25.0%): Power Forward. New York Knicks 1967-1978, New Jersey Nets 1978-1980. 1968 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1970, 1973 New York Knicks), 2x DII All-American (66-67), 2x NCC Player of the Year (66-67), 3x First Team All-NCC (65-67). Career 6.7/4.3/1.1, Totals 5,428/3,454/898. I think he was a kind of good coach post retirement. Missed the 1970 championship season due to spinal fusion surgery.

Returnees to the Ballot

Alvan Adams (Y2, 6.3%): Power Forward/Center. Phoenix Suns 1975-1988. 1x All-Star (1976), 1976 Rookie of the Year, 1976 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Big 8 Player of the Year (1975), 3x First Team All-BIG 8 (73-75). Career 14.1/7.0/4.1, Totals 13,910/6,937/4,012. Suns leader in minutes, rebounds and steals, while being third in steals and fourth in blocks. Set career highs in assists, points, steals and blocks his rookie year, where he helped the Suns improbably make the playoffs.

Andrew Toney (Y2, 6.3%): Shooting Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1980-1988. 2x All-Star (83-84), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers), 2x SouthLand Player of the Year (78, 80). Career 15.9/2.2/4.2, Totals 7,458/1,009/1,965. Called by Charles Barkley as the most talented player he ever played with- his career was ruined by feet injuries, after Sixers management didn't believe him when it turned out he had stress fractures in both.

Artis Gilmore (Y2, 62.5%):* Center. Kentucky Colonels (ABA) 1971-1976, Chicago Bulls 1976-1982, San Antonio Spurs 1982-1987, Chicago Bulls 1987, Boston Celtics 1987-1988. 6x All-Star (78-79, 81-83, 86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1978), 4x FG% Leader (81-84), 5x ABA All-Star (72-76), 1x ABA MVP (1972), 1x ABA Champion (1975), 1x ABA Playoffs MVP (1975), 5x All-ABA First Team (72-76), 4x ABA First Team All-Defense (73-76), 1972 ABA Rookie of the Year, 4x ABA Rebounding Leader (72-74, 76), 2x ABA FG% Leader (72-73), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1971), 1x NABC/UPI/AP Second Team All-American (1970), 2x NCAA Rebounding Leader (70-71). Career 18.8/12.3/2.3, Totals 24,941/16,330/3,050. Retired as the all-time FG% leader. ABA rebounding leader all time.

Bob Dandridge (Y8, 18.8%):* Small Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1969-1977, Washington Bullets 1977-1981, Milwaukee Bucks 1981-1982. 4x All-Star (73, 75-76, 79), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1979), 1x First Team All-Defense (1979), 1970 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1971 Milwaukee Bucks, 1978 Washington Bullets). Career 18.5/6.8/3.4, Totals 15,530/5,715/2,846. Went to the finals four times in his career, twice with the Bucks and twice with the Bullets. Led the Bullets in scoring in their 1979 finals run. Scored more points in the finals than anyone else over the 70's.

Bobby Jones (Y4, 31.3%):* Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1974-1978, Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1986. 4x All-Star (77-78, 81-82), 8x First Team All-Defense (77-84), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1985), 1x Sixth Man of the Year (1983), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers), 1x ABA All-Star (1976), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1976), 1x ABA First Team All-Defense (75-76), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1974), 1x First Team All-ACC (1974), 1x Second Team All-ACC (1973), 1x Olympic Silver (1972). Career 12.1/6.1/2.7, Totals 11,391/5,739/2,522. Number retired by the 76ers. Nicknamed the Secretary of Defense... for yeah his exceptional defensive acumen and hustle.

Calvin Murphy (Y7, 6.3%):* Point Guard. San Diego/Houston Rockets 1970-1983. 1x All-Star (1979), 1971 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Consensus First Team All-American (69-70), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1968). Career 17.9/2.1/4.4, Totals 17,949/2,103/4,402. Being only 5'9, Murphy is the shortest member of the basketball hall of fame, and is tied with Isaiah Thomas as to being the shortest all star. Was a nationwide reknown baton twirler, winning a national championship as a kid, and then the Texas championship as an adult. Held Rockets scoring record prior to Hakeem.

Cedric Maxwell (Y2, 12.5%): Small Forward. Boston Celtics 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988. 2x NBA Champion (1981, 1984 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1981), 2x FG% Leader (79-80), 1x Sun Belt Player of the Year (1977). Career 12.5/6.3/2.2, Totals 10,465/5,261/1,862. Currently the only eligible finals MVP not in the hall of fame.

George McGinnis (Y8, 31.3%):* Power Forward. Indiana Pacers (ABA) 1971-1975, Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, Denver Nuggets 1978-1980, Indiana Pacers 1980-1982. 3x All-Star (76-77, 79), 1x All-NBA First Team (1976), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1977), 3x ABA All-Star (73-75), 2x First Team All-ABA (74-75), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1973), 1x ABA MVP (1975), 2x ABA Champion (72-73), 1x ABA Playoffs MVP (1973), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1975), 1x AP/NABC/UPI Third Team All-American (1971). Career 20.2/11.0/3.7, Totals 17,009/9,233/3,089. Member of the ABA all time team. Helped lead the Sixers to the 1977 finals alongside Julius Erving, though they lost. Averaged 32.3/15.9/8.2 in the Pacers 1975 title run, though it came short. Was traded from the Sixers for Bobby Jones, then the Nuggets traded him for Alex English.

Jamaal Wilkes (Y4, 6.3%):* Small Forward. Golden State Warriors 1974-1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1986. 3x All-Star (76, 81, 83), 2x Second Team All-Defense (76-77), 1975 Rookie of the Year, 1975 First Team All-Rookie, 4x NBA Champion (1975 Golden State Warriors, 1980, 1982, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x NCAA Champion (72-73), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (73-74). Career 17.7/6.2/2.5, Totals 14,644/5,117/2,050. Number retired by the Lakers. Had his signature playoff moment in the 1980 finals, alongside Magic, scoring 37 in the game six, Kareem-less win.

Joseph "Jo Jo" White (Y8, 25.0%):* Point Guard. Boston Celtics 1969-1979, Golden State Warriors 1979-1980, Kansas City Kings 1980-1981. 7x All-Star (71-77), 2x All-NBA Second Team (75, 77), 2x NBA Champion (1974, 1976 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1976), 1970 All-Rookie First Team, 2x Consensus Second Team All-American (68-69), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 17.2/4.0/4.2, Totals 14,399/3,345/4,095. White was consistently a big game scorer, averaging more playoff ppg than regular season for five of his six trips. Played all 82 games for five straight seasons.

Kermit Washington (Y2, 6.3%): Power Forward. Los Angeles Lakers 1973-1977, Boston Celtics 1977-1978, San Diego Clippers 1978-1979, Portland Trail Blazers 1979-1982, Golden State Warriors 1987-1988. 1x All-Star (1980), 2x Second Team All-Defense (80-81), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1973), 2x NCAA Rebounding Leader (72-73). Career 9.2/8.3/1.4, Totals 4,666/4,232/695. Most famous for brutal punch of Rudy Tomajanovich. Tried to make a come back for the Warriors that fell through after six games- truthfully I should have put him on the 1982 ballot a-la Cousy, but didn't know!

Maurice Lucas (Y2, 6.3%): Power Forward. Spirits of St. Louis (ABA) 1974-1975, Kentucky Colonels (ABA) 1975-1976, Portland Trail Blazers 1976-1980, New Jersey Nets 1980-1981, New York Knicks 1981-1982, Phoenix Suns 1982-1985, Los Angeles Lakers 1985-1986, Seattle SuperSonics 1986-1987, Portland Trail Blazers 1987-1988. 4x All-Star (77-79, 83), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1978), 1x First Team All-Defense (1978), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1979), 1x NBA Champion (1977 Portland Trail Blazers), 1x ABA All-Star (1976), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1974). Career 14.6/9.1/2.4, Totals 14,857/9,306/2,498. Nicknamed the enforcer, because yeah that was his role for a long team. Led the 77 Blazers in scoring for their championship run.

Paul Westphal (Y6, 25.0%):* Shooting Guard. Boston Celtics 1972-1975, Phoenix Suns 1975-1980, Seattle SuperSonics 1980-1981, New York Knicks 1981-1983, Phoenix Suns 1983-1984. 5x All-Star (77-81), 3x First Team All-NBA (77, 79-80), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1974 Boston Celtics), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1983), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1971), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1972), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1971), 2x UPI Third Team All-American (71-72), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (71-72). Career 15.6/1.9/4.4, Totals 12,809/1,580/3,591. Was traded to the Sonics for Dennis Johnson, but swiftly injured his foot, leading to his eventual comeback player of the year award. Improbably led the 42 win Suns to the 1976 finals, where he entered NBA lore in the "greatest game ever played," where he called a timeout when the Suns didn't have one, letting the Celtics go up two with two seconds left- HOWEVER, it allowed the Suns to receive the ball at half court instead of full, enabling Westphal to deliver a game tying pass after fans already stormed the court. The game went to triple overtime, but the Suns ultimately lost and that loophole was covered thereafter.

Spencer Haywood (Y7, 43.8%):* Power Forward. Denver Rockets (ABA) 1969-1970, Seattle SuperSonics 1970-1975, New York Knicks 1975-1979, New Orleans Jazz 1979, Los Angeles Lakers 1979-1980, Washington Bullets 1981-1983. 4x All-Star (72-75), 2x All-NBA First Team (72-73), 2x All-NBA Second Team (74-75), 1x NBA Champion (1980 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x ABA All-Star (1970), 1x ABA MVP (1970), 1x First Team All-ABA (1970), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1970), 1x ABA Rebounding Leader (1970), 1x ABA All-Star Game MVP (1970), 1970 ABA Rookie of the Year, 1970 ABA First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1969), 1x NCAA Rebounding Leader (1969), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 20.3/10.3/1.8, Totals 17,111/8,675/1,541. Haywood tried to join the NBA out of his sophomore year of college, but the four year requirement blocked that from happening- he went to the ABA instead, who created a hardship exemption to allow him to play. Haywood would then try to go to the NBA the next year anyway, and won a case in front of the supreme court that forced the creation of a hardship exemption in the NBA too, the beginning of the end of the college requirement. Late career was ruined by an addiction to cocaine, and was notorious for plotting to kill Lakers coach Paul Westhead.

World B. Free (Y2, 25.0%): Shooting Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, San Diego Clippers 1978-1980, Golden State Warriors 1980-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988. 1x All-Star (1980), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1979). Career 20.3/2.7/3.7, Totals 17,955/2,430/3,319. Despite consistently gaudy scoring numbers, only once led his team to the playoffs as a top option, 1985 in Cleveland. Peaked averaging 30 ppg in 1980 after averaging 29 the year before, placing second behind George Gervin both times.

Series Summary

Class of 1960 - George Mikan (97.4%)

Class of 1961 - Bill Sharman (84.0%)

Class of 1962 - Paul Arizin (90.5%)

Class of 1963 - Bob Cousy (100.0%)

Class of 1964 - Dolph Schayes (91.3%)

Class of 1965 - Bob Pettit (97.4%)

Class of 1966 - None

Class of 1967 - None

Class of 1968 - Tom Heinsohn (93.3%)

Class of 1969 - Bill Russell (89.7%)

Class of 1970 - Sam Jones (90.3%)

Class of 1971 - None

Class of 1972 - Elgin Baylor (89.5%)

Class of 1973 - Wilt Chamberlain (100.0%), Hal Greer (81.0%)

Class of 1974 - Jerry West (96.6%), Oscar Robertson (96.6%), Willis Reed (82.8%)

Class of 1975 - Dave DeBusschere (91.7%), Lenny Wilkens (83.3%), Jerry Lucas (79.2%)

Class of 1976 - Connie Hawkins (76.5%)

Class of 1977 - Nate Thurmond (94.1%), Billy Cunningham (76.5%)

Class of 1978 - John Havlicek (95.5%)

Class of 1979 - None

Class of 1980 - Rick Barry (86.4%), Walt Frazier (86.4%), Pete Maravich (77.3%)

Class of 1981 - Wes Unseld (82.4%)

Class of 1982 - None

Class of 1983 - Dave Cowens (81.8%)

Class of 1984 - Tiny Archibald (75.0%)

Class of 1985 - David Thompson (80.0%)

Class of 1986 - George Gervin (95.2%), Bob Lanier (90.5%), Bob McAdoo (85.7%), Elvin Hayes (81.0%)

Class of 1987 - Julius Erving (95.0%)

Class of 1988 - Bill Walton (93.8%), Dan Issel (75.0%)

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I'll spare the overly long intro from the first time and give this abbreviated version- starting in 1960, this series looks to go through the history of the NBA and revote on the hall of fame classes, while adopting the rules from baseball's hall of fame. (10 years on the ballot, 75%+ for induction, less than 5% and you're off.) Every voter is free to apply their own standards- you can care about or disregard character, college accomplishments or international ones. I'll provide very very limited summaries of player's accomplishments if you decide you want to read through it... or not! Most of us aren't super familiar with the 50's/60's game. If you want to read my ramblings in a little more detail, here's the link to the original post. The mods got back to me and gave me a thumbs up, so I'll try to post the new ballot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you want to try to keep up and have your uh very important voice on yesterday's NBA players be heard.

Class of 1993

We haven't had a unanimous hall of fame member since Wilt.. but looks like Kevin McHale changes that. The power forward joins Wilt and Cousy as only our third unanimous player.. somehow. Otherwise, there are no new inductees- Sidney Moncrief falls short yet again, leading the rest with a 70.6% total.

Paul Westphal in unable to break through in year 10, going out after picking up 47.1% of the vote. Cliff Robinson, Craig Hodges and Vinnie Johnson all exit after year two, while Blair Rasmussen, Buck Johnson, Darrell Walker, Ed Nealy, Mike Sanders, Paul Pressey, Reggie Lewis, Rodney McCray, Sidney Green, Scott Hastins, Trent Tucker, Terry Catledge and Terry Teagle are all done after one.

Class of 1994

Bill Laimbeer:

  • Center. Cleveland Cavaliers 1980-1982, Detroit Pistons 1982-1994.

  • 4x All-Star (83-85, 87), 2x NBA Champion (1989-90 Detroit Pistons), 1x Rebounding Leader (1986). Career 12.9/9.7/2.0, Totals 13,790/10,400/2,184.

  • One of the most notoriously physical and dirty players in NBA history, intentionally committing dirty fouls. At the time of his retirement, was one of 19 NBA players with 10k+ points and rebounds. An ironman, played in at least 81 games for 10 straight years. Retired in the beginning of the 93-94 season after accidentally breaking Isiah Thomas' hand.

Brad Daugherty:

  • Center. Cleveland Cavaliers 1986-1994.

  • 5x All-Star (88-89. 91-93), 1x Third Team All-NBA (1992), 1987 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1986), 2x First Team All-ACC (85-86). Career 19.0/9.5/3.7, Totals 10,389/5,227/2,028.

  • Drafted first overall, would lead the Cavs revival alongside Mark Price. Held the Cavs scoring and rebounding records until broken by LeBron and Ilgauskas. Retired at age 28 due to constant back injuries.

Fat Lever:

  • Point Guard. Portland Trail Blazers 1982-1984, Denver Nuggets 1984-1990, Dallas Mavericks 1990-1994.

  • 2x All-Star (88, 90), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1987), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1988), 2x First Team All-PAC 10 (81-82). Career 13.9/6.0/6.2, Totals 10,433/4,523/4,696.

  • Number retired by the Nuggets. Helped lead them to the 1985 WCF (and the playoffs every year) alongside Alex English. Has the 11th most triple doubles ever, and regularly led the Nuggets in rebounding.

Frank Johnson:

  • Point Guard. Washington Bullets 1981-1988, Houston Rockets 1988-1989, Phoenix Suns 1992-1994.

  • 1x First Team All-ACC (1981). Career 8.3/1.7/4.2, Totals 4,937/1,025/2,476.

  • Brother of the notorious "Fast Eddie" Johnson.

Isiah Thomas:*

  • Point Guard. Detroit Pistons 1981-1994.

  • 12x All-Star (82-93), 3x First Team All-NBA (84-86), 2x Second Team All-NBA (83, 87), 2x NBA Champion (1989-90 Detroit Pistons), 1x Finals MVP (1990), 2x All-Star Game MVP (84, 86), 1982 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Assists Leader (1985), 1x NCAA Champion (1981), 1x Most Outstanding Player (1981), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1981), 1x Basketball Player of the Year (1981). Career 19.2/3.6/9.3, Totals 18,822/3,478/9,061.

  • Member of the 75th anniversary team. Led the Pistons to three straight finals as the face of the bad boys era. Despite losing the game, went down in basketball lore thanks to his game 6 "ankle game" in the 88 finals, scoring 25 in the third quarter, before the Lakers won off a phantom Bill Laimbeer foul. Career was cut short following an ACL injury his final year, though he was already on the decline.

James Worthy:*

  • Small Forward. Los Angeles Lakers 1982-1994.

  • 7x All-Star (86-92), 2x All-NBA Third Team (90-91), 3x NBA Champion (1985, 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x Finals MVP (1988), 1983 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NCAA Champion (1982), 1x Most Outstanding Player (1982), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1982), 1x First Team All-ACC (1982), 1x ACC Tournament MVP (1982). Career 17.6/5.1/3.0, Totals 16,320/4,708/2,791.

  • Member of the 75th anniversary team. Nicknamed Big Game James for always taking his level up in the playoffs- led the playoff Lakers in scoring in 87 and 88, and was second behind Kareem in 85.

John Bagley:

  • Point Guard. Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1987, New Jersey Nets 1987-1989, Boston Celtics 1989-1993, Atlanta Hawks 1993-1994.

  • 1x Big East Player of the Year (1981), 2x First Team All-Big East (81-82). Career 8.7/2.6/6.0, Totals 5,802/1,729/3,980.

  • Best known for nailing a 75 foot buzzer beater, I guess?

John Paxson:

  • Point Guard. San Antonio Spurs 1983-1985, Chicago Bulls 1985-1994.

  • 3x NBA Champion (1991-93 Chicago Bulls), 2x Consensus Second Team All-American (82-83). Career 7.2/1.2/3.6, Totals 5,560/906/2,758.

  • Hit the game winning three pointer in game six of the 1993 finals, securing the Bulls threepeat.

Larry Nance:

  • Power Forward. Phoenix Suns 1981-1988, Cleveland Cavaliers 1988-1994.

  • 3x All-Star (85, 89, 93), 1x First Team All-Defense (1989), 2x Second Team All-Defense (92-93). Career 17.1/8.0/2.6, Totals 15,687/7,067/2,393.

  • Held the record for most blocks by a non-center. Won the first ever slam dunk contest. Averaged 20 ppg for three straight years with Phoenix, before taking a bit of a step back in Cleveland, whom they acquired for Kevin Johnson. Number retired by the Cavaliers.

Mark Aguirre:

  • Small Forward. Dallas Mavericks 1981-1989, Detroit Pistons 1989-1993, Los Angeles Clippers 1993-1994.

  • 3x All-Star (84, 87-88), 2x NBA Champion (1989-1990 Detroit Pistons), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (80-81), 1x Naismith/AP/UPI/Sporting News Player of the Year (1980). Career 20.0/5.0/3.1, Totals 18,458/4,578/2,871.

  • Helped lead the Mavericks to the 1988 WCF, where they lost in 7 to the Lakers. Led the Mavs to the playoffs every year from 1984-1988. Was traded for Adrian Dantley in 1989, where Aguirre took a backseat in scoring on the Pistons, but still helped them go back to back. Peaked at 29.7 ppg, coming second in the league in scoring.

Mike Gminski:

  • Center. New Jersey Nets 1980-1988, Philadelphia 76ers 1988-1991, Charlotte Hornets 1991-1994, Milwaukee Bucks 1994.

  • 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1979), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1980), 1x ACC Player of the Year (1979), 3x First Team All-ACC (78-80). Career 11.7/6.9/1.3, Totals 10,953/6,480/1,203.

  • An excellent free throw shooting center, shooting 84% from the line. Notable contributor to the late 80's Sixers with Barkley- had his ears pierced after saying he would do so if the Sixers won ten straight to start the year.

Orlando Woolridge:

  • Small Forward. Chicago Bulls 1981-1986, New Jersey Nets 1986-1988, Los Angeles Lakers 1988-1990, Denver Nuggets 1990-1991, Detroit Pistons 1991-1993, Milwaukee Bucks 1993, Philadelphia 76ers 1993-1994.

  • Career 16.0/4.3/1.9, Totals 13,623/3,696/1,609.

  • Prime example of a player who only scored and did nothing else. Best attribute was dunks and the fast break, making him thrive off the Lakers bench. Consistently averaged over 20 with Chicago, but they cut him loose because yeah didn't mesh with Jordan.

Randy Breuer:

  • Center. Milwaukee Bucks 1983-1990, Minnesota Timberwolves 1990-1992, Atlanta Hawks 1992-1993, Sacramento Kings 1993-1994.

  • Career 6.8/4.4/0.9, Totals 4,599/2,986/616.

  • 7'3 backup center behind Lanier and Sikma on the excellent 80's bucks.

Rolando Blackman:

  • Shooting Guard. Dallas Mavericks 1981-1992, New York Knicks 1992-1994.

  • 4x All-Star (85-87, 88), 1x BIG 8 Player of the Year (1980), 3x First Team All-BIG 8 (79-81). Career 18.0/3.3/3.0, Totals 17,623/3,278/2,981.

  • Was the 1b to Aguirre's 1a on the 80's Mavericks, both consistently high scoring and lead the Mavs to the playoffs. Was the scoring leader for Hispanic/Latino players until Pau Gasol surpassed him.

Ron Anderson:

  • Small Forward. Cleveland Cavaliers 1984-1985, Indiana Pacers 1985-1988, Philadelphia 76ers 1988-1993, New Jersey Nets 1993, Washington Bullets 1994.

  • Career 10.6/3.5/1.4, Totals 7,056/2,312/952.

  • After his career, would move to France and play semi professionally into his 50's, retiring in 2010.

Returnees to the Ballot

Bernard King (Y2, 64.7%):*

  • Small Forward. New Jersey Nets 1977-1979, Utah Jazz 1979-1980, Golden State Warriors 1980-1982, New York Knicks 1982-1987, Washington Bullets 1987-1991, New Jersey Nets 1993.

  • 4x All-Star (82, 84, 85, 91), 2x First Team All-NBA (84-85), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1982), 1x Third Team All-NBA (1991), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1981), 1978 All-Rookie Team, 1x Scoring Leader (1985), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1976), 3x SEC Player of the Year (75-77). Career 22.5/5.8/3.3, Totals 19,655/5,060/2,863.

  • Knee injuries brutalized King's career- in the midst of his scoring title, he'd have one and pretty much miss the next two seasons. He suffered another one in his excellent 1991 campaign, basically ending his career. Still retired as the 16th highest scorer in NBA history.

Bob Hansen (Y3, 5.9%):

  • Shooting Guard. Utah Jazz 1983-1990, Sacramento Kings 1990-1991, Chicago Bulls 1991-1992.

  • 1x NBA Champion (1992 Chicago Bulls). Career 6.9/2.2/1.6, Totals 3,952/1,282, 947.

  • Jordan's backup on the 92 Bulls- famed for kickstarting a fourth quarter comeback in game six of the finals by knocking down a three and getting a steal after coming in for Jordan. What was a 15 point deficit became three before Jordan came back in again.

Bobby Jones (Y9, 23.5%):*

  • Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1974-1978, Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1986.

  • 4x All-Star (77-78, 81-82), 8x First Team All-Defense (77-84), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1985), 1x Sixth Man of the Year (1983), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers), 1x ABA All-Star (1976), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1976), 1x ABA First Team All-Defense (75-76), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1974), 1x First Team All-ACC (1974), 1x Second Team All-ACC (1973), 1x Olympic Silver (1972). Career 12.1/6.1/2.7, Totals 11,391/5,739/2,522.

  • Number retired by the 76ers. Nicknamed the Secretary of Defense... for yeah his exceptional defensive acumen and hustle.

Cedric Maxwell (Y7, 11.8%):

  • Small Forward. Boston Celtics 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1981, 1984 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1981), 2x FG% Leader (79-80), 1x Sun Belt Player of the Year (1977). Career 12.5/6.3/2.2, Totals 10,465/5,261/1,862.

  • Currently the only eligible finals MVP not in the hall of fame.

Darryl Dawkins (Y6, 17.6%):

  • Center. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1982, New Jersey Nets 1982-1987, Utah Jazz 1987, Detroit Pistons 1987-1989. 1x NBA Champion (1989 Detroit Pistons).

  • Career 12.0/6.1/1.3, Totals 8,733/4,432/917.

  • Famously nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, while also being known for his dunks- after breaking the backboard twice in the span of a few weeks, it was banned. First player to go straight from high school to the NBA.

Dennis Johnson (Y5, 58.8%):*

  • Point Guard. Seattle SuperSonics 1976-1980, Phoenix Suns 1980-1983, Boston Celtics 1983-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-82, 85), 1x All-NBA First Team (1981), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1980), 3x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics, 1984, 1986 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1979), 6x First Team All-Defense (79-83, 87), 3x Second Team All-Defense (84-86). Career 14.1/3.6/5.0, Totals 15,535/4,249/5,499.

  • Interesting player- high flying scorer in his youth, turned slick passer with the dynasty Celtics, contributing with elite defense all the way. Was called the greatest back court defender of all time by Magic Johnson.

Drazen Petrovic (Y2, 47.1%):*

  • Shooting Guard. Portland Trail Blazers 1989-1991, New Jersey Nets 1991-1993.

  • 1x Third Team All-NBA (1993), 1x Olympic Bronze (1984), 1x Olympic Silver (1988). Career 15.4/2.3/2.4, Totals 4,461/669/701.

  • Euro-league legend before coming to America, where his career was cut short at age 28 thanks to a fatal car accident. One of the best three point shooters of his day.

Jack Sikma (Y4, 35.3%):*

  • Center. Seattle SuperSonics 1977-1986, Milwaukee Bucks 1986-1991.

  • 7x All-Star (79-85), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x First Team All-Rookie (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics). Career 15.6/9.8/3.2, Totals 17,287/10,816/3,488.

  • Helped lead the Sonics to back to back finals, and went to the playoffs in 11 out of his 14 seasons. As a center led the league in FT%, and was before his time- by the end of his career, he had learned how to shoot threes, coming 12th in the league in 1989. Shot his teams technical free throws, and set a record for most games without a missed free throw. Also the originator of the "Sikma" post move.

Jim Paxson (Y5, 5.9%):

  • Shooting Guard/Small Forward. Portland Trail Blazers 1979-1988, Boston Celtics 1988-1990.

  • 2x All-Star (83-84), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1984), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1979). Career 14.3/2.0/2.9, Totals 11,199/1,593/2,300.

  • Brother of the much more famous John Paxson, even if Jim was a considerably better player. Left Portland as their all time leading scorer, but his starting role and that title was swiftly usurped by Clyde Drexler.

Kiki Vandeweghe (Y2, 11.8%):

  • Small Forward/Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1980-1984, Portland Trail Blazers 1984-1989, New York Knicks 1989-1992, Los Angeles Clippers 1992-1993.

  • 2x All-Star (83-84), 1x First Team All-Pac 10 (1980). Career 19.7/3.4/2.1, Totals 15,980/2785/1,668.

  • Averaged 20 ppg in seven straight years, before suffering a back injury. While in the Nuggets, scored 50 and 51 points in the highest scoring overtime and regulation games ever, respectively.

Larry Smith (Y2, 5.9%):

  • Power Forward. Golden State Warriors 1980-1989, Houston Rockets 1989-1992, San Antonio Spurs 1992-1993.

  • 1981 All-Rookie Team, 1x NCAA Rebounding Leader (1980), 2x SWAC Player of the Year (79-80). Career 6.7/9.2/1.1, Totals 5,904/8,125/941.

  • Nicknamed "Mr. Mean" for his gentleness off court yet ferocity while rebounding. Warriors sometimes used him for a small ball five.

Mark Eaton (Y2, 23.5%):

  • Center. Utah Jazz 1982-1993.

  • 1x All-Star (1989), 2x Defensive Player of the Year (85, 89), 3x First Team All-Defense (85-86, 89), 2x Second Team All-Defense (87-88), 4x Blocks Leader (84-85, 87-88). Career 6.0/7.9/1.0, Totals 5,216/6,939/840.

  • Holds single season and career record for blocks per game.

Marques Johnson (Y5, 17.6%):

  • Small Forward/Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1977-1984, Los Angeles Clippers 1984-1987, Golden State Warriors 1989-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-81, 83, 86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1979), 2x Second Team All-NBA (80-81), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1986), 1978 All-Rookie First Team, 1x NCAA Champion (1975), 1x National College Player of the Year (1977), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1976), 1x PAC-8 Player of the Year (1977), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (76-77). Career 20.1/7.0/3.6, Totals 13,892/4,817/2,502.

  • Only a year after winning comeback player of the year, Johnson suffered a career ending neck injury, aside from a failed 10 game comeback with the Warriors. Claims to have invented the term point forward.

Michael Cooper (Y5, 11.8%):

  • Shooting Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1978-1990.

  • 1x Defensive Player of the Year (1987), 5x First Team All-Defense (82, 84-85, 87-88), 3x Second Team All-Defense (81, 83, 86), 5x NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x USBWA First Team All-American (1978), 2x First Team All-WAC (77-78). Career 8.9/3.2/4.2, Totals 7,729/2,769/3,666.

  • Called by Larry Bird as the best defender. Was a finalist for the hall of fame in 2022, but was not selected.

Mo Cheeks (Y2, 23.5%):*

  • Point Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1989, San Antonio Spurs 1989-1990, New York Knicks 1990-1991, Atlanta Hawks 1991-1992, New Jersey Nets 1993.

  • 4x All-Star (83, 86-88), 4x First Team All-Defense (83-86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1987), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers). Career 11.1/2.8/6.7, Totals 12,195/3,088/7,392.

  • Currently sixth all time in steals and eleventh all time in assists. At the time of his retirement was the all time leader in steals and fifth in assists. Has the record for most steals in a single playoff run- 4.1, in 1979.

Ralph Sampson (Y3, 23.5%):*

  • Center. Houston Rockets 1983-1987, Golden State Warriors 1987-1989, Sacramento Kings 1989-1991, Washington Bullets 1991-1992.

  • 4x All-Star (84-87), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1985), 1984 Rookie of the Year, 1984 First Team All-Rookie, 1x All-Star Game MVP (1985), 3x National College Player of the Year (81-83), 3x Consensus First Team All-American (81-83), 3x ACC Player of the Year (81-83), 3x First Team All-ACC (81-83). Career 14.4/8.8/2.3, Totals 7,039/4,011/1,038.

  • First overall pick, stayed an extra year in college to avoid going to the Clippers. Helped take the Rockets to the 86 finals, alongside Hakeem, before his body pretty much fell apart and he never played a full season again.

Reggie Theus (Y4, 11.8%):

  • Shooting Guard. Chicago Bulls 1978-1984, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1984-1988, Atlanta Hawks 1988-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1990, New Jersey Nets 1990-1991.

  • 2x All-Star (81, 83), 1979 First Team All-Rookie. Career 18.5/3.3/6.3, Totals 19,015/3,349/6,453.

  • MJ's flashy predecessor as the Bulls shooting guard, one of the highest scorers of the 80's. Theus was still effective his last year, averaging 18 and 6 while only missing one game- if he stuck around, could have easily topped 20k points. However, he rarely made the playoffs, was mediocre when he got there, and never got past the first round.

Sidney Moncrief (Y4, 70.6%):*

  • Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1979-1989, Atlanta Hawks 1990-1991.

  • 5x All-Star (82-86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1983), 4x Second Team All-NBA (82, 84-86), 2x Defensive Player of the Year (83-84), 4x First Team All-Defense (83-86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1979). Career 15.6/4.7/3.6, Totals 11,931/3,575/2,793.

  • Leader of the 80's Bucks, who had the third highest winning percentage in the decade, yet never made the finals. Consistently made the ECF, but was always stopped by the Sixers or Celtics. Both Jordan and Bird considered him one of the greatest defenders ever. Degenerative cartilage plus foot injuries made Moncrief's career fall apart after 1986. Made the playoffs every year of his career.

Walter Davis (Y3, 11.8%):

  • Shooting Guard. Phoenix Suns 1977-1988, Denver Nuggets 1988-1991, Portland Trail Blazers 1991, Denver Nuggets 1991-1992.

  • 6x All-Star (78-81, 84, 87), 2x Second Team All-NBA (78-79), 1978 Rookie of the Year, 1978 First Team All-Rookie, 1x First Team All-ACC (1977), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 18.9/3.3/2.5, Totals 19,521/3,053/3,878.

  • Suns all-time leading scorer. Middle of his career wrecked by cocaine and injury issues, otherwise would have crossed 20k points. Set an NBA record by scoring 34 straight points before missing a shot.

World B. Free (Y7, 5.9%):

  • Shooting Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, San Diego Clippers 1978-1980, Golden State Warriors 1980-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 1x All-Star (1980), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1979). Career 20.3/2.7/3.7, Totals 17,955/2,430/3,319.

  • Despite consistently gaudy scoring numbers, only once led his team to the playoffs as a top option, 1985 in Cleveland. Peaked averaging 30 ppg in 1980 after averaging 29 the year before, placing second behind George Gervin both times.

Veteran's Committee

Bob Dandridge:*

  • Small Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1969-1977, Washington Bullets 1977-1981, Milwaukee Bucks 1981-1982.

  • 4x All-Star (73, 75-76, 79), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1979), 1x First Team All-Defense (1979), 1970 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1971 Milwaukee Bucks, 1978 Washington Bullets). Career 18.5/6.8/3.4, Totals 15,530/5,715/2,846.

  • Went to the finals four times in his career, twice with the Bucks and twice with the Bullets. Led the Bullets in scoring in their 1979 finals run. Scored more points in the finals than anyone else over the 70's.

Charlie Scott:*

  • Guard. Virginia Squires (ABA) 1970-1972, Phoenix Suns 1972-1975, Boston Celtics 1975-1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1978, Denver Nuggets 1978-1980.

  • 3x All-Star (73-75), 1x NBA Champion (1976 Boston Celtics), 2x ABA All-Star (71-72), 1x All-ABA First Team (1971), 1x All-ABA Second Team (1972), 1971 ABA Rookie of the Year, 1971 ABA First Team All-Rookie, 2x Consensus Second Team All-American (69-70), 1x ACC Athlete of the Year (1970), 3x First Team All-ACC (68-70), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 20.7/4.0/4.9, Totals 14,837/2,846/3,515.

  • Member of the ABA all time team. Set the single season ABA scoring record. Broke UNC's color barrier.

Dave Bing:*

  • Point Guard. Detroit Pistons 1966-1975, Washington Bullets 1975-1977, Boston Celtics 1977-1978.

  • 7x All-Star (68-69, 71, 73-76), 2x All-NBA First Team (68, 71), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1974), 1967 Rookie of the Year, 1967 All-Rookie First Team, 1x All-Star Game MVP (1976), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1966). Career 20.3/3.8/6.0, Totals 18,327/3,420/5,397.

  • Member of the 75th anniversary team. Only led Detroit to the playoffs three times, losing in the first round all three times. Post retirement created Bing Steel and was later elected Mayor of Detroit.

Earl Monroe:*

  • Shooting Guard. Baltimore Bullets 1967-1971, New York Knicks 1971-1980.

  • 4x All-Star (69, 71, 75, 77), 1x First Team All-NBA (1969), 1968 Rookie of the Year, 1968 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NBA Champion (1973 New York Knicks). Career 18.8/3.0/3.9, Totals 17,454/2,796/3,594.

  • Member of the 75th anniversary team. Alongside Gus Johnson and Wes Unseld helped lead the Bullets to the 71 Finals, the first of three straight for Monroe. Known for flashy, smooth style of play.

Gail Goodrich:*

  • Shooting Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1965-1968, Phoenix Suns 1968-1970, Los Angeles Lakers 1970-1976, New Orleans Jazz 1976-1979.

  • 5x All-Star (69, 72-75), 1x All-NBA First Team (1974), 1x NBA Champion (1972 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x NCAA Champion (64-65), 1x Helms Player of the Year (1965), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1965), 2x First Team All-PAC-12 (64-65). Career 18.6/3.2/4.7, Totals 19,181/3,279/4,805.

  • Was the Lakers leading scorer when they finally won the 1972 finals. Free agency with the Jazz famously gave the Lakers the pick for Magic. Injuries slowed Goodrich once he joined the Jazz, but still retired with the 11th most points and 10th most assists. Third highest scoring leftie of all time.

George McGinnis:*

  • Power Forward. Indiana Pacers (ABA) 1971-1975, Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, Denver Nuggets 1978-1980, Indiana Pacers 1980-1982.

  • 3x All-Star (76-77, 79), 1x All-NBA First Team (1976), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1977), 3x ABA All-Star (73-75), 2x First Team All-ABA (74-75), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1973), 1x ABA MVP (1975), 2x ABA Champion (72-73), 1x ABA Playoffs MVP (1973), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1975), 1x AP/NABC/UPI Third Team All-American (1971). Career 20.2/11.0/3.7, Totals 17,009/9,233/3,089.

  • Member of the ABA all time team. Helped lead the Sixers to the 1977 finals alongside Julius Erving, though they lost. Averaged 32.3/15.9/8.2 in the Pacers 1975 title run, though it came short. Was traded from the Sixers for Bobby Jones, then the Nuggets traded him for Alex English.

Joseph "Jo Jo" White:*

  • Point Guard. Boston Celtics 1969-1979, Golden State Warriors 1979-1980, Kansas City Kings 1980-1981.

  • 7x All-Star (71-77), 2x All-NBA Second Team (75, 77), 2x NBA Champion (1974, 1976 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1976), 1970 All-Rookie First Team, 2x Consensus Second Team All-American (68-69), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 17.2/4.0/4.2, Totals 14,399/3,345/4,095.

  • White was consistently a big game scorer, averaging more playoff ppg than regular season for five of his six trips. Played all 82 games for five straight seasons.

Lou Hudson:*

  • Shooting Guard/Small Forward. St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks 1966-1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1979.

  • 6x All-Star (69-74), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1970), 1967 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NABC/UPI Third Team All-American (1966). Career 20.2/4.4/2.7, Totals 17,940/3,926/2,432.

  • Averaged at least 24 ppg for five straight years. Prime cut short by injury. Alongside Pete Maravich, was the second pair of teammates to get over 2000 points in a season, after West and Baylor.

Paul Westphal:*

  • Shooting Guard. Boston Celtics 1972-1975, Phoenix Suns 1975-1980, Seattle SuperSonics 1980-1981, New York Knicks 1981-1983, Phoenix Suns 1983-1984.

  • 5x All-Star (77-81), 3x First Team All-NBA (77, 79-80), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1974 Boston Celtics), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1983), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1971), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1972), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1971), 2x UPI Third Team All-American (71-72), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (71-72). Career 15.6/1.9/4.4, Totals 12,809/1,580/3,591.

  • Was traded to the Sonics for Dennis Johnson, but swiftly injured his foot, leading to his eventual comeback player of the year award. Improbably led the 42 win Suns to the 1976 finals, where he entered NBA lore in the "greatest game ever played," where he called a timeout when the Suns didn't have one, letting the Celtics go up two with two seconds left- HOWEVER, it allowed the Suns to receive the ball at half court instead of full, enabling Westphal to deliver a game tying pass after fans already stormed the court. The game went to triple overtime, but the Suns ultimately lost and that loophole was covered thereafter.

Spencer Haywood:*

  • Power Forward. Denver Rockets (ABA) 1969-1970, Seattle SuperSonics 1970-1975, New York Knicks 1975-1979, New Orleans Jazz 1979, Los Angeles Lakers 1979-1980, Washington Bullets 1981-1983.

  • 4x All-Star (72-75), 2x All-NBA First Team (72-73), 2x All-NBA Second Team (74-75), 1x NBA Champion (1980 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x ABA All-Star (1970), 1x ABA MVP (1970), 1x First Team All-ABA (1970), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1970), 1x ABA Rebounding Leader (1970), 1x ABA All-Star Game MVP (1970), 1970 ABA Rookie of the Year, 1970 ABA First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1969), 1x NCAA Rebounding Leader (1969), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 20.3/10.3/1.8, Totals 17,111/8,675/1,541.

  • Haywood tried to join the NBA out of his sophomore year of college, but the four year requirement blocked that from happening- he went to the ABA instead, who created a hardship exemption to allow him to play. Haywood would then try to go to the NBA the next year anyway, and won a case in front of the supreme court that forced the creation of a hardship exemption in the NBA too, the beginning of the end of the college requirement. Late career was ruined by an addiction to cocaine, and was notorious for plotting to kill Lakers coach Paul Westhead.

Series Summary

Class of 1960 - George Mikan (97.4%)

Class of 1961 - Bill Sharman (84.0%)

Class of 1962 - Paul Arizin (90.5%)

Class of 1963 - Bob Cousy (100.0%)

Class of 1964 - Dolph Schayes (91.3%)

Class of 1965 - Bob Pettit (97.4%)

Class of 1966 - None

Class of 1967 - None

Class of 1968 - Tom Heinsohn (93.3%)

Class of 1969 - Bill Russell (89.7%)

Class of 1970 - Sam Jones (90.3%)

Class of 1971 - None

Class of 1972 - Elgin Baylor (89.5%)

Class of 1973 - Wilt Chamberlain (100.0%), Hal Greer (81.0%)

Class of 1974 - Jerry West (96.6%), Oscar Robertson (96.6%), Willis Reed (82.8%)

Class of 1975 - Dave DeBusschere (91.7%), Lenny Wilkens (83.3%), Jerry Lucas (79.2%)

Class of 1976 - Connie Hawkins (76.5%)

Class of 1977 - Nate Thurmond (94.1%), Billy Cunningham (76.5%)

Class of 1978 - John Havlicek (95.5%)

Class of 1979 - None

Class of 1980 - Rick Barry (86.4%), Walt Frazier (86.4%), Pete Maravich (77.3%)

Class of 1981 - Wes Unseld (82.4%)

Class of 1982 - None

Class of 1983 - Dave Cowens (81.8%)

Class of 1984 - Tiny Archibald (75.0%)

Class of 1985 - David Thompson (80.0%)

Class of 1986 - George Gervin (95.2%), Bob Lanier (90.5%), Bob McAdoo (85.7%), Elvin Hayes (81.0%)

Class of 1987 - Julius Erving (95.0%)

Class of 1988 - Bill Walton (93.8%), Dan Issel (75.0%)

Class of 1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (97.7%)

Class of 1990 - Artis Gilmore (83.3%)

Class of 1991 - Alex English (83.9%)

Class of 1992 - Larry Bird (93.8%), Adrian Dantley (75.0%), Walt Bellamy (81.8%)

Class of 1993 - Kevin McHale (100.0%)

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I'll spare the overly long intro from the first time and give this abbreviated version- starting in 1960, this series looks to go through the history of the NBA and revote on the hall of fame classes, while adopting the rules from baseball's hall of fame. (10 years on the ballot, 75%+ for induction, less than 5% and you're off.) Every voter is free to apply their own standards- you can care about or disregard character, college accomplishments or international ones. I'll provide very very limited summaries of player's accomplishments if you decide you want to read through it... or not! Most of us aren't super familiar with the 50's/60's game. If you want to read my ramblings in a little more detail, here's the link to the original post. The mods got back to me and gave me a thumbs up, so I'll try to post the new ballot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you want to try to keep up and have your uh very important voice on yesterday's NBA players be heard.

Class of 1992

No surprise who led the way here! Larry Bird cruises into the hall on his first ballot, snagging 93.8% of the vote on his way to induction. However, we have a second inductee this year! Adrian Dantley gets over the hump, scraping by with 75.0% of the vote. Sidney Moncrief leads the rest of the ballot, coming up short with only 68.8% of the vote.

After ten years on the ballot, say goodbye to Spencer Haywood and Calvin Murphy, who picked up 50.0% and 12.5% on their way out. Newcomers Albert King, Brad Davis, Gerald Henderson, Jon Sundvold, Quintin Dailey, Rickey Green, Rory Sparrow and Wayne Cooper exit after one year, while Pat Cummings, Dave Greenwood, Mychal Thompson and Kelly Tripucka disappear after two. Most notably, Jamaal Wilkes is gone as well after sticking around for seven years.

The Veteran's Committee has an inductee as well! After coming very close on the primary ballot, Walt Bellamy picks up 81.8% of the VC vote. No one else neared induction, with Chet Walker leading the rest.

Class of 1993
  • = Hall of Fame

Bernard King:*

  • Small Forward. New Jersey Nets 1977-1979, Utah Jazz 1979-1980, Golden State Warriors 1980-1982, New York Knicks 1982-1987, Washington Bullets 1987-1991, New Jersey Nets 1993.

  • 4x All-Star (82, 84, 85, 91), 2x First Team All-NBA (84-85), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1982), 1x Third Team All-NBA (1991), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1981), 1978 All-Rookie Team, 1x Scoring Leader (1985), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1976), 3x SEC Player of the Year (75-77). Career 22.5/5.8/3.3, Totals 19,655/5,060/2,863.

  • Knee injuries brutalized King's career- in the midst of his scoring title, he'd have one and pretty much miss the next two seasons. He suffered another one in his excellent 1991 campaign, basically ending his career. Still retired as the 16th highest scorer in NBA history.

Blair Rasmussen:

  • Center. Denver Nuggets 1985-1991, Atlanta Hawks 1991-1993.

  • 3x First Team All-PAC 10 (83-85). Career 9.6/5.7/0.9, Totals 5,110/3,006/467.

Buck Johnson:

  • Small Forward. Houston Rockets 1986-1992, Washington Bullets 1992-1993.

  • Career 9.1/3.5/1.7, Totals 4,617/1,760/856.

  • Would play in Europe until 2003.

Darrell Walker:

  • Point Guard. New York Knicks 1983-1986, Denver Nuggets 1986-1987, Washington Bullets 1988-1991, Detroit Pistons 1991-1992, Chicago Bulls 1993.

  • 1x NBA Champion (1993 Chicago Bulls), 1984 All-Rookie Team, 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1983), 1x First Team All-SWC (1983). Career 8.9/4.4/4.6, Totals 6,389/3,134/3,276.

  • Solid if not unremarkable defender and facilitator at his peak, averaging 9/8/8.

Drazen Petrovic:*

  • Shooting Guard. Portland Trail Blazers 1989-1991, New Jersey Nets 1991-1993.

  • 1x Third Team All-NBA (1993), 1x Olympic Bronze (1984), 1x Olympic Silver (1988). Career 15.4/2.3/2.4, Totals 4,461/669/701.

  • Euro-league legend before coming to America, where his career was cut short at age 28 thanks to a fatal car accident. One of the best three point shooters of his day.

Ed Nealy:

  • Power Forward. Kansas City Kings 1982-1985, San Antonio Spurs 1986-1988, Chicago Bulls 1988, Phoenix Suns 1988-1989, Chicago Bulls 1989-1990, Phoenix Suns 1990-1992, Golden State Warriors 1992-1993, Chicago Bulls 1993.

  • 1x NBA Champion (1993 Chicago Bulls), 1x First Team All-Big 8 (1982). Career 2.7/3.3/0.7, Totals 1,451/1,799/392.

  • Known best for hustle and effort at all times. One of Phil Jackson's favorite players.

Kevin McHale:*

  • Power Forward. Boston Celtics 1980-1993.

  • 7x All-Star (84, 86-91), 1x First Team All-NBA (1987), 3x First Team All-Defense (86-88), 3x Second Team All-Defense (83, 89-90), 2x Sixth Man of the Year (84-85), 3x NBA Champion (1981, 84, 86 Boston Celtics), 2x FG% Leader (87-88), 1x First Team All-BIG 10 (1980). Career 17.9/7.3/1.7, Totals 17,335/7,122/1,670.

  • Member of the 75th anniversary team. Came off the bench the first five or so years of his career, until the Celtics dealt Cedric Maxwell. Known for his massive array of post moves. First player to score 60% and hit his free throws at 80% in the same season.

Kiki Vandeweghe:

  • Small Forward/Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1980-1984, Portland Trail Blazers 1984-1989, New York Knicks 1989-1992, Los Angeles Clippers 1992-1993.

  • 2x All-Star (83-84), 1x First Team All-Pac 10 (1980). Career 19.7/3.4/2.1, Totals 15,980/2785/1,668.

  • Averaged 20 ppg in seven straight years, before suffering a back injury. While in the Nuggets, scored 50 and 51 points in the highest scoring overtime and regulation games ever, respectively.

Larry Smith:

  • Power Forward. Golden State Warriors 1980-1989, Houston Rockets 1989-1992, San Antonio Spurs 1992-1993.

  • 1981 All-Rookie Team, 1x NCAA Rebounding Leader (1980), 2x SWAC Player of the Year (79-80). Career 6.7/9.2/1.1, Totals 5,904/8,125/941.

  • Nicknamed "Mr. Mean" for his gentleness off court yet ferocity while rebounding. Warriors sometimes used him for a small ball five.

Mark Eaton:

  • Center. Utah Jazz 1982-1993.

  • 1x All-Star (1989), 2x Defensive Player of the Year (85, 89), 3x First Team All-Defense (85-86, 89), 2x Second Team All-Defense (87-88), 4x Blocks Leader (84-85, 87-88). Career 6.0/7.9/1.0, Totals 5,216/6,939/840.

  • Holds single season and career record for blocks per game.

Mike Sanders:

  • Shooting Guard. Phoenix Suns 1983-1988, Cleveland Cavaliers 1988-1989, Indiana Pacers 1989-1991, Cleveland Cavaliers 1991-1993.

  • 2x First Team All-PAC 10 (81-82). Career 8.0/3.0/1.4, Totals 5,162/1,927/880.

Mo Cheeks:*

  • Point Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1989, San Antonio Spurs 1989-1990, New York Knicks 1990-1991, Atlanta Hawks 1991-1992, New Jersey Nets 1993.

  • 4x All-Star (83, 86-88), 4x First Team All-Defense (83-86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1987), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers). Career 11.1/2.8/6.7, Totals 12,195/3,088/7,392.

  • Currently sixth all time in steals and eleventh all time in assists. At the time of his retirement was the all time leader in steals and fifth in assists. Has the record for most steals in a single playoff run- 4.1, in 1979.

Paul Pressey:

  • Small Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1982-1990, San Antonio Spurs 1990-1992, Golden State Warriors 1992-1993.

  • 2x First Team All-Defense (85-86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1987), Consensus Second Team All-American (1982), 1x MVC Player of the Year (1982). Career 10.6/3.9/5.1, Totals 7,664/2,798/3,715.

  • One of the first "point forwards." Led his team in assists for five straight seasons.

Reggie Lewis:

  • Shooting Guard. Boston Celtics 1987-1993.

  • 1x All-Star (1992). Career 17.6/4.3/2.6, Totals 7,902/1,938/1,153.

  • Was the future of the Celtics franchise in the post-Bird and McHale era. Collapsed in the midst of a playoff game, and career was declared over. Went to consult with another doctor who diagnosed him with a lesser ailment, and he would pass away a matter of weeks later while practicing, trying to come back to the NBA.

Rodney McCray:

  • Small Forward. Houston Rockets 1983-1988, Sacramento Kings 1988-1990, Dallas Mavericks 1990-1992, Chicago Bulls 1992-1993.

  • 1x First Team All-Defense (1988), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1987), 1x NBA Champion (1993 Chicago Bulls), 1x NCAA Champion (1980), 1x Metro Conference Player of the Year (1983). Career 11.7/6.6/3.6, Totals 9,014/5,087/2,750.

  • Traded from the Rockets to the Kings for Otis Thorpe, a later key championship contributor. Was selected for the 1980 Olympics team that pulled out- missing his chance to be one of a handful of players with a gold medal, NBA ring, and NCAA championship.

Scott Hastings:

  • Power Forward/Center. New York Knicks 1982-1983, Atlanta Hawks 1983-1988, Miami Heat 1988-1989, Detroit Pistons 1989-1991, Denver Nuggets 1991-1993.

  • 1x NBA Champion (1990 Detroit Pistons). Career 2.8/2.2/0.5, Totals 1,647/1,287/284.

  • Went 65 straight games without a steal, the NBA record.

Sidney Green:

  • Power Forward/Center. Chicago Bulls 1983-1986, Detroit Pistons 1986-1987, New York Knicks 1987-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1990, San Antonio Spurs 1990-1992, Charlotte Hornets 1992-1993.

  • 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1983), 1x Big West Player of the Year (1983). Career 7.5/6.1/0.9, Totals 5,080/4,128/635.

  • Was the starting power forward alongside MJ on those early Bulls teams. Really didn't see another interesting anecdote in my like thirty seconds of searching.

Terry Catledge:

  • Power Forward. Philadelphia 76ers 1985-1986, Washington Bullets 1986-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1993.

  • 2x Sun Belt Player of the Year (84-85), 3x First Team All-Sunbelt (83-85). Career 12.7/6.4/0.9, Totals 6,520/3,314/459.

  • A prime example of the expansion effect! Had a couple of good years on the expansion Magic, averaging nearly 20 ppg... with also only one assist. There's a reason why he couldn't stick, much less on good teams.

Terry Teagle:

  • Shooting Guard. Houston Rockets 1982-1984, Detroit Pistons 1984, Golden State Warriors 1985-1990, Los Angeles Lakers 1990-1992, Houston Rockets 1993.

  • 1x AP Second Team All-American (1982), 1x SWC Player of the Year (1980), 3x First Team All-SWC (80-82). Career 11.6/2.6/1.4, Totals 7,982/1,803/956.

  • Would go to the Euroleague after his NBA career, and was the leading scorer in the finals year one. Scored off Magic Johnson's career record setting assist.

Trent Tucker:

  • Shooting Guard. New York Knicks 1982-1991, San Antonio Spurs 1991-1992, Chicago Bulls 1992-1993.

  • 1x NBA Champion (1993 Chicago Bulls), Career 8.2/2.0/2.0, Totals 6,236/1,520/1,532.

  • Lasting legacy is the Trent Tucker Rule. He got off a game winning shot with only .1 seconds left. Phil Jackson complained, and the NBA instituted the .3 second rule.

LAST CHANCE

Paul Westphal (Y10, 37.5%):*

  • Shooting Guard. Boston Celtics 1972-1975, Phoenix Suns 1975-1980, Seattle SuperSonics 1980-1981, New York Knicks 1981-1983, Phoenix Suns 1983-1984.

  • 5x All-Star (77-81), 3x First Team All-NBA (77, 79-80), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1974 Boston Celtics), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1983), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1971), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1972), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1971), 2x UPI Third Team All-American (71-72), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (71-72). Career 15.6/1.9/4.4, Totals 12,809/1,580/3,591.

  • Was traded to the Sonics for Dennis Johnson, but swiftly injured his foot, leading to his eventual comeback player of the year award. Improbably led the 42 win Suns to the 1976 finals, where he entered NBA lore in the "greatest game ever played," where he called a timeout when the Suns didn't have one, letting the Celtics go up two with two seconds left- HOWEVER, it allowed the Suns to receive the ball at half court instead of full, enabling Westphal to deliver a game tying pass after fans already stormed the court. The game went to triple overtime, but the Suns ultimately lost and that loophole was covered thereafter.

Returnees to the Ballot

Bob Hansen (Y2, 6.3%):

  • Shooting Guard. Utah Jazz 1983-1990, Sacramento Kings 1990-1991, Chicago Bulls 1991-1992.

  • 1x NBA Champion (1992 Chicago Bulls). Career 6.9/2.2/1.6, Totals 3,952/1,282, 947.

  • Jordan's backup on the 92 Bulls- famed for kickstarting a fourth quarter comeback in game six of the finals by knocking down a three and getting a steal after coming in for Jordan. What was a 15 point deficit became three before Jordan came back in again.

Bobby Jones (Y8, 31.3%):*

  • Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1974-1978, Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1986.

  • 4x All-Star (77-78, 81-82), 8x First Team All-Defense (77-84), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1985), 1x Sixth Man of the Year (1983), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers), 1x ABA All-Star (1976), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1976), 1x ABA First Team All-Defense (75-76), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1974), 1x First Team All-ACC (1974), 1x Second Team All-ACC (1973), 1x Olympic Silver (1972). Career 12.1/6.1/2.7, Totals 11,391/5,739/2,522.

  • Number retired by the 76ers. Nicknamed the Secretary of Defense... for yeah his exceptional defensive acumen and hustle.

Cedric Maxwell (Y6, 18.8%):

  • Small Forward. Boston Celtics 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1981, 1984 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1981), 2x FG% Leader (79-80), 1x Sun Belt Player of the Year (1977). Career 12.5/6.3/2.2, Totals 10,465/5,261/1,862.

  • Currently the only eligible finals MVP not in the hall of fame.

Cliff Robinson (Y2, 12.5%):

  • Small Forward. New Jersey Nets 1979-1981, Kansas City Kings 1981-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1984, Washington Bullets 1984-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1989, Los Angeles Lakers 1991-1992.

  • 2x First Team All-PAC 10 (78-79). Career 17.2/8.3/2.0, Totals 10,823/5,237/1,249.

  • Knee injury cut Robinson's career short. Youngest player in the league for two straight seasons, his 45 point game against Detroit remains the highest ever for a teenager.

Craig Hodges (Y2, 6.3%):

  • Shooting Guard. San Diego Clippers 1982-1984, Milwaukee Bucks 1984-1988, Phoenix Suns 1988, Chicago Bulls 1988-1992.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1991-92 Chicago Bulls), 1x First Team All-PCAA (1982). Career 8.5/1.3/2.5, Totals 5,940/937/1,769.

  • Won three straight three point contests, 1990-1992. Was released by the Bulls, yet still participated in the 1993 contest, losing in the semi-finals.

Darryl Dawkins (Y5, 12.5%):

  • Center. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1982, New Jersey Nets 1982-1987, Utah Jazz 1987, Detroit Pistons 1987-1989. 1x NBA Champion (1989 Detroit Pistons).

  • Career 12.0/6.1/1.3, Totals 8,733/4,432/917.

  • Famously nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, while also being known for his dunks- after breaking the backboard twice in the span of a few weeks, it was banned. First player to go straight from high school to the NBA.

Dennis Johnson (Y4, 31.3%):*

  • Point Guard. Seattle SuperSonics 1976-1980, Phoenix Suns 1980-1983, Boston Celtics 1983-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-82, 85), 1x All-NBA First Team (1981), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1980), 3x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics, 1984, 1986 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1979), 6x First Team All-Defense (79-83, 87), 3x Second Team All-Defense (84-86). Career 14.1/3.6/5.0, Totals 15,535/4,249/5,499.

  • Interesting player- high flying scorer in his youth, turned slick passer with the dynasty Celtics, contributing with elite defense all the way. Was called the greatest back court defender of all time by Magic Johnson.

Jack Sikma (Y3, 43.8%):*

  • Center. Seattle SuperSonics 1977-1986, Milwaukee Bucks 1986-1991.

  • 7x All-Star (79-85), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x First Team All-Rookie (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics). Career 15.6/9.8/3.2, Totals 17,287/10,816/3,488.

  • Helped lead the Sonics to back to back finals, and went to the playoffs in 11 out of his 14 seasons. As a center led the league in FT%, and was before his time- by the end of his career, he had learned how to shoot threes, coming 12th in the league in 1989. Shot his teams technical free throws, and set a record for most games without a missed free throw. Also the originator of the "Sikma" post move.

Jim Paxson (Y4, 12.5%):

  • Shooting Guard/Small Forward. Portland Trail Blazers 1979-1988, Boston Celtics 1988-1990.

  • 2x All-Star (83-84), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1984), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1979). Career 14.3/2.0/2.9, Totals 11,199/1,593/2,300.

  • Brother of the much more famous John Paxson, even if Jim was a considerably better player. Left Portland as their all time leading scorer, but his starting role and that title was swiftly usurped by Clyde Drexler.

Marques Johnson (Y4, 12.5%):

  • Small Forward/Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1977-1984, Los Angeles Clippers 1984-1987, Golden State Warriors 1989-1990.

  • 5x All-Star (79-81, 83, 86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1979), 2x Second Team All-NBA (80-81), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1986), 1978 All-Rookie First Team, 1x NCAA Champion (1975), 1x National College Player of the Year (1977), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1977), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1976), 1x PAC-8 Player of the Year (1977), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (76-77). Career 20.1/7.0/3.6, Totals 13,892/4,817/2,502.

  • Only a year after winning comeback player of the year, Johnson suffered a career ending neck injury, aside from a failed 10 game comeback with the Warriors. Claims to have invented the term point forward.

Michael Cooper (Y4, 25.0%):

  • Shooting Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1978-1990.

  • 1x Defensive Player of the Year (1987), 5x First Team All-Defense (82, 84-85, 87-88), 3x Second Team All-Defense (81, 83, 86), 5x NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x USBWA First Team All-American (1978), 2x First Team All-WAC (77-78). Career 8.9/3.2/4.2, Totals 7,729/2,769/3,666.

  • Called by Larry Bird as the best defender. Was a finalist for the hall of fame in 2022, but was not selected.

Ralph Sampson (Y2, 37.5%):*

  • Center. Houston Rockets 1983-1987, Golden State Warriors 1987-1989, Sacramento Kings 1989-1991, Washington Bullets 1991-1992.

  • 4x All-Star (84-87), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1985), 1984 Rookie of the Year, 1984 First Team All-Rookie, 1x All-Star Game MVP (1985), 3x National College Player of the Year (81-83), 3x Consensus First Team All-American (81-83), 3x ACC Player of the Year (81-83), 3x First Team All-ACC (81-83). Career 14.4/8.8/2.3, Totals 7,039/4,011/1,038.

  • First overall pick, stayed an extra year in college to avoid going to the Clippers. Helped take the Rockets to the 86 finals, alongside Hakeem, before his body pretty much fell apart and he never played a full season again.

Reggie Theus (Y3, 18.8%):

  • Shooting Guard. Chicago Bulls 1978-1984, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1984-1988, Atlanta Hawks 1988-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1990, New Jersey Nets 1990-1991.

  • 2x All-Star (81, 83), 1979 First Team All-Rookie. Career 18.5/3.3/6.3, Totals 19,015/3,349/6,453.

  • MJ's flashy predecessor as the Bulls shooting guard, one of the highest scorers of the 80's. Theus was still effective his last year, averaging 18 and 6 while only missing one game- if he stuck around, could have easily topped 20k points. However, he rarely made the playoffs, was mediocre when he got there, and never got past the first round.

Sidney Moncrief (Y2, 68.8%):*

  • Shooting Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1979-1989, Atlanta Hawks 1990-1991.

  • 5x All-Star (82-86), 1x First Team All-NBA (1983), 4x Second Team All-NBA (82, 84-86), 2x Defensive Player of the Year (83-84), 4x First Team All-Defense (83-86), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1979). Career 15.6/4.7/3.6, Totals 11,931/3,575/2,793.

  • Leader of the 80's Bucks, who had the third highest winning percentage in the decade, yet never made the finals. Consistently made the ECF, but was always stopped by the Sixers or Celtics. Both Jordan and Bird considered him one of the greatest defenders ever. Degenerative cartilage plus foot injuries made Moncrief's career fall apart after 1986. Made the playoffs every year of his career.

Vinnie Johnson (Y2, 12.5%):

  • Shooting Guard. Seattle SuperSonics 1979-1981, Detroit Pistons 1981-1991, San Antonio Spurs 1991-1992.

  • 2x NBA Champion (1989-90 Detroit Pistons), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1979). Career 12.0/3.3/3.2, Totals 11,825/3,212/3,109.

  • The classic sixth man scorer, nicknamed the microwave for his ability to heat up the offense. Microwave scorer endures to this day. Nailed the go-ahead, series clinching shot in game 5 of the 1990 finals. Number retired by the Pistons.

Walter Davis (Y2, 25.0%):

  • Shooting Guard. Phoenix Suns 1977-1988, Denver Nuggets 1988-1991, Portland Trail Blazers 1991, Denver Nuggets 1991-1992.

  • 6x All-Star (78-81, 84, 87), 2x Second Team All-NBA (78-79), 1978 Rookie of the Year, 1978 First Team All-Rookie, 1x First Team All-ACC (1977), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 18.9/3.3/2.5, Totals 19,521/3,053/3,878.

  • Suns all-time leading scorer. Middle of his career wrecked by cocaine and injury issues, otherwise would have crossed 20k points. Set an NBA record by scoring 34 straight points before missing a shot.

World B. Free (Y6, 12.5%):

  • Shooting Guard. Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, San Diego Clippers 1978-1980, Golden State Warriors 1980-1982, Cleveland Cavaliers 1982-1986, Philadelphia 76ers 1986-1987, Houston Rockets 1987-1988.

  • 1x All-Star (1980), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1979). Career 20.3/2.7/3.7, Totals 17,955/2,430/3,319.

  • Despite consistently gaudy scoring numbers, only once led his team to the playoffs as a top option, 1985 in Cleveland. Peaked averaging 30 ppg in 1980 after averaging 29 the year before, placing second behind George Gervin both times.

Series Summary

Class of 1960 - George Mikan (97.4%)

Class of 1961 - Bill Sharman (84.0%)

Class of 1962 - Paul Arizin (90.5%)

Class of 1963 - Bob Cousy (100.0%)

Class of 1964 - Dolph Schayes (91.3%)

Class of 1965 - Bob Pettit (97.4%)

Class of 1966 - None

Class of 1967 - None

Class of 1968 - Tom Heinsohn (93.3%)

Class of 1969 - Bill Russell (89.7%)

Class of 1970 - Sam Jones (90.3%)

Class of 1971 - None

Class of 1972 - Elgin Baylor (89.5%)

Class of 1973 - Wilt Chamberlain (100.0%), Hal Greer (81.0%)

Class of 1974 - Jerry West (96.6%), Oscar Robertson (96.6%), Willis Reed (82.8%)

Class of 1975 - Dave DeBusschere (91.7%), Lenny Wilkens (83.3%), Jerry Lucas (79.2%)

Class of 1976 - Connie Hawkins (76.5%)

Class of 1977 - Nate Thurmond (94.1%), Billy Cunningham (76.5%)

Class of 1978 - John Havlicek (95.5%)

Class of 1979 - None

Class of 1980 - Rick Barry (86.4%), Walt Frazier (86.4%), Pete Maravich (77.3%)

Class of 1981 - Wes Unseld (82.4%)

Class of 1982 - None

Class of 1983 - Dave Cowens (81.8%)

Class of 1984 - Tiny Archibald (75.0%)

Class of 1985 - David Thompson (80.0%)

Class of 1986 - George Gervin (95.2%), Bob Lanier (90.5%), Bob McAdoo (85.7%), Elvin Hayes (81.0%)

Class of 1987 - Julius Erving (95.0%)

Class of 1988 - Bill Walton (93.8%), Dan Issel (75.0%)

Class of 1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (97.7%)

Class of 1990 - Artis Gilmore (83.3%)

Class of 1991 - Alex English (83.9%)

Class of 1992 - Larry Bird (93.8%), Adrian Dantley (75.0%), Walt Bellamy (81.8%)

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Link: Here REMEMBER: ONLY VOTE ONCE- I don't want to collect your emails. I purged some ballot stuffing this past class- if it continues, I'll limit it.

I'll spare the overly long intro from the first time and give this abbreviated version- starting in 1960, this series looks to go through the history of the NBA and revote on the hall of fame classes, while adopting the rules from baseball's hall of fame. (10 years on the ballot, 75%+ for induction, less than 5% and you're off.) Every voter is free to apply their own standards- you can care about or disregard character, college accomplishments or international ones. I'll provide very very limited summaries of player's accomplishments if you decide you want to read through it... or not! Most of us aren't super familiar with the 50's/60's game. If you want to read my ramblings in a little more detail, here's the link to the original post. The mods got back to me and gave me a thumbs up, so I'll try to post the new ballot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you want to try to keep up and have your uh very important voice on old NBA players be heard.

Class of 1985

Welcome a single new member to the hall! Collecting 80.0%, Nuggets legend David Thompson skirts into the hall of fame, cracking it in his second ballot. Behind Thompson was Elvin Hayes, who fell just short again, notching only 72.0% of the vote. Dan Issel led all newcomers, getting only 48.0% of the vote.

As it would turn out, Issel was one of only two newcomers to advance to 1986- Alvin Scott, Billy Knight, Billy Paultz, Campy Russell, Harvey Catchings, Joe Meriweather, Kevin Grevey, John Drew, Lionel Hollins, Phil Ford and Truck Robinson all falling off. Two more players would fail on their 10th ballot- Don Nelson, who only picked up 4.0% of the vote, and Pat Riley, who went out with 20.0%. Fred Brown fell under the 5% threshold on year two, while Bill Bradley went under on year 9 and Charlie Scott on year 6.

Class of 1986
  • = Hall of Fame

Bob McAdoo:* Center. Buffalo Braves 1972-1976, New York Knicks 1976-1979, Boston Celtics 1979, Detroit Pistons 1979-1981, New Jersey Nets 1981, Los Angeles Lakers 1981-1985, Philadelphia 76ers 1985-1986. 5x All-Star (74-78), 1x First Team All-NBA (1975), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1974), 1x MVP (1975), 1973 Rookie of the Year, 1973 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1982, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers), 3x Scoring Leader (74-76), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1972), 1x First Team All-ACC (1972). Career 22.1/9.4/2.3, Totals 18,787/8,048/1,951. Member of the 75th anniversary team. Served as sixth man on the showtime Lakers. After his career in the NBA ended, he would have an extensive European one, twice winning the EuroLeague and twice the Italian. Injuries damaged the second half of his career, sapping some of his scoring prowess.

Bobby Jones:* Power Forward. Denver Nuggets 1974-1978, Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1986. 4x All-Star (77-78, 81-82), 8x First Team All-Defense (77-84), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1985), 1x Sixth Man of the Year (1983), 1x NBA Champion (1983 Philadelphia 76ers), 1x ABA All-Star (1976), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1976), 1x ABA First Team All-Defense (75-76), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1974), 1x First Team All-ACC (1974), 1x Second Team All-ACC (1973), 1x Olympic Silver (1972). Career 12.1/6.1/2.7, Totals 11,391/5,739/2,522. Number retired by the 76ers. Nicknamed the Secretary of Defense... for yeah his exceptional defensive acumen and hustle.

Ernie Grunfeld: Shooting Guard/Small Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1977-1979, Kansas City Kings 1979-1982, New York Knicks 1982-1986. 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1977), 1x UPI/NABC Third Team All-American (1976), 1x SEC Player of the Year (1977), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 7.4/2.6/2.0, Totals 5,124/1,815/1,419. A career bench player, injuries to the Kings lineup slotted Grunfeld into a starting spot in the 1981 playoffs, where he proceeded to average 17 ppg and the under .500 Kings went to the WCF.

George Gervin:* Shooting Guard/Small Forward. Virginia Squires (ABA) 1973-1974, San Antonio Spurs 1974-1985, Chicago Bulls 1985-1986. 9x All-Star (77-85), 5x All-NBA First Team (78-82), 2x All-NBA Second Team (77, 83), 4x Scoring Leader (78-80, 82), 1x All-Star Game MVP (1980), 3x ABA All-Star (74-76), 2x All-ABA Second Team (75-76), 1973 ABA First Team All-Rookie. Career 25.1/5.3/2.6, Totals 26,595/5,602/2,798. Member of the 75th anniversary team. Known for his scoring race with David Thompson- Thompson took the lead on the last game of the season with 73 points, but Gervin would then score 63 to secure it for himself. Gervin consistently lead the Spurs to the conference finals... but never got over the hump, even blowing a 3-1 lead to the Bullets in 1979.

George Johnson: Center. Golden State Warriors 1972-1977, Buffalo Braves 1977, New Jersey Nets 1977-1980, San Antonio Spurs 1980-1982, Atlanta Hawks 1982-1983, New Jersey Nets 1983-1985, Seattle SuperSonics 1985-1986. 1x Second Team All-Defense (1981), 1x NBA Champion (1975 Golden State Warriors), 3x Blocks Leader (78, 81-82). Career 4.8/6.5/1.0, Totals 4,369/5,887/929. Shot free throws underhanded. Was the first player to record a 5x5.

Jamaal Wilkes:* Small Forward. Golden State Warriors 1974-1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1985, Los Angeles Clippers 1985-1986. 3x All-Star (76, 81, 83), 2x Second Team All-Defense (76-77), 1975 Rookie of the Year, 1975 First Team All-Rookie, 4x NBA Champion (1975 Golden State Warriors, 1980, 1982, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x NCAA Champion (72-73), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (73-74). Career 17.7/6.2/2.5, Totals 14,644/5,117/2,050. Number retired by the Lakers. Had his signature playoff moment in the 1980 finals, alongside Magic, scoring 37 in the game six, Kareem-less win.

Johnny Davis: Point Guard. Portland Trail Blazers 1976-1978, Indiana Pacers 1978-1982, Atlanta Hawks 1982-1984, Cleveland Cavaliers 1984-1986, Atlanta Hawks 1986. 1x NBA Champion (1977 Portland Trail Blazers). Career 12.9/2.0/4.5, Totals 9,710/1,505/3,368.

Lonnie Shelton: Power Forward. New York Knicks 1976-1978, Seattle SuperSonics 1978-1983, Cleveland Cavaliers 1983-1986. 1x All-Star (1982), 1x Second Team All-Defense (1982), 1x NBA Champion (1979 Seattle SuperSonics), 1x First Team All-PAC-8 (1975). Career 12.0/6.1/2.2, Totals 8,049/4,136/1,459. Led the league in personal fouls committed his first two seasons.

Micheal Ray Richardson: Point Guard. New York Knicks 1978-1982, Golden State Warriors 1982-1983, New Jersey Nets 1983-1986. 4x All-Star (80-82, 85), 2x First Team All-Defense (80-81), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1985), 3x Steals Leader (80, 83, 85), 1x Assists Leader (1980), 3x First Team All-Big Sky (76-78). Career 14.8/5.5/7.0, Totals 8,253/3,056/3,899. Banned from the NBA after a third drug violation, and would play in Europe until 2002.

Mickey Johnson: Power Forward. Chicago Bulls 1974-1979, Indiana Pacers 1979-1980, Milwaukee Bucks 1980-1982, New Jersey Nets 1982-1983, Golden State Warriors 1983-1984, New Jersey Nets 1984-1986. Career 14.1/7.2/3.0, Totals 12,748/6,565/2,677. A pretty good player for a while- probably one of the better players to not have any accolades.

Mike Bratz: Point Guard. Phoenix Suns 1977-1980, Cleveland Cavaliers 1980-1981, San Antonio Spurs 1981-1982, Chicago Bulls 1983, Golden State Warriors 1983-1985, Sacramento Kings 1985-1986. Career 7.0/1.8/3.2, Totals 4,081/1,030/1,851. Last Bulls player to wear 23 before Jordan.

Mitch Kupchak: Power Forward/Center. Washington Bullets 1976-1981, Los Angeles Lakers 1981-1986. 1977 First Team All-Rookie, 3x NBA Champion (1978 Washington Bullets, 1982, 1985 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1976), 1x ACC Player of the Year (1976), 2x First Team All-ACC (75-76), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 10.2/5.4/0.7, Totals 5,202/2,730/377. A knee injury midway through 1982 knocked out a year and half of Kupchak's career, ending his prime. Would go on to apprentice under Jerry West for executive work.

Quinn Buckner: Point Guard. Milwaukee Bucks 1976-1982, Boston Celtics 1982-1985, Indiana Pacers 1985-1986. 4x Second Team All-Defense (78, 80-82), 1x NBA Champion (1984 Boston Celtics), 1x NCAA Champion (1976), 2x First Team All-BIG 10 (74-75), 1x Olympic Gold (1976). Career 8.2/2.7/4.3, Totals 5,929/1,969/3,114. One of 8 players to win an NCAA final, NBA final and Olympic gold, alongside Clyde Lovellette, K.C. Jones, Bill Russell, Jerry Lucas, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Anthony Davis.

Rich Kelley: Center. New Orleans Jazz 1975-1979, New Jersey Nets 1979-1980, Phoenix Suns 1980-1982, Denver Nuggets 1982-1983, Utah Jazz 1983-1985, Sacramento Kings 1985-1986. 3x First Team All-PAC 8 (73-75). Career 7.6/7.0/2.6, Totals 6,199/5,678/2,092.

Ricky Sobers: Point Guard/Shooting Guard. Phoenix Suns 1975-1977, Indiana Pacers 1977-1979, Chicago Bulls 1979-1982, Washington Bullets 1982-1984, Seattle SuperSonics 1984-1986. 1x First Team All-WCAC (1975), 1x WCAC Player of the Year (1975). Career 13.3/2.6/4.3, Totals 10,902/2,132/3,525. Part of the Suns improbable 1976 finals run, where he'd usurp Dick Van Arsdale.

Ron Brewer: Shooting Guard. Portland Trail Blazers 1978-1981, San Antonio Spurs 1981, Cleveland Cavaliers 1981-1982, Golden State Warriors 1982-1984, San Antonio Spurs 1984, New Jersey Nets 1985, Chicago Bulls 1985, Cleveland Cavaliers 1986. 1979 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1978), 1x SWC Player of the Year (1978). Career 11.9/1.9/1.8, Totals 5,971/971/920.

Tom McMillen: Power Forward. Buffalo Braves 1975-1976, New York Knicks 1976-1977, Atlanta Hawks 1977-1983, Washington Bullets 1983-1986. 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1973), 1x UPI/NABC Second Team All-American (1974), 2x AP Third Team All-American (72, 74), 1x UPI Third Team All-American (1972), 2x First Team All-ACC (73-74), 1x Second Team All-ACC (1972), 1x Olympic Silver (1972). Career 8.1/4.0/1.1, Totals 5,914/2,913/788. Delayed his NBA career to study in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Served in congress as a Maryland rep from 1987-1992, and is believed to be the tallest ever member at 6'11.

LAST CHANCE

The following player is on his 10th and final ballot- look over him carefully!

Jerry Sloan (Y10, 12.0%): Shooting Guard. Baltimore Bullets 1965-1966, Chicago Bulls 1966-1976. 2x All-Star (67, 69), 4x First Team All-Defense (69, 72, 74-75), 2x Second Team All-Defense (70-71), 2x Indiana Collegiate Conference Player of the Year (63, 65), 3x First Team All-ICC (63-65). Career 14.0/7.4/2.5, Totals 10,571/5,615/1,925. Career cut short by knee injuries, and was the first Bull with a retired number. Inducted into the hall thanks to an illustrious coaching career with the Jazz.

Returnees to the Ballot

Bob Dandridge (Y5, 24.0%):* Small Forward. Milwaukee Bucks 1969-1977, Washington Bullets 1977-1981, Milwaukee Bucks 1981-1982. 4x All-Star (73, 75-76, 79), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1979), 1x First Team All-Defense (1979), 1970 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1971 Milwaukee Bucks, 1978 Washington Bullets). Career 18.5/6.8/3.4, Totals 15,530/5,715/2,846. Went to the finals four times in his career, twice with the Bucks and twice with the Bullets. Led the Bullets in scoring in their 1979 finals run. Scored more points in the finals than anyone else over the 70's.

Bob Lanier (Y3, 64.0%):* Center. Detroit Pistons 1970-1980, Milwaukee Bucks 1980-1984. 8x All-Star (72-75, 77-79, 82), 1x All-Star Game MVP (1974), 1971 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1970), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1968), 1x AP/NABC/UPI Second Team All-American (1969). Career 20.1/10.1/3.1, Totals 19,248/9,698/3007. Lanier was plagued by dysfunction- in his ten year prime with Detroit, he played with eight different coaches. Knee injuries plagued his entire career as well, ultimately contributing to his retirement.

Calvin Murphy (Y4, 40.0%):* Point Guard. San Diego/Houston Rockets 1970-1983. 1x All-Star (1979), 1971 First Team All-Rookie, 2x Consensus First Team All-American (69-70), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1968). Career 17.9/2.1/4.4, Totals 17,949/2,103/4,402. Being only 5'9, Murphy is the shortest member of the basketball hall of fame, and is tied with Isaiah Thomas as to being the shortest all star. Was a nationwide reknown baton twirler, winning a national championship as a kid, and then the Texas championship as an adult. Held Rockets scoring record prior to Hakeem.

Dan Issel (Y2, 48.0%):* Power Forward/Center. Kentucky Colonels (ABA) 1970-1975, Denver Nuggets 1975-1985. 1x All-Star (1977), 6x ABA All-Star (71-76), 1x First Team All-ABA (1972), 4x Second Team All-ABA (71, 73-74, 76), 1x ABA Champion (1975), 1971 ABA Rookie of the Year, 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1971), 1x ABA All-Star Game MVP (1972), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1970), 1x Consensus Second Team All-American (1969). Career 22.6/9.1/2.4, Totals 27,482/11,133/2,907. Second highest ABA scorer, only after Julius Erving. Issel was a strange case- both in the ABA and NBA, he typically served as the second best offensive option on a team, and still compiled plenty of 20+ ppg seasons, but accolades dried up after 1977, even if his performance didn't. Behind English and Thompson he consistently made and scored high in the playoffs as well. Scoring numbers split about halfway between ABA and NBA.

Dave Bing (Y9, 44.0%):* Point Guard. Detroit Pistons 1966-1975, Washington Bullets 1975-1977, Boston Celtics 1977-1978. 7x All-Star (68-69, 71, 73-76), 2x All-NBA First Team (68, 71), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1974), 1967 Rookie of the Year, 1967 All-Rookie First Team, 1x All-Star Game MVP (1976), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1966). Career 20.3/3.8/6.0, Totals 18,327/3,420/5,397. Member of the 75th anniversary team. Only led Detroit to the playoffs three times, losing in the first round all three times. Post retirement created Bing Steel and was later elected Mayor of Detroit.

Earl Monroe (Y7, 56.0%):* Shooting Guard. Baltimore Bullets 1967-1971, New York Knicks 1971-1980. 4x All-Star (69, 71, 75, 77), 1x First Team All-NBA (1969), 1968 Rookie of the Year, 1968 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NBA Champion (1973 New York Knicks). Career 18.8/3.0/3.9, Totals 17,454/2,796/3,594. Member of the 75th anniversary team. Alongside Gus Johnson and Wes Unseld helped lead the Bullets to the 71 Finals, the first of three straight for Monroe. Known for flashy, smooth style of play.

Elvin Hayes (Y3, 72.0%):* Power Forward. San Diego/Houston Rockets 1968-1972, Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets 1972-1981, Houston Rockets 1981-1984. 12x All-Star (69-80), 3x First Team All-NBA (75, 77, 79), 3x Second Team All-NBA (73-74, 76), 2x Second Team All-Defense (74-75), 1x NBA Champion (1978 Washington Bullets), 1969 First Team All-Rookie, 1x Scoring Leader (1969), 2x Rebounding Leader (70, 74), 1x Associated Press/UPI/Sporting News Player of the Year (1968), 2x Consensus First Team All-American (67-68). Career 21.0/12.5/1.8, Totals 27,313/16,279/2,398. Member of the 75th anniversary team. Went to the finals three times with the Bullets. At the time of his retirement, Hayes had the most minutes played in NBA history, (still third all time), and only missed nine games over his career. Is currently fourth all time in rebounds, eleventh all time in scoring, and twenty fourth all time in blocks (didn't start counting till midway through his career).

Gail Goodrich (Y8, 44.0%):* Shooting Guard. Los Angeles Lakers 1965-1968, Phoenix Suns 1968-1970, Los Angeles Lakers 1970-1976, New Orleans Jazz 1976-1979. 5x All-Star (69, 72-75), 1x All-NBA First Team (1974), 1x NBA Champion (1972 Los Angeles Lakers), 2x NCAA Champion (64-65), 1x Helms Player of the Year (1965), 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1965), 2x First Team All-PAC-12 (64-65). Career 18.6/3.2/4.7, Totals 19,181/3,279/4,805. Was the Lakers leading scorer when they finally won the 1972 finals. Free agency with the Jazz famously gave the Lakers the pick for Magic. Injuries slowed Goodrich once he joined the Jazz, but still retired with the 11th most points and 10th most assists. Third highest scoring leftie of all time.

George McGinnis (Y5, 20.0%):* Power Forward. Indiana Pacers (ABA) 1971-1975, Philadelphia 76ers 1975-1978, Denver Nuggets 1978-1980, Indiana Pacers 1980-1982. 3x All-Star (76-77, 79), 1x All-NBA First Team (1976), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1977), 3x ABA All-Star (73-75), 2x First Team All-ABA (74-75), 1x Second Team All-ABA (1973), 1x ABA MVP (1975), 2x ABA Champion (72-73), 1x ABA Playoffs MVP (1973), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1975), 1x AP/NABC/UPI Third Team All-American (1971). Career 20.2/11.0/3.7, Totals 17,009/9,233/3,089. Member of the ABA all time team. Helped lead the Sixers to the 1977 finals alongside Julius Erving, though they lost. Averaged 32.3/15.9/8.2 in the Pacers 1975 title run, though it came short. Was traded from the Sixers for Bobby Jones, then the Nuggets traded him for Alex English.

Joseph "Jo Jo" White (Y6, 36.0%):* Point Guard. Boston Celtics 1969-1979, Golden State Warriors 1979-1980, Kansas City Kings 1980-1981. 7x All-Star (71-77), 2x All-NBA Second Team (75, 77), 2x NBA Champion (1974, 1976 Boston Celtics), 1x Finals MVP (1976), 1970 All-Rookie First Team, 2x Consensus Second Team All-American (68-69), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 17.2/4.0/4.2, Totals 14,399/3,345/4,095. White was consistently a big game scorer, averaging more playoff ppg than regular season for five of his six trips. Played all 82 games for five straight seasons.

Lou Hudson (Y8, 12.0%):* Shooting Guard/Small Forward. St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks 1966-1977, Los Angeles Lakers 1977-1979. 6x All-Star (69-74), 1x All-NBA Second Team (1970), 1967 First Team All-Rookie, 1x NABC/UPI Third Team All-American (1966). Career 20.2/4.4/2.7, Totals 17,940/3,926/2,432. Averaged at least 24 ppg for five straight years. Prime cut short by injury. Alongside Pete Maravich, was the second pair of teammates to get over 2000 points in a season, after West and Baylor.

M.L. Carr (Y2, 8.0%): Small Forward/Shooting Guard. Spirits of St. Louis (ABA) 1975-1976, Detroit Pistons 1976-1979, Boston Celtics 1979-1985. 1x Second Team All-Defense (1979), 2x NBA Champion (1981, 1984, Boston Celtics), 1x Steals Leader (1979). Career 10.0/4.5/2.0, Totals 6,759/3,054/1,336. Best known for his steal and dunk in game four of the NBA finals, the overtime play ultimately sealing the game.

Paul Westphal (Y3, 32.0%):* Shooting Guard. Boston Celtics 1972-1975, Phoenix Suns 1975-1980, Seattle SuperSonics 1980-1981, New York Knicks 1981-1983, Phoenix Suns 1983-1984. 5x All-Star (77-81), 3x First Team All-NBA (77, 79-80), 1x Second Team All-NBA (1978), 1x NBA Champion (1974 Boston Celtics), 1x Comeback Player of the Year (1983), 1x AP Second Team All-American (1971), 1x NABC Second Team All-American (1972), 1x NABC Third Team All-American (1971), 2x UPI Third Team All-American (71-72), 2x First Team All-PAC 8 (71-72). Career 15.6/1.9/4.4, Totals 12,809/1,580/3,591. Was traded to the Sonics for Dennis Johnson, but swiftly injured his foot, leading to his eventual comeback player of the year award. Improbably led the 42 win Suns to the 1976 finals, where he entered NBA lore in the "greatest game ever played," where he called a timeout when the Suns didn't have one, letting the Celtics go up two with two seconds left- HOWEVER, it allowed the Suns to receive the ball at half court instead of full, enabling Westphal to deliver a game tying pass after fans already stormed the court. The game went to triple overtime, but the Suns ultimately lost and that loophole was covered thereafter.

Phil Jackson (Y7, 24.0%): Power Forward. New York Knicks 1967-1978, New Jersey Nets 1978-1980. 1968 First Team All-Rookie, 2x NBA Champion (1970, 1973 New York Knicks), 2x DII All-American (66-67), 2x NCC Player of the Year (66-67), 3x First Team All-NCC (65-67). Career 6.7/4.3/1.1, Totals 5,428/3,454/898. I think he was a kind of good coach post retirement. Missed the 1970 championship season due to spinal fusion surgery.

Spencer Haywood (Y4, 36.0%):* Power Forward. Denver Rockets (ABA) 1969-1970, Seattle SuperSonics 1970-1975, New York Knicks 1975-1979, New Orleans Jazz 1979, Los Angeles Lakers 1979-1980, Washington Bullets 1981-1983. 4x All-Star (72-75), 2x All-NBA First Team (72-73), 2x All-NBA Second Team (74-75), 1x NBA Champion (1980 Los Angeles Lakers), 1x ABA All-Star (1970), 1x ABA MVP (1970), 1x First Team All-ABA (1970), 1x ABA Scoring Leader (1970), 1x ABA Rebounding Leader (1970), 1x ABA All-Star Game MVP (1970), 1970 ABA Rookie of the Year, 1970 ABA First Team All-Rookie, 1x Consensus First Team All-American (1969), 1x NCAA Rebounding Leader (1969), 1x Olympic Gold (1968). Career 20.3/10.3/1.8, Totals 17,111/8,675/1,541. Haywood tried to join the NBA out of his sophomore year of college, but the four year requirement blocked that from happening- he went to the ABA instead, who created a hardship exemption to allow him to play. Haywood would then try to go to the NBA the next year anyway, and won a case in front of the supreme court that forced the creation of a hardship exemption in the NBA too, the beginning of the end of the college requirement. Late career was ruined by an addiction to cocaine, and was notorious for plotting to kill Lakers coach Paul Westhead.

Series Summary

Class of 1960 - George Mikan (97.4%)

Class of 1961 - Bill Sharman (84.0%)

Class of 1962 - Paul Arizin (90.5%)

Class of 1963 - Bob Cousy (100.0%)

Class of 1964 - Dolph Schayes (91.3%)

Class of 1965 - Bob Pettit (97.4%)

Class of 1966 - None

Class of 1967 - None

Class of 1968 - Tom Heinsohn (93.3%)

Class of 1969 - Bill Russell (89.7%)

Class of 1970 - Sam Jones (90.3%)

Class of 1971 - None

Class of 1972 - Elgin Baylor (89.5%)

Class of 1973 - Wilt Chamberlain (100.0%), Hal Greer (81.0%)

Class of 1974 - Jerry West (96.6%), Oscar Robertson (96.6%), Willis Reed (82.8%)

Class of 1975 - Dave DeBusschere (91.7%), Lenny Wilkens (83.3%), Jerry Lucas (79.2%)

Class of 1976 - Connie Hawkins (76.5%)

Class of 1977 - Nate Thurmond (94.1%), Billy Cunningham (76.5%)

Class of 1978 - John Havlicek (95.5%)

Class of 1979 - None

Class of 1980 - Rick Barry (86.4%), Walt Frazier (86.4%), Pete Maravich (77.3%)

Class of 1981 - Wes Unseld (82.4%)

Class of 1982 - None

Class of 1983 - Dave Cowens (81.8%)

Class of 1984 - Tiny Archibald (75.0%)

Class of 1985 - David Thompson (80.0%)

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