ESPN asked five panelists whether four former Pistons – Grant Hill, Rasheed Wallace, Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson – are Hall of Famers (hat tip: bball4224). Here’s a sampling of the responses, cherry picked of course to match my personal beliefs.
Haubner: Yes, based on precedent. Remember that college counts, and Hill’s résumé is quite similar to Hall of Famer David Thompson’s: great college player who had six exceptional pro seasons. Plus, Hill’s post-injury run has given him more longevity. If there were an NBA-only Hall of Fame, as there should be, I’d lean against Hill’s candidacy, due to his unfortunate career-derailing injuries.
Adande: No. Rasheed didn’t care about being an All-Star, so why would he care about being in the Hall of Fame? He’d be more likely to carefully pick his ‘fro, then spray it with activator before he’d be concerned with validation from outsiders. It’s a refreshing approach, but it’s why he didn’t put up surefire Hall Of Fame numbers, and why he wouldn’t get my vote. That’s a shame, because I’d love to hear his induction speech.
McPherson: No. Beloved by deep basketball heads for the nearly supernatural abilities he displayed for a brief window at the beginning of the 2000s, McGrady has had a career too potholed by difficulties to be a lock for the Hall. It’s roughly equivalent to putting the band Television into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just on the strength of the "Marquee Moon" album. I mean, "Marquee Moon" is so good but … hmm. Can I change my vote?
Haubner: Yes. Basketball-Reference rates Iverson as having a 99.8 percent probability of making the Hall. With an MVP, seven All-NBA teams (three firsts, three seconds, one third), 11 All-Star appearances, four scoring titles and more than 24,000 career points, The Answer is a no-brainer, even though his overall impact on winning is likely overrated (too much low-percentage, high-volume shooting).
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