6 NBA Players Likely to Make the Hall of Fame
As the 2013-2014 National Basketball Association season has progressed, there have been a lot of impressive performances. There have been buzzer-beater 3-pointers, colossal slam dunks, and just all-around remarkable offensive performances. Most notable has been Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who’s had his way with opposing defenses. Durant is currently averaging 31.5 points per game, and in his last 26 games has scored more than 40 points seven times. These are gaudy numbers, even for NBA standards.
But scoring streaks come and go. Some of the best players of all time haven’t been the most prolific scorers — they’re multidimensional players who find ways to win. While the 25-year-old Durant might very well be in the Hall of Fame someday, right now, he’s still making a name for himself. There are a lot of players who can score at will in the NBA, but championships won, MVP awards earned, or even the ability to influence the game are harder to come by. Using those attributes along with scoring ability, here’s our list of six current NBA players who are likely to become future Hall of Famers.
1. Kobe Bryant
Nobody knows how much longer Bryant will play, but he’s almost assuredly a future Hall of Fame selection. He has been in the league for 18 years and during that time, averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game. The fact that he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets right out of high school in 1996 and then traded to the Lakers, where he has played his entire career, shows his durability and allegiance, something the Hall of Fame committee looks for.
It isn’t just his impressive tenure that will wow the committee, either. The Black Mamba, as he’s nicknamed, has won five championships (three straight in 2000, 2001, and 2002, and back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010) and one league MVP award, in 2008. Bryant also garnered Finals MVP awards in 2009 and 2010. Besides a few off-the-court issues, Bryant has epitomized talented consistency and the drive to win in the NBA for almost the past two decades.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to correct Bryant’s drafting details. Thanks to our readers for pointing it out.