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10 NBA Players Ready To Enter the Hall of Fame

10 NBA Players Ready To Enter the Hall of Fame

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One of the most prestigious accolades in any sport is being inducted into the Hall of Fame. There's no doubt that players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be first ballot inductees when they decide to retire, but who should get the nod before them? Here is a list of 10 NBA players who should be getting a call from the Hall soon.

10. Vince Carter

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10. Vince Carter

Vince Carter
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Despite never winning an NBA championship, Vince Carter still deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for all he has done for the NBA here in the United States and internationally. The 16-year NBA veteran spent his first seven seasons putting the Toronto Raptors on the map with his flashy, high-flying dunks. The 10-time All-Star was named the '99 Rookie of the Year and has averaged 20.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 3.7 APG during his career.

9. Manu Ginobili

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9. Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili
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Although his career averages might not scream Hall of Fame, basketball fans cannot deny how important Manu Ginobili has been to the success of the San Antonio Spurs and international basketball. During his 12-year NBA career, the five-time champion has averaged 14.7 PPG, 4.0 APG and 3.8 RPG. The king of the euro-step, Ginobili has been named to two All-Star games and was named the 2007-08 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

8. Jason Kidd

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8. Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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Before LeBron James and Rajon Rondo became triple-double machines, it was point guard Jason Kidd who led the NBA for many years in triple doubles. After being named the 1995 Rookie of the Year, Kidd went on to play 19 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2010-11 season. The 10-time NBA All-Star is second all time in the NBA in steals (2,684) and assists (12,091), and third in minutes played (50,111).

7. Ray Allen

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7. Ray Allen

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One of the NBA's greatest shooters, Ray Allen is sure to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame inductee when he decides to hang up his sneakers. The two-time NBA champion has been named to 10 NBA All-Star games while averaging 18.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 3.4 APG during his 18-year NBA career. The king of the three-pointer, Allen is the league's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (2,973) and attempted (7,429).

6. Paul Pierce

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6. Paul Pierce

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If Celtics fans could have it their way Paul Pierce would be retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. During his 16-year career, the 10-time All-Star has averaged 21.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 3.8 APG while leading the Celtics to a championship during the 2007-08 season. The former finals MVP ranks 5th all-time in 3-point field goals made (1,935).

5. Dirk Nowitzki

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5. Dirk Nowitzki

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Like Ginobili, Dirk Nowitzki has made considerable contributions to both the NBA and international basketball in general. The 7-foot shooting forward has revolutionized the way the power forward position is played today and is one of the game's greatest shooters. During his 16-year career, Nowitzki has averaged 22.5 PPG, and 8.1 RPG while being named to four NBA First Teams and five Second Teams.

4. Steve Nash

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4. Steve Nash

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Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash should be receiving a phone call from the Hall of Fame as soon as the 18-year NBA veteran becomes eligible. The passing machine has been named to eight NBA All-Star games and is currently third all time in total assists (10,335) and first in free-throw percentage (.904). During his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 PPG, 8.5 APG and 3.0 RPG.

3. Kevin Garnett

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3. Kevin Garnett

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During his illustrious 19-year NBA career, Kevin Garnett has displayed his passion and love for the game of basketball every time he steps foot on the court. Although Garnett is no longer the scoring threat he once was, his experience and mentoring of young forwards speaks to his greatness. The 2003-04 MVP and 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year has averaged 18.6 PPG, 10.3 RPG and 3.9 APG. Garnett is 10th all time in rebounding.

2. Tim Duncan

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2. Tim Duncan

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During last season's NBA playoffs, veteran forward Tim Duncan proved that he's still an elite power forward. The five-time NBA champion has averaged 19.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 APG and 2.2 BPG during his 17-year career. The 14-time All-Star has been named to 10 All-NBA First Teams and has only missed the playoffs once in his entire career. Duncan is also seventh all time in blocks (2,791) and fifth in defensive rebounds (10,366).

1. Kobe Bryant

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1. Kobe Bryant

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Love him or hate him, Kobe Bryant has been one of the NBA's most decorated players of all time. After foregoing college, fans have watched the five-time NBA champion grow into one of the league's greatest players of all time. During his 18-year career, Bryant has averaged 25.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.8 APG and 1.5 SPG. The 16-time All-Star was named the league's MVP during the 2007-08 season and is currently fourth all time in points scored (31,700).