One of the greatest achievements in an NBA player’s career is getting enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. It is such a prestigious honor to be inducted as the number of players currently in the Hall of Fame are a few shades above 200. There are many factors to be considered in order to be included in the significant list but it is certain for a player to make his mark in the league before he calls it a career.
In this list, we will select every NBA team’s most likely Hall of Fame candidate. We will only choose one current NBA player from each team who could realistically make the HOF by the time they decide to hang their sneakers up.
Atlanta Hawks – Trae Young
Young led the league in points and assists during the 2021-2022 season – a rare feat considering that this only happened once (1971-1972) in the league’s history. He was also named an All-star twice and was included in an All-NBA Third Team in 2022.
Boston Celtics – Jayson Tatum
Tatum is a four-time All-star and a member of three All-NBA teams so far in his career. At just 25 years old and still a couple of years away from his prime, he is widely projected as one of the greatest players of his generation.
Brooklyn Nets – Mikal Bridges
The 26-year-old small forward is slowly becoming one of the best two-way players in the league last season. Bridges was the defensive stopper during his time with the Phoenix Suns but Brooklyn may have unlocked his full potential as a player.
Charlotte Hornets – LaMelo Ball
A 6’6” point guard, Ball was already named an All-Star in just his second year in the league. He has the flair and potential in order become Charlotte’s greatest player when it’s all said and done.
Chicago Bulls – DeMar DeRozan
DeRozan is best remembered for his time with the Raptors, but his time with the Bulls has been largely underappreciated. He is a six-time All-Star and a member of three All-NBA teams in his career.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell is entering his prime while playing for the Cavaliers, which bodes well for the team. He has made four All-Star teams and was named a member of the All-NBA Second Team in 2023.
Dallas Mavericks – Luka Doncic
The Slovenian wonderkid made four All-NBA First Team honors in just five seasons in the league and it won’t stop there anytime soon. Doncic is a tier-one superstar and will undeniably make every basketball Hall of Fame list in the world once he retires.
Denver Nuggets – Nikola Jokic
Jokic cemented his legacy in the league by leading the Nuggets to their first title last season. The Serbian big man also won back-to-back MVP awards and would have won three straight if it wasn’t for voter fatigue. He is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer and should realistically add more accolades to his career if he treats basketball as his number one passion.
Detroit Pistons – Cade Cunningham
This team is relatively young which explains why they don’t have players poised to make the HOF, yet. But if there’s one guy on the roster who has a gut shot to make it, it would be Cunningham.
Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry
Let’s make it clear – Curry’s impact in basketball almost rivals Jordan’s. It’s safe to say that he is the sole reason why teams put premium importance on the three-point shot more than anything else in today’s era. Curry is the world’s greatest shooter and has won four championships with the Dubs.
Houston Rockets – Alperen Sengun
This may be premature to say, but Sengun is quickly becoming Houston’s best all-around player at just 21. The Turkish big man’s game is somewhat similar to Nikola Jokic’s but with more athleticism involved.
Indiana Pacers – Tyrese Haliburton
The Pacers have a young roster but could seriously make some serious strides once Haliburton develops into a bonafide superstar. If he can improve his game and gather some accolades along the way, the 23-year-old could become a potential HOF candidate.
Los Angeles Clippers – Kawhi Leonard
Whether you like his load management or not, Leonard will definitely make the HOF once he retires. He already has two Finals MVPs under his belt during his time with the Spurs and Raptors and is currently seeking for a third one with the Clippers.
Los Angeles Lakers – LeBron James
Words are not enough to emphasize what LeBron has done for the game. Arguably one of the top two players in the history of the league, James has done it all in his career and is still going strong at age 38. If there was a list that is much more significant than the HOF, he’d get in there too.
Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant
Morant transformed the Grizzlies into contenders in just his fourth season in the league. One of the best young players in this generation, there is no doubt that Morant could make the HOF if he can forgo all the unnecessary antics off the court.
Miami Heat – Jimmy Butler
In all honesty, Butler isn’t even considered a tier-one superstar by most analysts but nobody can deny his passion for the game. Butler is one of the best two-way players in the NBA right now and has made five All-NBA teams and five NBA All-defensive teams so far in his career.
Milwaukee Bucks – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Antetokounmpo’s basketball resume is one of the best in the league. He has won back-to-back MVPs and has delivered a championship for Milwaukee in 2021. Giannis should be able to add more rings to his beloved Bucks by the time he calls it a career.
Minnesota Timberwolves – Anthony Edwards
While Karl-Anthony Towns is Minnesota’s best player right now, it will not surprise anyone if Edwards steers the Wolves into title contention for years to come. The young shooting guard has the mentality and the talent to become one of the NBA’s top players this decade.
New York Knicks – Julius Randle
Randle’s game is largely underappreciated despite playing at the most passionate basketball city in the league. He’s still a long way from becoming a Hall of Famer, but Randle has the tools to be considered down the road.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
One of the top point guards in the league right now, Gilgeous-Alexander has all the right tools to reach the HOF once he calls it quits. He is a legitimate superstar in the NBA. And with a young but talented roster, OKC will be a title contender a few years from now largely because of Shai.
Orlando Magic – Paolo Banchero
It’s still premature to anoint the reigning rookie of the year as a future HOF, but Banchero has the talent to become one if he continues his development at an elite level.
Philadelphia 76ers – Joel Embiid
The reigning MVP will undoubtedly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Embiid is the second iteration of Hakeem Olajuwon, but bigger and stronger. The only missing thing in his resume is an NBA championship.
Phoenix Suns – Kevin Durant
One of the greatest scorers the league has ever seen, Durant will be inducted into the HOF as soon as he is eligible to make the list. He has won almost every award imaginable in basketball and is still going strong despite injury setbacks in recent years.
Portland Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard
Lillard is considered the greatest Blazers player of all time and his spot in the HOF was already solidified years ago. The only thing missing in his resume is a championship but his recent trade demand could seriously impact his legacy in Portland.
Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox
Fox is slowly becoming one of the league’s most dynamic point guards and just recently led the Kings to their first postseason in 16 years. While Fox still has a long way to go to become a hall of famer, he might become one if he maintains his stellar play for Sacramento.
San Antonio Spurs – Victor Wembanyama
It is way premature to include the rookie in this list but if he develops his game under the tutelage of Coach Pop, then he’ll end up with the likes of The Admiral and The Big Fundamental by the time he’s done at Texas.
Toronto Raptors – Pascal Siakam
Siakam is Toronto’s best player right now and has been named an All-Star twice and has made the All-NBA team in 2020 and 2022. He still has a long way to go to make the HOF.
Utah Jazz- Lauri Markkanen
After bouncing from a couple of teams early in his career, Markkanen finally found a home with the Jazz last season. Now entering his prime, if Markkanen can gather more accolades within the next few years, he may have a shot at the HOF.
Washington Wizards – Jordan Poole
Kuzma won’t make it. Gallinari is far from it. If Poole somewhat goes nuclear with his time in D.C., then he’s the best bet for this team to make the HOF.
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