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Hours after legendary players like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan were finally inducted, the Basketball Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2021. To say that there was a drop off in talent between one of the greatest classes of all-time and this year’s class would be a vast understatement. Love them or hate them, even die-hard fans of the new Hall of Fame members have to admit it’s probably a stretch that many, or even all of them should be enshrined later this year.
Four former NBA players will be part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021 who will be inducted this September. They are Chris Bosh and Paul Pierce, who enter the Hall in their first year of eligibility, Ben Wallace who waited four years, and Chris Webber who spent twice as much time as Wallace before being invited to Springfield, Massachusetts.
“First Ballot” Hall of Famer is something that still carries weight in every sports league because it tells modern fans and players there was no doubt when you watched this athlete perform, they were bound for immortality.
Sorry Chris Bosh, but all those three-point shots you made from the corner in Miami off passes from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade don’t make you a Hall of Fame player. Yes, I know you had a great career in Toronto before you joined the Heat, but it wasn’t a Hall of Fame caliber career, and certainly not a first-ballot Hall of Fame career.
For Paul Pierce, who will join his former teammate, Kevin Garnett, in the Hall this September, there’s no doubt in my mind that his career is being elevated because of the team he played for and not the performances he had. If the Hall of Fame were voted on by a point system, Pierce would have lost points for only winning one NBA title that was part of one of the first “super teams” created by Celtics GM Danny Ainge. Because without Ainge trading for both Garrett and Ray Allen to form the first “Big Three,” there would have been no Super Team in Miami. Regardless, that Boston Celtics teams has spent the last decade trying to convince us how great they were while trying to deflect attention away from the fact they only raised on championship banner in the new Boston Garden; a big strike against any of their Hall of Fame credentials.
As for Wallace and Webber, this notion that certain players need to wait until there are no other superstars on the ballot before they can be inducted into the Hall is just nonsense. Their careers didn’t get any better over the last 12, 24, or 36 months than it was the first time Wallace was on the ballot four years ago. Yet, this year somehow Wallace and Webber are Hall of Famers and last year they weren’t? I never thought of either player as worthy of enshrinement during their careers, while conceding both were solid players in the roles they played for their teams.
There’s no crime in being a very good player who just falls short of making the Hall of Fame, yet, if their timing is right, the Basketball Hall of Fame seems to have one place for the very best the game has ever seen, and then another place where even more players are added because they were liked, worked hard, stayed out of trouble, and put up decent enough stats to warrant election. Then again, this is the Hall of Fame that proclaimed Tracy McGrady an all-time great without even winning a playoff series, so we have known for a while the Basketball Hall of Fame standards of excellence are anything but that.
Sorry Basketball Hall of Fame, but your threshold for induction is way too low for my taste.
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