Current NBA Players Destined to Enter the Hall of Fame

These current NBA players are near locks to be Hall of Famers eventually.

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For most of the NBA regular season, the focus is on the current players, what they’re doing right now, and how it’s going to get them closer to a championship. As we wade through the final stages of the offseason, though, I want to take a quick second and look beyond the upcoming 2017-18 campaign. I want to take a long-term approach today, keying in on the current NBA players who are destined to be immortalized in the hallowed halls of the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame someday.

We’ll start with the biggest names in the game right now, and work our way down to some of the other former greats who are still sticking it out in the league as their careers come to a close. For your reference, the players’ Hall of Fame Probability (via Basketball Reference) is included.

Just an FYI – if the probability is N/A, it’s because the player doesn’t have 400 career games under his belt yet.

LeBron James
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Hall of Fame Probability: 100%

If there was ever a lock to see himself enshrined in Springfield, MA, it’s LeBron James. The greatest player of his era, the King has been a superstar since the day he stepped onto an NBA court. Despite his 32 years of age, he hasn’t slowed one bit and figures to add another ring or two to his collection before he calls it a career.

Stephen Curry
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Hall of Fame Probability: 97.6%

He’s only been in the league eight years, but Stephen Curry already seems like a lock for the Hall of Fame. During those eight seasons, he’s emerged as one of the all-time great shooters, particularly from long range. That scoring prowess, along with underrated off-ball defense and superb passing/dribbling skills, have earned him two MVP awards and two NBA titles. Sounds like a Hall of Fame resume to me.

Russell Westbrook
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Hall of Fame Probability: 95.7%

Let’s be honest — there aren’t many players in NBA history who can take over a game the way Russell Westbrook can. He’s an elite scorer who can kill you with the jumper or find his way to the rim with relative ease. He put the Oklahoma City Thunder on his shoulders last season, earning an MVP award for his efforts. Westbrook has already put together a Hall of Fame resume, but would be a shoo-in if he can win a ring too.

Kevin Durant
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Hall of Fame Probability: 99.9%

Kevin Durant has been nothing short of stellar throughout his entire NBA career. The best part is that he’s still in his prime, and may even have gotten better last season with the Golden State Warriors. Now he has a ring on his finger, an MVP award to his name and is almost out of fingers to count his All-Star appearances. KD will go down as one of the most lethal scorers in NBA history, making him more than worthy of a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Kawhi Leonard
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Hall of Fame Probability: N/A

We’ve only seen six seasons of what Kawhi Leonard has to offer the San Antonio Spurs and the NBA. During those six years, we’ve watched the San Diego State product grow and evolve into one of the game’s best all-around players. Since joining the Spurs, he’s been named First-Team All-NBA twice, won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and earned himself a ring. The best part is that he’s only 26 — the sky is the limit for Leonard.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Hall of Fame Probability: N/A

While not as accomplished as some of the other names on this list, I have zero doubt that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a Hall of Famer when his NBA career is said and done. The Milwaukee Bucks‘ superstar is a Swiss army knife, doing everything with excellence and possessing even more room for growth at 22 years of age. This past season, he won the Most Improved Player Award and was named to the All-NBA and All-Defensive second teams. Already one of the greatest athletes in league history, Antetokounmpo has the makings of shoo-in Hall of Famer.

James Harden
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Hall of Fame Probability: 92.3%

Can you smell what the Beard is cooking? If not, you need to open your nostrils and let him the seductive aroma of offensive mastery that is James Harden. The Houston Rockets‘ creative, deceptive scorer has shown time and time again that he can be a one-man wrecking crew. With a stronger supporting cast, we could see Harden make a legit push for his first ring in 2017-18. While I’m not a fan of his lackadaisical effort on defense, he’ll absolutely deserve enshrinement if he keeps playing at this elite of a level.

Anthony Davis
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Hall of Fame Probability: N/A

Obviously it’s still very early in Anthony Davis‘ career. He’s been in the league for only five seasons, and is still only 24 years old. However, through the first five opportunities to see him do his thing at the NBA level, it’s safe to say he’s blown minds. One of the first of his kind, Davis helped break the mold of big men who belonged solely in the paint. A dynamic scorer who is one of the leagues best when it comes to rim protection, the New Orleans Pelicans‘ franchise player isn’t anywhere near done elevating his game. The Hall appears to be in his future at this moment.

Paul George
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Hall of Fame Probability: 6.9%

As great as he is, I don’t think Paul George has ever quite received the credit he deserves for the type of talent he is. That may have been partly due to the fact that he played on a largely middle-of-the-road Indiana Pacers team that could never surround him with enough talent to get over the hump. Now in Oklahoma City, George should be given every opportunity to cement his status as one of the greats alongside two other greats. The odds may seem stacked against him, but his talent screams Hall of Famer.

Draymond Green
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Hall of Fame Probability: N/A

I know this one may seem a tad strange. However, when you think about it, Draymond Green‘s current trajectory seems on track to land him in the Hall of Fame. Since joining the Warriors as an undersized big, he’s taken the NBA by storm with his tenacity, determination and lockdown defensive skills. In only five seasons, he’s earned All-Defensive First Team three times, two All-Star appearances, one Defensive Player of the Year Award and two rings. The trophy case will grow, and so will his Hall of Fame resume.

Carmelo Anthony
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Hall of Fame Probability: 98.1

Another elite scorer in his day, Carmelo Anthony is still tearing it up despite his advancing age. Now playing alongside Westbrook with the Thunder, he figures to finally get a real shot at winning a title. Sure, he made a few playoff appearances during his time with the Denver Nuggets. Despite that, this could be his opportunity to cement his status as a Hall of Famer with a monster season on the best team he’s ever been on.

Chris Paul
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Hall of Fame Probability: 99.9%

One of the great point guards of the modern era, Chris Paul has had a turbulent career — at least in terms of the teams he played on. He went from a lackluster New Orleans Hornets team, to an underachieving Los Angeles Clippers club. Now with the Rockets, he’ll look to cap off his illustrious NBA career with a title alongside Harden. Even if that doesn’t happen, Paul still belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Butler
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Hall of Fame Probability: N/A

While not the early bloomer like some of the names on this list, Jimmy Butler has quietly earned his spot among the NBA elite. A unstoppable two-way guard who creates offensive opportunities for himself while stealing them from opponents, the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ new centerpiece should see his stock continue to soar now that he isn’t burdened by the Chicago Bulls ownership. When he receives his place in the Hall of Fame, Butler will be thanking the Bulls organization for letting him loose and sending him to a team where his talents are appreciated.

Blake Griffin
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Hall of Fame Probability: 27.1%

If it wasn’t for all of the injuries in recent seasons, Blake Griffin‘s percentage would be significantly higher. Instead, he’s had a tough time staying on the court, forcing him to endure his first two non-All-Star seasons of his seven-year career. However, if he can get back on track in the health departure, Griffin can absolutely make the case for Hall of Fame status. Having the show to himself with CP3 gone probably helps his case, too.

Dwyane Wade
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Hall of Fame Probability: 100%

During his heyday, Dwyane Wade was one of the NBA’s most prolific offensive threats. Even before the days of LeBron and the Miami Heat, the savvy veteran was busy giving opposing defenses nightmares. Although his effectiveness and efficiency have waned in recent years, he’ll still go down as one of the modern greats with three titles and 12 All-Star appearances to his name.

Dirk Nowitzki
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Hall of Fame Probability: 100%

One of the first truly elite international stars, Dirk Nowitzki quickly made a name for himself with his signature shot and unique ability to score considering his size. Although he only has one ring, the Germany native helped the Dallas Mavericks stay relevant for much of the past two decades. Better yet, he’s a legend among fans for his willingness to take less money to help the Mavericks stay competitive. No doubt, Nowitzki will be in the Hall someday soon.

Tony Parker
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Hall of Fame Probability: 93.8

We couldn’t leave Tony Parker off this list, even as he quickly fades as an effective starting point guard. The Spurs’ agile showrunner over the last decade and a half, Parker has proven himself to be an outstanding scorer, facilitator and defender during his days in San Antonio. Although his time is nearly up after rupturing his quad this past postseason, he’ll still go down as one of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Spurs. His efforts, including four championships and six All-Star appearances, more than warrant Hall of Fame consideration.

Vince Carter
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Hall of Fame Probability: 94.5%

Vince Carter will always be known as one of the greatest high-fliers in NBA history. With explosive athleticism and a knack for finding his way to the rim, the superstar routinely made a mockery of opponents who dared get in his way. Overall, though, Carter was much more than a dunker. He helped put the newly minted Toronto Raptors on the map, bringing them to relevance after serious struggles in the franchise’s early years.

Pau Gasol
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Hall of Fame Probability: 93.3%

One of the guys who began the stretch-4 fad in the NBA, Pau Gasol has spent his entire career serving as a game-changing talent in the frontcourt. Whether he’s owning the boards, knocking down jumpers or making precision passes, there wasn’t a facet of the game Gasol didn’t seem to impact positively. Not only was he a star in the NBA, but his efforts in the Spanish League and EuroBasket should be more than enough to earn him a spot in the Hall.

Manu Ginobili
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Hall of Fame Probability: 20%

His probability may be low for a 40-year-old player, but Manu Ginobili has done more than enough to warrant Hall of Fame enshrinement during his seemingly never-ending basketball. On top of being an international superstar, he played an integral role on the Spurs’ four championship teams since the turn of the century. While not a full-time starter, Ginobili was a star as San Antonio’s sixth man and appears primed for one more season shining that role before hanging it up.