Making the Hall of Fame is a confusing process – just ask Chris Webber and Ben Wallace. They waited their turn while players with obviously inferior careers made it in. The players wonder how much they have to do to enter the Hall of Fame. Should they win championships? Get MVP awards? Play in multiple All-Star games? Here are the top 5 scorers that aren’t in the Hall of Fame. Do you think they deserve a spot?
5. Mark Aguirre
Aguirre played for 14 seasons and averaged 20 points per game – the man had no problems finding the bottom of the net. Even in his last season with the Detroit Pistons, Aguirre produced almost 11 points per game at 34 years old. To add to his case for getting into the Hall of Fame, Aguirre was named an All-Star three times, and his highest offensive output came in the 1983-84 season, where he put in almost 30 points per game. The one thing the 2-time NBA champion might be lacking in his game could be rebounding the ball. He only averaged about five rebounds per game which could be why his name did not come up in the Hall of Fame.
4. Isaiah Thomas
Thomas peaked while playing for the Boston Celtics, where he was seen as the heart and soul of that team. Isaiah made up with the hustle and scoring what he lacked in height and defense. A fan favorite, he will be best remembered for putting the team on his back and helping the Celtics to win a day after his sister died in a car crash in 2017. However, his career got derailed by injuries, and Thomas didn’t help himself with rushing back from his hip injury. The diminutive guard peaked in 2016-2017 when he tallied 28.9 points per game and made the All-Star game. Even if Isaiah never makes it to the Hall of Fame, he will be remembered as someone who gave his all every game – King in the Fourth.
3. Kiki Vandeweghe
Vandeweghe is someone who you might consider as the perfect role player. In his 13 seasons in the NBA, he made the Playoffs 12 times. You might also call him one of the unluckiest players in the league based on these statistics alone. How can anyone make the postseason 12 times and not win the chip at least once? Kiki is also one great proof that titles don’t make a player’s career. He registered almost 20 points per game in 13 seasons in the league. Vandeweghe peaked in the 1983-84 season, where he averaged 29 points per game. Always very good, but never seen as great – that’s his Hall of Fame curse.
2. World B. Free
World B. Free is a man who played ahead of his time. His point production was out of this world. In a single season, he managed to record almost 30 points per game. B. Free played for 15 seasons, wherein 12 of those; he tallied double digits in scoring. For ten seasons, he was literally good for 20 a night – his lowest offensive production in a season was 22 points, while the highest was at 30 points per game. Born Lloyd Bernard Free, the combo guard made the All-Star only once, which is another mind-boggling fact of its own.
1. Gilbert Arenas
Arenas was not afraid to shoot. Literally – he was once embroiled in a controversy after bringing a loaded gun in the Washington Wizards locker room. A born scorer who had an unmatched flair in his heyday, Gilbert was Steph Curry and Damian Lillard before Steph Curry and Damian Lillard. Gilbert would pull up from a wild distance, and you wouldn’t think it was a crazy shot. Agent Zero averaged 21 points in his career and tallied the highest offensive output per game in the 2005-2006 season with 29 points. Arenas made the All-Star three times, but he never played in an NBA Final. He will be best remembered for his streaky shooting and not much else, a reason why he would never be named in the basketball Hall of Fame ever. (His off-court reputation doesn’t help as well)