The 2017-18 NBA season opens in just over a month and ESPN and Sports Illustrated are releasing their top 100 player rankings for the upcoming campaign.

As interesting, infuriating, and perplexing as those lists usually are in their own right, the top 20 are usually pretty similar.

No one has to tell you that LeBron James is one of the best players in not only the league, but on the planet.

The same can be said for Alpha Kaba, who was selected last in June’s draft by the Hawks; he didn’t make the cut on either list, but you shouldn’t be surprised by that.

So instead of rehashing who the top 15 players are in the NBA today, because our list isn’t going to differ much from the WWL or SI‘s, why not look at the chances each of those 15 players has when it comes to being enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame when their careers are over?

This isn’t a ranking, so these guys aren’t listed in any particular order:


Giannis Antetokounmpo

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Position: SG/SF/PF
Age: 22
Career Stats: 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.3 blocks
Career Accolades: All-Star, All-NBA, All-Defensive, All-Rookie, Most Improved Player
Prediction: Long ways to go but definitely on track



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