Interesting Debate

This was born from a discussion I heard on the radio this morning, and I think it’s a good one.

Michael Jordan, John Stockton, and David Robinson are being enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame this year.  But is this the best HOF class ever?

In 1980, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Jerry Lucas went into the Hall together.  Is that class better than MJ, Stockton and Robinson?

Here’s the list of year-by-year induction classes.   You decide for yourself.

7 Responses

  1. Tough choice.

    I’d rank those guys

    1. Jordan
    2. Roberston
    3. West
    4. Robinson
    5. Stockton
    6. Lucas (simply because of length of career)

    I’d say Jordan’s group has the slight edge…. only because when in doubt go with the best player.

  2. Great debate. I agree with your rankings Tim except I would put Stockton above Robinson.

  3. yeah Tim… I think that’s going to be the tiebreaker for a lot of people. I’ll bet the voting is heavily in favor of the Jordan group…. but each individual vote is one of those “I’m giving the slight edge to Jordan”. I’m betting the sentiment is closer than the final vote total.

  4. Stockton is not getting enough credit. Yes, Robinson was probably the best big man of the 90s (Hakeem, Ewing, or Mourning?), but Stockton was easily the best and most consistent point guard the league had in a very long time:

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/stockjo01.html

  5. Pretty overwhelming vote-the tribe has spoken…

  6. Yeah I originally had Stockon ahead of Robinson…..
    But I moved up Robinson because he did what Stockton failed to do….. win a title.

    Nothing against Stockton though.

  7. The best year? When was Bill Russello inducted?

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