Now for the fun stuff: we’re actually going to start building our own Hall of Fame. I’d like to get as much reader participation as possible here, too. To start with we’ll induct a class of five players. The nominees will be the 12 players who have scored over 500 in PCS. Those players are: Michael Jordan (1000.0), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (934.9), LeBron James (874.8), Tim Duncan (786.1), Bill Russell (770.0), Kobe Bryant (747.6), Magic Johnson (734.2), Wilt Chamberlain (699.2), Shaquille O’Neal (689.8), Larry Bird (689.3), Karl Malone (637.3), and Jerry West (536.2).
In the comments section, rank all 12 players from 1-12 with 1 being the most deserving. I haven’t determined the weighting system yet, but reader vote will count for the bulk of the score, my vote will count for part of the score, and strictly PCS by the numbers will count for part of the score. (So that part will be 1. Jordan, 2. Kareem, 3. LeBron, 4. Duncan, 5. Russell, and so on.)
Guidelines for voting: Consider only on-court performance. We have no character clause. I don’t care that Michael Jordan was a dick, or that Shaquille O’Neal is the most charitable human being on the planet. (Well, I do care. A lot, actually. But for the purposes of this project, only basketball ability should matter.) Use PCS as a guide, but don’t let it be the end-all, be-all. If you think a player’s prime was worth more than someone else’s, and you value that more, rank him higher. If you think titles are the only thing that really matters, use that as your guideline. For active players, judge their careers as if they’ll never play another game. (It seems unnecessary to wait until they retire – they’re obviously not going to lose awards or championships regardless of how long they play.)
Go nuts and have fun with it, but I’d like to see an explanation of your voting thought process with your ballot. If you’re marking Jordan as 12th, I’d like to know why. I’ll probably still count your vote, but I want to avoid a Zaza Pachulia situation if I can.
As a reminder, PCS factors in and weights MVP votes, contributions to championships, All-NBA First and Second Teams, All-Star teams, and contributions to postseason and regular season team success. It does not score things that have not been present/awarded since the NBA began. So things like Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, All-NBA Third Team selections, etc. aren’t there – if you want to consider those, go for it. It also doesn’t factor in Rookie of the Year awards, because being the best player for one year amongst a random sampling of other players selected by happenstance is a weird award. It can be either very good with solid competition, or it can be Michael Carter-Williams.
Also, this is going to be the “Professional Basketball Hall of Fame.” The following won’t apply to these 12 players, but ABA stats and achievements will be taken into consideration (albeit at a lesser value); collegiate and Olympic/FIBA competitions will not. If you can find stats/accomplishments from foreign professional leagues (for future player consideration), you can consider those, but again, we won’t value them as highly as NBA accomplishments.
I think the typical voting window will be two weeks, but for this first set, I’m going to give it a month so that more people have a chance to discover this blog and we can get a good base of voters going (hopefully.) While this month of voting is going on, I’m planning on running a project looking at the current nominees for the official Hall and evaluating their worthiness using PCS. There are 14 nominees who are being considered for their NBA careers as players, so it might be a bit tight timing-wise, but we’ll do them all one way or another.
Anyway, on to voting! Make your picks, tell me why, tell your friends. Again: Jordan, Kareem, LeBron, Duncan, Russell, Kobe, Magic, Wilt, Shaq, Bird, Karl Malone, Jerry West. Rank 1-12, with 1 the highest, and rank everyone. We’ll induct the five highest scores to start. Let’s build this thing!