Biggest Snubs from Basketball Hall of Fame 2021 Finalists: Coach Bob Huggins Once Again Left off the List

Published 03/09/2021, 11:07 PM EST


Being in the Basketball Hall of Fame is the dream of every basketball player. While there are many names who play or coach basketball during their careers, only a handful get the opportunity to be in the HoF. Recently, the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame 2021 were announced.

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This HoF class is headlined by Celtics legend Paul Pierce, two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh, and the legendary Bill Russell. Along with them, there are 11 more names that have been selected as finalists.

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However, only a handful of these finalists will be inducted to the Hall of Fame. Although all the players and coaches have earned their spot here, there are still a few notable snubs. That being said, let’s take a look at the top 3 snubs from the Basketball Hall of Fame 2021 finalists.

Top 3 biggest Basketball Hall of Fame 2021 finalists snubs

Bob Huggins

The biggest missing name from this year’s HoF finalists is West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. Huggins has been a coach for 39 years and has numerous accolades under his name. The most notable jewel on his crown is 899 wins during his career as head coach.

Huggins has been nominated to be inducted in the Hall of Fame since the last four years. However, he was once again snubbed from the list. One might wonder, what else does Huggins has to do to finally receive this honor?

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Chauncey Billups

Now shifting focus towards NBA stars, Chauncey Billups is one of the top names. Billups might not be your regular fancy player, but he was instrumental to the early 2000s Detroit Pistons team.

During his career in the league, Billups earned a plethora of accolades. He was a 5x NBA All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 2x All-Defense, 2004 NBA champion, and 2004 NBA Finals MVP. Looking at his resume, Billups should be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but he was once again snubbed.

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Shawn Kemp

The last name on the list is Seattle SuperSonics’ (now Oklahoma City Thunder) Shawn Kemp. While Kemp’s resume is not that long, he was a core member of the Sonics in the 1990s. Along with Gary Payton, Kemp led the team to several excellent seasons.

But due to not being a champion, Kemp’s HoF probability tanked. He was a 6x All-Star and 3x All-NBA during the prime of his career.

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What are your thoughts on the biggest snubs from the Basketball Hall of Fame 2021 finalists? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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