Best Hoops Hall of Fame Classes

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Les Harrison, Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson (right), Everett Shelton, J. Dallas Shirley, Jerry West (left).

Naismith got basketball's shrine but West got the silhouette when the NBA was designing its enduring logo for instant recognition and branding. Let's be clear about how good Mr. Clutch and the Big O -- in lockstep from the 1960 Olympics, through their NBA careers, right to Springfield -- were: If the players from this class or any of our other top six were picked playground-style, these guys would go second and third, no question. Lucas was with them in Rome and matched them in NBA titles.

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