Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 6/8/12

The NBA is a league of superstars, but few players are able to keep that stardom over a long period of time. This article will take a look at which current players will be first ballot hall of famers when their career is over.

Kobe Bryant: Not much of an explanation needed here. Bryant has dominated the NBA over the last decade, and many consider him to end his career as the second greatest player of all time, trailing only Michael Jordan.

Tim Duncan: Tim Duncan may be one of the most underrated players of all time. Looking back through history, Duncan may be the greatest power forward to ever play the game. His footwork and fundamentals are some of the best the league has ever seen and his four rings prove that he is a winner.

Dirk Nowitzki: The big German brought a completely new style of play to the NBA, and it is quite possible that no other player will be quite like him. His off balance fade away jumpers appear to be the toughest to hit in the league, and with an MVP and championship ring under his belt, he is a lock as a first ballot hall of famer.

Steve Nash: Although Nash does not have a ring; he brought the importance of a good point guard back to the game. Nash won back-to-back MVPs, a very rare feat, and started the trend of point guards averaging near 10 assists, which we now see from Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, and Deron Williams. Hopefully he gets a ring before his career is over.

Paul Pierce: Paul Piece will go down as a top three player in Celtic history, which is almost as impressive as making the hall. Year after year, he gets the job done and hits clutch shot after clutch shot.

Ray Allen: Ray Allen is the last of a dying breed: a true three-point shooter that can change a game. He took Reggie Miller’s spot as the best three-point shooter in the game, and it appears he may have nobody to pass the torch to. His pure stroke and ability to attack the basket have made him nearly unguardable throughout his career.

Kevin Garnett: A lot of people forget just how dominant KG was with the Timberwolves. It was a rarity for him to not record a double double, and he is arguably the most passionate player the league has ever seen.

Kevin Durant: Even though he is just 23 years old, Durant has already won three straight scoring titles. He is the best offensive player in the game right now and he will win a scary amount of championships.

LeBron James: Like it or not, LeBron has been the best player in the league and will be for a long time. At nearly 6’9 and 260 pounds, he is an absolute train and can score at will. James is also one of the best defensive players in the league and WILL eventually win a ring.

Dwayne Wade: Playing with LeBron has caused a lot of people to forget how good Wade is. He has already led the Heat to one championship and is still a top 7 player in the league.

Potential Candidates:
These candidates are not listed due to either injury or lack of length of time as a superstar.

Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin

-Langer

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