The three former NBA stars who could enter the Hall of Fame in 2017

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is filled with greatest names from the sport's history whether that be the WNBA, college, Europe, Asia or the NBA.

The 2016 class included three of the NBA's greats in Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming - who were all first-ballot entrants. But not all years are filled with such talent.

This year's NBA stars amassed an incredible 34 All-Star game selections and 11 All-NBA first team nods. But in 2017, there are not as many players who have that sense of inevitability about reaching the Hall of Fame.

Here are three players who could be enshrined in 2017.

Tracy McGrady

The obvious choice. While T-Mac never had the career of a Shaq or Kobe Bryant, he still enjoyed a fantastic time in the NBA and could have gone on to claim even more honours had injury not held him back.

McGrady last played in 2012, meaning he will be eligible next year, and can expect him to join the aforementioned trio as a first-ballot entrant.

His 13 points in 33 seconds during a comeback victory for the Houston Rockets over the San Antonio Spurs showed the special talent he holds and he goes down as one of the best to never claim a championship ring.

However, seven All-Star games, two All-NBA first team selections, two scoring championships and a Most Improved Player award while averaging 17.1 points per game and 22.2 in the regular and postseason respectively are Hall of Fame worthy stats.

Jack Sikma

The retired center last played in the NBA in 1991 and 2016 may finally be the year his number is called.

Having played 1107 regular season games, the now-60-year-old averaged 15.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per outing.

He made his name with the Seattle SuperSonics, appearing in seven All-Star games from 1977 to 1986. He won a title - the only one in the franchise's history - in 1979.

On top of that, he was named to the All-Defensive second team in 1982 and was All-Rookie first team.

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace. The defensive god. His production on offence was minimal at best, but protecting his own basket, there was nobody better than the Alabama native.

During his 16 year NBA career that ended in 2012, the center made it to four All-Star games, was All-NBA second team on three occasions, All-Defensive first team five times, the 2002 blocks leader and a two-time rebounding leader.

He was voted Defensive Player of the Year four times and is still the Detroit Pistons' all-time leader in blocks. He may have only averaged 5.7 points per night, but his 9.6 rebounds and two blocks more than made up for it.

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