As the NBA playoffs kickoff, it is a perfect time to consider who might be headed to the Hall of Fame someday. This article will discuss the merits of seven players who are on track for enshrinement as well as a recommended rookie card for each player mentioned.
Before we get started, here are a couple of ground rules. First, only active players are included on this list. In addition, I focused on players with at least five years of professional experience. As exceptional as Luka, Zion and Ja seem to be, we do not have enough of a sample size to project Hall of Fame careers for these players. Therefore, you will not see some of the young stars here.
Finally, a word on the recommended cards. These are not necessarily the most expensive or most popular rookie card for the projected Hall of Famer. Rather, I tried to focus on cards that with a little luck, patience and budgeting can be aspired to by the average person. For example, the Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph is highly sought after, but it is unlikely that anyone reading this article has an extra $1 million to spend on a piece of cardboard. As a result, recommending a card of that type is not particularly useful. With that said, away we go…
Recommended Card: 2015-16 NBA Hoops #289
In five seasons Towns has averaged 22.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. He also has been selected to two All-Star teams and was a member of the 2017-18 All-NBA team. In 2018 Towns signed a long-term contract which will likely keep him with the Wolves for most of his career. While playing in Minneapolis could potentially keep his cards undervalued for the near future, if you are looking for a low-cost future Hall of Famer, Towns is it.