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Heat Check: Is this the greatest Hall of Fame class ever?

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Is the 2018 class the greatest to ever be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame?

Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles): I'm not sure it's better than the 2009 Hall of Fame class, which was headlined by Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton. Jordan is the best/second-best player of the all-time depending on where you rank LeBron James, and David Robinson and John Stockton are widely considered to be two of the best players at their position in NBA history. The 2018 class is deeper, but Jordan pushes 2009 over the edge.

Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21): Yao. Iverson. Shaq. Two MVPs, three incredibly unique talents. These three make the 2016 Hall of Fame class the greatest in my eyes.

Let's start with Yao, who in his short-lived prime was amazing. Injuries will always cause us to wonder 'what-if', but his peak years included the development of a turnaround jumper that was literally unstoppable. Next up, you have AI, who is without a doubt one of the greatest scoring talents the league has ever seen. Efficiency aside, Iverson's MVP season in 2001 and subsequent playoff run will forever be etched in history. Last, but certainly not least is Shaq, who is the most dominant player this league will ever see. This is a guy who once averaged 38.0 points and 16.7 rebounds in an NBA Finals series to win his first of three Finals MVPs.

When you break it down, it's really hard to pick against the class of 2016.

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Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13): While there's no top-10 all-time type of player, you'd be hard pressed to find a class with four no doubt about it HOF players like Nash, Kidd, Allen and Hill. In fact, it's the first class EVER with four different players who finished with at least 100 career win shares... and that doesn't even include Hill who finished with 99.9. Don't sleep on Maurice Cheeks who racked up 103.5 which over the course of his career, ranked third among guards behind only Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. There have been other classes with two or three major stars that shine brighter than anyone in this class, but the overall depth makes this the best ever.

Kyle Irving (@KyleIrv_): I'm taking this year's class. Nash, Kidd, Allen and Hill are all names that have been associated with "Hall of Fame" from the second they hung 'em up. The foursome combines for 35 all-star appearances, 20 All-NBA honours, two Rookie of the Year awards (co-rookies), two MVPs (thanks to Nash) and three NBA championships. Add Maurice Cheeks into the mix and you add another four all-star appearances, five All-Defensive team honours and another NBA championship. I'm going with 2018.

Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay): I give the edge to the class of 2016. Shaq and Yao were two of the most dominant big men to ever play the game. Iverson was one of the league's most dynamic scorers and helped influence a generation of future NBA all-stars. Add in Sheryl Swoops, who was the first woman in the WNBA to win three MVPs, won defensive player of the year three times and was part of the Houston Comets' dynasty that won the first four WNBA championships.

This year's class has depth, but I'll give the nod to 2016.

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