When Don Nelson, the NBA's all-time winningest coach, received word earlier this year that he finally was entering the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, there was an obvious question. What took so long?
NBA commissioner David Stern believes it could be because the Naismith is a "basketball" Hall that is not run by the NBA. It's an all-inclusive honor, drawing not only from the pros, but also the collegiate, amateur and international ranks.
"That's why there are some unusual decisions that get made," Stern said. "I don't know about politics being involved, but it does become more crowded. It takes longer for true talent to be recognized."
Stern said the NBA continues to support the universal nature of the Naismith. But we wondered: What if the NBA created its own Hall of Fame? And if so, what would the inaugural induction class look like?
We're inviting you to create your own Dream Team. Here's a ballot where you can pick the 10 all-time NBA players who deserve to be the first enshrined in our mythic Hall. Use the comments section to make your case for your favorite players.