The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is making changes to its election process that’ll reduce the wait time for eligibility by one year, according to NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper. An official announcement on the matter is expected sometime this week.
With these new rules, Hall of Fame enshrinement will come after five calendar years instead of five NBA seasons. Because of this, the 2016 Hall of Fame Class could include Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming.
But as noted by Howard-Cooper, this may also have an adverse effect on the candidacies of players like Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway and Kevin Johnson.
Another major rule change is the dropping of the ABA committee after five years as a direct-elect category. Candidates with a strong background in the ABA will now be judged by the North American committee and will require two rounds of voting to get in.
The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be enshrined next September.