Special Report

Teams With the Most Hall of Famers

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11. New York Knicks (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 28
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Walt Frazier, Patrick Ewing
> First season: 1946

At least one New York Knicks player from each decade has been inducted into the Hall of Fame, starting with Harry Gallatin in the 1940s. During the Knicks heyday of the early 1970s, there were as many as six Hall of Fame players on the roster. Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed helped New York win its second NBA championship in four years. Though the team has fallen on hard times lately, Carmelo Anthony will likely one day represent the 2010s Knicks in the Hall of Fame, alongside Jason Kidd who played in New York during the 2012-2013 season

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10. Chicago Bears
> Total Hall of Fame players: 30
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Mike Singletary, Walter Payton
> First season: 1920

No NFL team has more Hall of Famers than the Chicago Bears. The Bears have a tradition of hard-nosed players, like Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, and 2018 enshrinee Brian Urlacher. Though the Bears have won just one Super Bowl, the franchise was dominant in the early days of the NFL, particularly the 1930s and 1940s. Link Lyman, Bronko Nagurski, and other Bears from that era are among the most revered players in football history. The Bears became the first team with 30 Hall of Fame players when two former players were inducted as members of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class — Jimbo Covert, their left tackle from the 1980s, and Ed Sprinkle, an All-Pro end from the 1940s and 1950s.

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8. Los Angeles Lakers (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 31
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson
> First season: 1948

The Minneapolis Lakers won championships in five of their first six seasons and have been a force in the NBA ever since, winning 16 titles overall. The Lakers dynasties have been led by some of the greatest basketball players ever, including Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and others. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis joining the team, the Lakers certainly have a chance to add more banners and boast more Hall of Famers in the future. All-time Laker legend Kobe Bryant headlined the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.

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8. Ottawa Senators (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 31
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Georges Boucher, King Clancy
> First season: 1917

Since forming in 1993, the Ottawa Senators have only had one Hall of Fame player, Dominik Hasek, on their roster. But before the 58-season hiatus, the Senators were the class of the NHL, winning four championships from 1920 to 1927. Those early Senators teams are responsible for almost all of the Ottawa Hall of Famers — including legends like Art Ross, King Clancy, and Georges Boucher.

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7. Boston Celtics
> Total Hall of Fame players: 40
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Larry Bird, Bill Russell
> First season: 1946

The Boston Celtics had the most dominant stretch in American pro sports history, winning 11 championships in 13 seasons, starting with the 1956-1957 season. That season, the Celtics had seven different Hall of Fame players on their roster, including Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. In total, Boston won 17 NBA titles and 40 of the team’s players have been voted into the Hall of Fame.

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