Ever since I discovered Basketball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame Probability calculation metric, I’ve been very interested in building something similar for the WNBA. However, there was a collection of stats that I didn’t have – the MVP award shares, which are explained here. After pilight was kind enough to give me his information, I began building the metric in earnest.
The calculations are now complete. The data might need a test for accuracy, but we can now put a Hall of Fame probability number on every player to play in the ABL and the WNBA, based solely on their pro career. In short, we can say how much their professional ABL/WNBA career supports their inclusion into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
The problem is that for NBA players, Hall of Fame induction is well established – NBA players are inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame when they retire. This is supposed to be an all-inclusive list including international players and female candidates. Unfortunately, female players weren’t inducted into the Naismith HOF until 1992, with the induction of Lusia Harris-Stewart. The last time a woman was inducted was 2005, with the addition of HortPowered by Sidelines