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Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:15 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 2:09 pm
Reggie Miller leads the 2012 Naismith Hall of Fame class of finalists. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame candidates were announced Friday at an event during All-Star Weekend. The candidates are as follows: 

Reggie Miller: Last year's big exclusion. Miller held the record for all-time made three-pointers until Ray Allen broke it last season. Miller should be in by a mile. Miller finished his career as a 47 percent shooter despite being a three-point expert, where he was a 40 percent career shooter. He averaged 18 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds during his 18-year career. 

Mo Cheeks: Played eleven years for the Sixers and is currently an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder after head coaching stints in Portland and Philadelphia. Another logical nominee, Cheeks was a four-time All-Star, a four-time NBA All-Defensive Team member, an NBA Champion in 1983 with Philadelphia, and lead the league in field goal percentage in 1975. 

Bernard King: Four-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA, finished second in MVP voting in 1984. Averaged 23 points and six rebounds on 52 percent shooting during a fourteen-year career. 

Bill Fitch: Two-time NBA Coach of the Year, NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics in 1981. 25 years of coaching in the NBA, including 944 wins, one of the true legends in coaching circles 

Dick Motta: NBA Champion in 1971 with over 1,000 victories at various levels of play. 

Don Nelson: Nelson is also not going to have any trouble, considering he has the most wins of any coach in NBA history. A .557 winning percentage over 2,398 games across over three decades in the league? Yeah, I'd say Nellie's good to go. 

Hank Nichols: Long-time official and "rule architect." 

Rick Pitino: Well, this is an NBA blog, so we'll leave that one alone and leave it to our Eye on College Basketball brethren

Jamaal Wikes: Four-time NBA champion, three-time All-Star, two-time All-Defensive team (second team). Career averages of 16 points and six rebounds on 50 percent shooting. 

Ralph Sampson: Three-time Naismith Award and National College Player of the Year Award winner. His work at Virginia is the stuff of legend. Three-time NBA All-Star. 

Katrina McClain: Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time FIBA gold medalist. Two-time USA Basketball female athlete of the year. 

All-American Red Heads: The female version of the Globetrotters, basically. 

Many worthy candidates this year, but it also looks like the process for induction will be different next season. More on that in a bit. 

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:33 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Dick Motta was a great coach. He molded winning teams in Chicago, Washington and Dallas in the 1970s and 80s. . Unfottunately, he took over some execrable teams at the end of his career and failed to make them into contenders. That left him with losing lifetime record, but don't be fooled. He liked to work with players who were real adults, and when he had them he molded them into winning machines on both ends of the court. There are teams today which could use a coach like Motta. He will be in the HOF someday. Why not now, while he can enjoy the honor?

Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:30 am

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

I think Miller deserves to get in based on his shooting accuracy in FG, 3pt and ft percentage. He is one of the top 20 at least greatest shooter at all 3 of those categories. Just my opinion.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:54 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Reggie went to the wrong college after attending Poly Tech in Riverside, Ca. He should have been a lock to attend SC. I guess one would get tired of being called Cheryl’s little brother though, therefore he attended that other school.

All that being what it is Reggie without a doubt belong in the NBA Hall of Fame. Duration, consistency, leadership, top NBA record three point shooter until last season. Percentage leader in three point shots.

Having NBA rings and championships should be added gravy as to who would be in the NBA Hall of Fame. This might be a weak class in a lot of opinions, however, Reggie Miller do belong.    

If having a NBA championship ring is gonna be the only criteria to be selected to the Hall of Fame, we are gonna have a lot of very excellent basketball players that would never be selected.

I see that someone has compiled a list o excellent basketball players with out NBA rings and championships, therefore I will not put out the same information twice.


Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:46 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Every person has their own standards for what makes a HOFer.  I was shocked to find out that Reggie never was placed on the 1rst or 2nd All NBA team.  That actually made me look at what criteria one should use to define a HOFer.  After careful consideration I came up with this.  If you can recall with amazement more than 5 performances in the playoffs that made you say wow then the person should get in no questions asked.  Of course the persons total body of work should be considered but phenomenol playoff performances should carry alot of weight.  Years down the line when you are talking about some of the most amazing big game performances you have to rank Reggies right up there with the best.  I do believe Reggie and Gary Payton were the only 2 players not on the Bulls that didnt back down from Jordan.  That has to give him some cool points too.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:08 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Reggie Miller and Bernard King should be a lock followed by Nelson ,Pitino,Motta,Fitch and Sampson would've been a lock if career was cut short because of injuries ...

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:50 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Richmond won't get in, he is a Homophobic man! LOL... was Tim Hardaway that had the homophobic rant...

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:17 am

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

This is simply a way to express my thoughts, not a way to make friends. I have friends.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:21 am

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

I agree. I would take Mitch Richmond over Reggie Miller any day. Reggie had a lot of playoff highlights, but he also had a good amount of playoff failures. It is hard to say a guy whose line was 18-3-3 in the regular season, only a 5-time All-Star, was a horrible rebounder, was not able to create his own shot, and was not that great of a defender. Each time ESPN shows old Pacers-Knicks highlights, everybody becomes enthralled and think Reggie played like that every night.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:20 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Oh HornsStampede, you poor soul, how misguided you are.  Let's me explain

@johnycash:  I'm sure you made some great points, but I actually drifted off to sleep while reading that novel of yours, so will never know. 

Just fyi, it's not the greatest idea to tell someone (HornsStampede) who is clearly more articulate than you and had the forethought to put his points in numerical order that he's wrong and misguided.  Not exactly winning friends and influencing readers with that one, pal. 

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:28 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Oh HornsStampede, you poor soul, how misguided you are. Let's me explain how you and B100 are wrong. As previously mentioned, simply not winning a championship does not mean you should not be in the HOF. See Karl Malone and John Stockton. I'm surely Reggie would have hopped from team to team in his career playing for a discount he could have won a championship...... Ie: with the celtics. Also maybe you forgot about that Jordan guy who owned the nba championship every full season he played from 1991 to 1998 He was never considered the best player at his position during his career....first, shooting guard through the time period that Reggie played was probably the most stacked position of any in the nba....again, I reference the best player of all time, mj whom played shooting guard for most of his career. This point in your argument is especially bad. Never a top ten player in any year he played. Fair enough, your probably right but the HOF is about many things including greatness over a long period of time. He was for many of his years considered a top teir player. Miller made all nba 3rd team 3 times in his career, again keeping in mind he played at a very stacked position...while Michael Jordan was playing. That pretty much takes the possibility of 1st team out for the entire prime of his career. He received votes for MVP in 2 different seasons. Being an MVP is not a requirement to be in the HOF and jump shooters are typically not in the mix for this unless your name is Larry bird. You win this one, he was not a great defender, however he got better as he got older and was actually an underrated defender in the second half of his career. 3 assists per game is not bad averaged over an 18 year career considering he is not a point guard or a guy known for being able to gets his own shot and "create" for others. Here's a few intangibles that have been missed. 18.2 point per game when you have played for 18 seasons and the 6th most games of all time is pretty darn good when you factor in the fact that the tail end of his career his avg dropped dragging down his all time scoring average. He played his entire career with one team, quite rare and gives him bonus props. Longevity (see don Nelson), counts for something. Through the 90's he was the closest person/team to putting the bulls out of the playoffs. 2 min away in game seven. He also got better in the clutch as opposed to shrinking away from the spotlight aka lebron. Arguably the best three point shooter of all time however I would have him 2nd to ray Allen. Don't forget the gold medals. And to top it off, he was a class act throughout his career. He was always in shape and prepared for the season or games. His career averages are better in the playoffs. One of very few players to shoot over 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3 point line and 90 percent from the free throw line. Oh yeah, one of the best free throw shooters of all time. Lastly, I Am NOT saying he was better than Jordan however his points per shot taken were higher than Jordan. Understandably Jordan's efficiently would be lower given a higher volume of shots but it's a point to make. He did quite a bit on very few shots a game. Actually never shot more than 29 times in a single game for his entire career. I'd invite anyone to challenge that miller should not be in the hall of fame. If you were talking a 13 or 14 year career with an average of 18 points per game you may have a point however over an 18 year career, that is simply incredible. Good luck in the voting this year reggie.

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