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A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:11 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Nominees for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame were released Tuesday and while the list is strong, there's just one slam dunk. And it's a guy that didn't do much of that, but instead holds the NBA record for most 3-pointers made (2560) and attempted (6486).

Reggie Miller heads the 2011 candidates with his first appearance on the ballot. Miller spent all 18 years of his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers, was selected to five All-Star teams, led the league in free throw shooting five times and was a two-time gold medalist in the 1994 World Championships and 1996 Olympics.

Nobody was more deadly from outside with even a breath of space than Miller, whose eight points in nine seconds is still one of the most incredible NBA feats of all-time.

Miller is pretty much a lock for the 2011 class, but who could join him? As Scott Howard-Cooper of pointed out, with the lighter class this year, some players that have been overlooked in years past might have a better shot this time around. A few of note:

Mark Jackson:
He's third on the all-time assists list and after being left off the final ballot in his first shot at it. I think Jackson will probably end up being sort of basketball's Jim Rice. A qualified candidate that deserves to eventually be in, but someone that might have to wait a while.

Chris Mullin: Remember, the Basketball Hall of Fame isn't the NBA Hall of Fame. Not that Mullin didn't have a nice NBA career, but he's probably one of the greatest college basketball players ever. At St. John's he was a Wooden Award winner and All-American. And in the NBA, he was a five-time All-Star, was part of the 1992 Dream Team and the 1996 gold medal team, plus averaged 25 points a game for five straight years. But as mentioned by Howard-Cooper, Mullin has been a finalist the past four years and if he makes that list again this year but doesn't get in, he'll have to wait five years to be nominated again.

Don Nelson: At some point, Don Nelson is a sure-thing Hall of Famer. He's the NBA's all-time winningest coach and wouldn't you know it, just finished up his career in basketball (for now, at least). He wasn't the most beloved coach in NBA history but you can't ignore a guy that's on top of a list. Especially a list like "Most Wins Ever." That's kind of a big deal.

Bernard King: I'll be honest - I kind of assumed he already was a Hall of Famer. But because of injuries, King didn't finish with the type of gaudy career stats he otherwise would have. I think we should make a Sandy Koufax-ish exception here and put King in. He's one of the very best pure scorers the game has ever seen and when you're mentioned as one of the best at something, that's Hall of Fame material. And with the weak nominees, maybe this is his year.

Dennis Rodman: If it were all about what happened on the court, Rodman is a no-brainer. Maybe the game's most pure rebounder ever (led the league for seven straight seasons), a defensive wizard that was named to eight consecutive first or second All-Defense teams and a multiple-time champion, Rodman has a Hall of Fame resume. But of course there's the issue of his personality and who is and was off the court. When you're talking about people voting you in, that's an important aspect and something Rodman may not pass. Rodman wasn't even a finalist last season though and in this class if he doesn't make it, it might not look so hot for him in the future.

Maurice Lucas: Honestly, I'd hate for him to get in now. I just hate for great players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after passing. It just sucks that they can't be a part of that great honor. But his family would surely treasure the honor and as a player, Lucas was as gritty and tough a guy this league's ever seen. Bill Walton called him the best player on the 1979 championship team and because of his recent passing, there might be a chance Lucas gets some sentimental votes. Not that he wouldn't deserve it otherwise though, because he really was a great player.

Other nominees include Jamaal Wilkes, Rudy Tomjanovich, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Tex Winter, Spencer Haywood, Maurice Cheeks, Ralph Sampson, Bill Fitch, referee Dick Bavetta, Rick Pitino, Joe B. Hall, Jim Valvano, George Raveling and Marty Blake, the long-time head of the NBA scouting bureau.

Chet Walker was nominated by the Veteran's committee. Arvydas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis are candidates from the International committee (two very deserving nominees), while Tara VanDerveer and Teresa Edwards will be candidates from the Women's committee.

Nominees must receive approval on at least seven of nine ballots in the North American group, and five of seven in the others, to become a finalist, cuts that will be announced at All-Star weekend. Finalists will need to receive at least 18 of 24 votes from a different panel -- the names of voters are never released -- to be announced at the Final Four as an inductee.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:36 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Some of those nominated are certainly worthy.  Others are certainly not.  Beyond that, how is it possible that Jo Jo White has not been inducted already?  he and his career stand way above many of the latest nominees.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:12 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Jet, I agree.  I watched a segment on espn a long time ago and It was about Phil Jackson talking about how when Rodman got to the Bulls that he immediately went to work an studying Jordan and Pippins' missed shots so that he was always in position to get their rebounds. It was no coincidence or luck that he got all those rebounds. Then later as you stated he called Rodman the smartest basketball player he ever coached. If a coach with 10 Championships to his name says something about a player who is up for the HOF with all the awards that Rodman has won he should be in without a question.  Forget what he did off the court, your right again. Compared to what players do these days a guy wearing a wedding dress is a joke in comparison to the DWI's,sexual assaults,gun charges, spousal abuse, and assaults we see in todays NBA!   I would like to hear what Jordan,Pippin and the guys from the BAD BOys have to say about how well they would have done without Rodman!

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 1:24 am

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Not a big fan of Rodman due to his off he court antics, but hey he was with Carmen Electra.  I'm envious of just that, but with all the championships and awards this man has won he has to be in.  How many players in the history of basketball could market "Rebounding Champ" year after year.  We all know about scoring and defense, but this man really put rebounding as a key to winning games.  I can't remember when I've heard a teammate of his complain about him not showing up for a game and give it his all.  He was great player, a multiple world champion and an amazing competitor.  How could he not be in the HOF?  And again how can anyone slam him for not being a true entertainer.  Again this man didn't break any laws, hurt anyone (maybe a little with bad taste sometimes), but again are HOF players suppose to be role models?  I loved to watch Jordan play, but his speech was absolutely one of the worse I've ever heard for any induction (football, baseball, boxing, basketball, etc).  Give Rodman his dues, he more than many on this list deserves it.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:09 am

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

for all rodmans "antics" he won alot of titles detroit, san an tone, chicago, one of the few players every that can make a superstar better, took alot of pressure, press, from thompson, dumars, jordan, pipein, admiral, tim d, etc. he needs to be in

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:16 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Wilt would say put them in - but then he knows more about basketball than you do.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:12 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Come on....are you kidding, Mark Jackson and Chris Mullen in the HALL OF FAME.......NO FRICKIN WAY!!!! What would Wilt say????

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:09 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

King yes (of course disregarding the stolen TV and such), Miller probably, but the rest.....notta chance.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:49 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Mo Lucas was Walton's Enforcer  on the 1977 NBA Championship Portland Team, not the 1979 Supersonic team.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:27 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

All are deserving but reggie ,rodman jackson mullen  and bernard king who should've been in a long time ago  will get in  

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:17 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

I think aside from Reggie, the most deserving is Rodman. I mean those numbers just can't be denied. He was the best pure rebounder on the court during his playing days and probably since. His defense was instrumental in getting MJ all those titles and is easily a top 5 defender all time at his position.
This is the basketball hall of fame - keyword being basketball. They need to focus on his resume on the court.

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