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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 NBA.com 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.
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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:07 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

 Great list of nominees however all will not make it on this ballot but several should and rightfully so, below are those I think are deserving.

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.

Jackson was at his best as a Knick where he won Rookie of the year honors and played well during his tenure, he then suffered a major blow to his career when he was traded to the Clippers for Charles Smith.  After a few years with the Clips he revived his career in Indiana along with Reggie Miller and had several more productive seasons.  He'll make the HOF just not this year.


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.

Mullin will get in this year due mostly to his excellent college career.   Along with being on gold medal teams of 1992 & 1996 he was also on the 1984 team coached by Bobby Knight.  One of the best shooters of his time he hits the mark on his fifth try and gets in.



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. 

Not only is he the winningest coach but Nellie has been one of the most innovative coaches for years, his ability to consistently win wherever he goes will not go unnoticed.  He was never well like which probably cost him a few years in the selection committee's eyes.


 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. 

Rodman was an excellent rebounder and defender and I love watching him play and five NBA titles is hard to deny.  He gets in, finally. 


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.

The first true Enforcer in the NBA, although I'm a Lakers fan I truly hope he gets in this year.  I didn't see him play in the ABA but I remember him in Portland as a great rebounder and defender who could score.  A 20-10 guy during the Portland years.


Jamaal Wilkes:  In college at UCLA Wilkes won two National championships and was a first-team Academic All-America in 1972, 1973, and 1974.  During his 12 year NBA career Wilkes won Rookie of the year honors and teamed with Rick Barry to win an NBA title with the Golden St. Warriors in 1975.  He's mostly known for his accomplishments with the Los Angeles Lakers as he helped them win three titles in 1980, 1982 and 1985.  In Game #6 in the 1980's final against the 76ers most people will Magic Johnson scoring a game-high 42 points, grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists while leading the Lakers to the NAB Title.  However the Lakers also received a strong performance from Jamaal Wilkes with 37 and 10 rebounds.  That was the trademark of Wilkes as he was the Lakers silent assassin, his awkward but deadly accurate jump shot from the corner that Laker announcer Chick Hearn dubbed the "20 foot layup").  Wilkes is a three time NBA All-Star, three time All-NBA second team, and two time NBA All-Defensive team, as a biased Lakers fan he definitely gets my vote.



Ralph Sampson:  Sampson helped change the game of basketball both at the collegiate and NBA level.  Coach Dean Smith created the four corner offense to offset Sampson's athletic ability by simply keeping the ball and the lead in Phil ford's hand for the duration of games.  The NCAA would eventually adapt the use off the shot clock to keep the action flowing.  Sampson won three Naismith Awards as the National Player of the Year, only the second athlete to do so, and an unprecedented pair of Wooden Awards.  He was also the #1 draft pick of the Houston Rockets and won NBA Rookie of the year honors.   He would later team with Hakeem Olajuwon and form the Twin Towers and appear in two NBA Finals.  He revolutionized the Power forward position with his size, versatility and athletic ability.  He'll get in based mostly on his college career. 




Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:05 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

I believe that  Dennis Rodman to be a Hall of Famer and I find it amusing that almost everyone here that has added a comment believes so as well but because of his personality off the court a guy who helped win 5 NBA Championships and was one of the greatest defenders and rebounders of all time will not make it into the HoF. Bunch of prudes and elitist snobs some of these voters must be.  Without Rodmen,would the Pistons have won two rings? and Rodman came along exactly at the right time to help Jordan win his last three rings. A man should be judged on his on court performance not his off court bizarre actions to get into the HoF!  And as I remember he never hurt anyone coloring his hair or wearing a wedding dress!



Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:48 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

How old are you redrt88?  Did you even watch Reggie play?  While Reggie never won a championship he is without question deserving to be in the HOF.  Reggie carried the Indiana Pacers for most of his career.  He was a guy drafted in 87 when everyone in Indiana was hoping for the selection of Steve Alford after he just won a National Championship for IU.  Reggie just went out and played.  He won the hearts of Hoosiers throughout the state of Indiana.  He was small but he knew how to work the screens better than anyone I have ever seen in basketball.  The guy was automatic at the free throw line.  He had duels with Jordan, Ewing, Thomas, and Drexler.  Always holding his own against the best.  Ask Spike Lee who did all those Jordan comercials who the dealiest player in the NBA was at that time...I know the answer to that because he has already said it was #31.  While Reggie may not be up there on a short list with Magic, Jordan, and Bird for that era, he is definately following with the Thomas, Ewing, Wilkens, Stockton, Malone, and Drexler.  Reggie Miller is the face of the Indiana Pacers franchise.  Maybe more people would have realized how good he really was if he played for a larger market team.  I am so happy he didn't because I am honored to have been able to see Reggie play all 18 years in my beloved Pacers uniform! 



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Character Matters

I always loved Rodman's play on the court . He was an animal who gave 110% to his team. But, I'm sorry, his crazy antics and crap will keep him out of the Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me?



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:21 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Without question, Dennis Rodman should be a unanimous selection into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. His rebounding skills for a player of his size and stature were unmatched by any player I've ever seen and his overall defensive skills speaks for itself as he was named to 8 consecutive first or second all NBA defensive teams. For those that question the impact of his presence on the basketball court, just give a call to Karl Malone. The strategic, tactical, and analytical mind game he played on Malone in the NBA finals while playing
for the Bulls, had a profound impact on how Bulls were able to defeat the Jazz, but also helped bring the Bulls other championships. When Rodman played for the Bulls, the names that came up first, and rightfully so, was Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Both of them
obviously could score and were also named many times to the first or second team all NBA defensive team. But, for my money, I've got to give props to Rodman because he knew his role and always guarded the oppositions best forward. The same goes for his play when he helped the Detroit Pistons win back to back NBA titles. If we are talking about being in the Basketball Hall Of Fame, it's a no brainer !!! Off the court, as he has always stated, I never beat up anybody, robbed anyone, pulled a weapon on someone, or sexually assaulted anyone. And, finally to solidify his being named to the HOF, Phil Jackson who should know a little about basketball, has always
called Dennis Rodman, the smartest basketball player that I ever coached.    




Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:21 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Talk about a list of better than average players.  Are any of these guys really HOF worthy?  Reggie is definitely the class of the group but I'm not entirely sure he is HOF material.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:55 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

I'm sure it would be better than Michael Jordan's--"I'm Michael Jordan & you're not so you are all losers & I'm the greatest"--the most selfish, meanest speech I have ever heard




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:51 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Rodman deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.  Rebounding and defense was enough for Rodman to know his role and be a key contributor on 5 NBA championship teams.  Team play, team player, well not always.  As for his Hall of Fame speech if he  makes it I believe the HOF would be something that would humble Rodman.



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:40 pm
 

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Rodman has get to in. he's going to do something crazy. That would be like the best Hall of Fame speech ever!


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