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Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 11:30 am
Report: Reggie Miller fails to make cut for Hall of Fame finalists despite stellar career. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Indiana is not having an awesome sports stretch. Watched Duke best local heroes Butler in the Final Four, just months after watching Drew Brees do his thing on Peyton Manning. But nothing is really going to match the outrage that's likely raging across the Hoosier State this morning. 

The New York Times and Yahoo! Sports report that Reggie Miller failed to make the cut of finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Which is, you know, kind of insane. 

Miller held the all-time record for three-pointers until a week ago when Ray Allen rained down. Miller played 18 seasons, all for the Pacers, back when guys still played their entire career for small-market teams. He was a 5-time All-Star, an Olympic Gold Medal winner, and is 17th All-Time in points scored in his career. Throw in all the huge moments, the fact that he's the reason we use the phrase "8 points, 9 seconds" (not just a blog, friends!) and make choking signs at Spike Lee, it's really hard to see where the voters were coming from on this one. 

The other candidates certainly had some worthy selections. Tex Winters, Dennis Rodman, Don Nelson,  Rudy Tomjanovich, and Dick Bavetta, and Spencer Haywood are all strong candidates. But outside of Winters and Nelson, who provided long-term contributions to the game that can't be replicated, is any of those candidates necessarily more worthy than Miller? Rodman is a top-three rebounder of all time, if not the best, but is also more known for his... ahem, eccentricities and was able to mosey on over to ride Jordan's coattails to titles. Hard to pinpoint that Miller wasn't his superior in overall play. 

The knock on Miller always comes back to the idiotic championship question. As if a player's singular talents can impact the dozens of things necessary for a player to win a championship including but not nearly limited to luck. We're not even talking about actually being voted in, here, we're just talking about making the cut. Voters didn't think that Reggie Miller, despite his place in the game's history, had enough to even warrant being a finalist. It is at this point we're reminded that no Hall of Fame is run under an adequate system.

Miller's numbers don't leap off the page, a career 18, 3, and 3 guy. But in his peak he was what made the Pacers a Finals contender and right up until his final season, he was part of what made the Pacers contenders. 

But that's all for naught, as he'll have to wait another year. 

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:22 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Not sure what the bigger joke is, Reggie Miller not even making the list of finalists, or this writer calling Rodman a top 3 rebounder of all time. Great rebounder to be sure, but no where even remotely close to top 3.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:13 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Dennis Rodman over Reggie Miller? This is a joke, right?

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:12 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Another reason he might not be going to the HOF is because his sister was better than him.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:03 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

With the game on the line, Reggie is top 5 all time. Jordan, Bird, Kobe, Reggie and you could make the arguement that he could be higher. And if you are in that class how could you not be in the hall of fame. Love him or hate him, Reggie is one of the best competitors ever to play in the league.

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:02 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Miller never made the All-NBA First Team

Come on he played the same position at the same time as MJ and that was when he was in his prime.

Reggie was the best at his position other then MJ he was a shooting guard and what was he best at? Shooting especially 3 pointers. So to me the knock on him not being great on defense is like knocking Marino because he wasn't a mobile QB. He was clutch and was the only reason Indiana was a contender for a decade.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:52 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Reggie was a tremendous player; however his overall achievements dwarf the other candidates.  His overall claim to fame was his 3-point shooting, but unfortunately, that's not enough to get into the hall.  Miller never made the All-NBA First Team, although he did make the Third Team 3 times in his career.  The only MVP votes he got were in 1998 and 2000.  Never winning an NBA championship also hurt him.  It's too bad he didn't join the Celtics the year that they got Garnett and Allen.  That was his chance to finally be on a title winning team.

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:51 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

It is a shame because he was my favorite player growing up and I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life so I am not some Indiana homer. He is the only reason I watched the NBA and since he left I have not watched a NBA game. He is a class act and was better then any of the other guys listed as finalists. Maybe all the voters are Knicks fans or something because that is the only reason I can think of. He deserves to be in even with out a ring it isn't his fault that MJ won most of the years he played Ewing, Malone, Stockton, Barkley never won it all and Reggie was every bit as good as those guys.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:51 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Reg certainly deserves the HOF consideration but to say his overall play was more superior to Rodman's isn't accurate. Rodman didn't mosey over to the Bulls and ride Jordan's coattails, that is simply an asinine statement to make. Rodman was a monster contributor to those title teams. He was the best rebounder of his era, an all-time great on defense, covering players at every position. He was surprisingly clutch at the foul line at the end of games, look at any of the Utah series for proof. He took Malone entirely out of his game in both of those series. He won back to back Defensive Player of the Year awards when he played for Detroit and won two titles there long before he won any with Chicago. Who's coattails did he ride then? Reggie was a great offensive player, that was all. Rodman was a great defensive player, that was all. So how could you possibly say Reg was that much better than Rodman? I'm amazed considering how much people hated Rodman that he is even considered. Although he should be a lock, I'd still be surprised if he made it because of the bias in voting. I am very proud to say he will have his jersey retired in Detroit, where it should be.  

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:46 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist


I see Dick Bevatta is on that list twice.  I guess crazy legs will go down into the HOF as a con-artist and scam.

Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:45 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Can sum this travesty up one way: F***ING RIDICULUS!!!! If Reggie doesn't belong in the HOF, then no one does. He may not have won a ring, but he made Indiana, an NBA laughingstock for years, a contender for over a decade. This snub shows how much the HOF voters need to be called out to explain their voting, and be held accountable for their actions.

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