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Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:15 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

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. 
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 7:26 pm
 

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Posted by Ben Golliverreggie-miller

Back in the pre-lockout days, basketball was this awesome sport where you could earn big money playing professionally if you were good. And, if you were really good, you might just make the Naismith Hall of Fame, a hallowed ground where basketball, and not basketball-related income, was center stage.

Despite the ongoing lockout, NBA.com reports that the pool of candidates for the 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has been released.

Some of the biggest names include: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, Yugoslavian center Vlade Divac, NBA referee Dick Bavetta, former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Maurice Cheeks, long-time coach Don Nelson, 16-year NBA veteran Paul Silas, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, former New York Knicks forward Bernard King, former Houston Rocketse coach Rudy Tomjanovich, WNBA star Rebecca Lobo and Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause. 

Here's a longer list of nominees.

Al Attles, John Bach, Dick Bavetta, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Curt Gowdy (contributor category), Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt (contributor), Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Jerry Krause, Reggie Miller, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Billy Packer (contributor), Rick Pitino, Paul Silas (as a player), George Raveling (contributor), Mitch Richmond, Ralph Sampson, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Gene Shue, Jim Valvano (contributor), Donnie Walsh (contributor), Gary Williams, Paul Westphal (as a player), Jamaal Wilkes.

Naismith Hall of Fame finalists are usually announced during NBA All-Star Weekend, scheduled for February in Orlando, Fla., assuming that the festivities are not killed by the lockout. From there, another round of cuts to finalize the class comes in March.

Given his clear snub last year, Miller seems like the obvious headliner in this year's class. He's the biggest name among former players, has a lengthy track record of contributions on and off the court and provides a touch of star power, a necessary commodity every year. Pairing former teammates Miller and Jackson on the induction list could make sense too.

Divac will almost certainly fill the Arvydas Sabonis role, the biggest name international player whose global contributions to the game are undeniable. Lobo, similarly, would make a nice successor to last year's honoree Teresa Edwards, in terms of her college success and icon status.

After those three, Cheeks, an NBA champion, 4-time All-Star and exceptional two-way player might stand the best chance of induction. Hardaway was a 5-time All-Star and is best remember for his killer crossover, but he never enjoyed the postseason success that we generally associate with Hall of Fame players and he sparked a controversy back in 2007 when he made homophobic comments, which he has since apologized for.

Bavetta, the NBA's record-holder for most games officiated, is a wild-card; he will be surely be inducted at some point and it's just a matter of when, not if. Krause, the architect of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls dynasty during the 1990s, has reportedly made many enemies among the basketball establishment and his candidacy may suffer for that fact.

The safe money on the 2012 class might be Miller, Jackson, Divac, Lobo, Cheeks and Bavetta plus ABA champion and All-Star George McGinnis representing the now-defunct league.
 
 
 
 
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