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Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin make Hall of Fame final ballot

Feb 18, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

Bulls v Magic Rodman

We complained that Reggie Miller was not on the list — have a discussion if he should be in the Naismith Hall of Fame if you want, he was a bit one-dimensional, but not to be on the final ballot is a travesty — still that should not taking away from the people that make the list.

It’s a good group of 12 that did make the cut.

Dennis Rodman — arguably the greatest rebounder the game has ever seen and a defensive force with a handful of championship rings — heads the list. He’s a guy that should be in any legitimate hoops hall of fame for what he did on the court, but his off-the-court antics and reputation will make it interesting to see if he gets the votes.

Also making the final 12 are Chris Mullin; UCLA legend and four-time NBA champion Jamaal “Silk” Wilkes (he could get in for that 20-foot “layup” he knocked down from the baseline with his elbow flared out for years); Tex Winter (the inventor of the triangle office and a coaching legend); Ralph Sampson; Teresa Edwards (a five-time Olympian); Tara VanDerveer (Stanford’s women’s coach); Dick Motta; Herb Magee (Philadelphia University coach); Hank Nichols (college referee); and Al Attles, assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors.

One shouldn’t have any problem with that group.

Do I have an issue that Ralph Sampson is a finalist but Reggie Miller did not? Now we’re getting somewhere? And we don’t know who the people on the committee are. Very transparent.

The issue is with the setup of the Hall of Fame itself — how do you compare what VanDerveer does to what Mullin or Wilkes did? Sure, it is all basketball, but not to have separate Hall of Fames — or at least separate wings with separate voting processes — it all seems a muddled mess. Or, you could just start an NBA only Hall of Fame… hello, David Stern?

  1. cincycoltsfan - Feb 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Mullin and rodman over Reggie? Who’s on the selection committee? Bridgette nielson and a bunch of crackheads? Rodman averaged probably 2.4 pts over his career. Like Mullin, but no effin way he belongs in before Reggie. I say ask mullin he who thinks was better. He never lit the garden up for 40 plus and 25 in the 4th quarter of the playoffs. This Is a travesty and racialist.

  2. pghsteel412 - Feb 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    @ cincycoltsfan

    wow.. first how is it racial when rodman is black.. and ur really only putting up rodmans pts per game? nothing bout how hes the best rebounder in nba history or the fact that he was a great defender for pistons, bulls and lakers??

    • davemmm - Feb 19, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      I agree that its a joke to say its racial.
      Short memory if you think he is the best rebounder in nba history.

      Dennis Rodman – career 13.12 rpg, ONLY rebounded, terrible offense and poor passer
      Wilt Chamberlin – career 22.89 rpg, worst year he averaged 18.2 rpg
      Wes Unseld – career 13.99 rpg on knees that prevented him from jumping, more steals and more blocked shots than Rodman, his assists counted for more points than Rodman scored

      Wilt Chamberlin was clearly a better rebounder, Unseld arguable better.

      • davemmm - Feb 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM

        Sadly, forgot to mention Bill Russell and Nate Thurmond to mention a few that were definitely better than Rodman.

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 20, 2011 at 12:53 AM

        Davemmm, no, your wrong.

        Rebounds per game is a crappy, crappy way to decide the best rebounder — back in Wilt’s/Russell’s/Unseld’s day the game was played at a faster pace and the overall shooting percentages were lower, so there was much more opportunity to get a rebound. With Nate Thurmond, we know at the end of his career (when they finally started tracking offensive rebounds as a stat) he used to grab 19 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the court. Rodman grabbed more than 20 percent of the available boards for 10 years. I can go on and on, but the bottom line is I think he statistically matches up with any rebounder in history.

        Rodman was also a very good defender. He was a defensive stopper. If you can board and defend that’s 2/3 of the game. There are plenty of offense only guys in the Hall, guys who played 1/3 of the game.

  3. davidly - Feb 19, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    Reggie is clutch. One of the greatest clutch players of all time. By no stretch of the imagination is that one-dimensional.

  4. cincycoltsfan - Feb 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Racialist was a joke. Sacha Baron Cohen. Not even a real word. But Reggie not being a finalist is absurd.

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