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Hall of Fame nominees announced. Yes, we see you Reggie.

Nov 11, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT


It’s just the first step — and getting past the first step can lead to controversy.

The list of nominees for the 2012 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced. It’s an impressive group of people from all across the hoops spectrum (remember, the Hall of Fame is the entire sport, not just the NBA).

Reggie Miller is back and on the list. One of the greatest sharpshooters the game has ever seen and until Ray Allen passed him last season the NBA’s all-time leader in three pointers made is back. He was on this first list last season but didn’t make it to the list of finalists — which was a mistake. Go ahead and argue that Miller is not a first ballot guy or maybe that he is on the HOF bubble and just misses the cut if you want (I disagree, but there’s an argument there). However, there is no argument that he belongs in the final group, a cut he didn’t make last year.

Also on the first cut this year, is Bulls executive Jerry Kraus, who would have Phil Jackson’s vote to get in even if the two barely speak. Don Nelson, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach is on the list, as is Vlade Divac, the Yugoslavian center who was one of the first big European imports to the NBA.

The rest of the list from North American list are:

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

Plenty of worthy people on that list, which will be trimmed down to a list of finalists, then from that list the class will be chosen.

But if I were picking three it would be Miller (and I want Spike Lee to introduce him), Krause and Nelson. Not that I get to pick. In fact, this is the Hall of Fame, so don’t bet on logic.

  1. kountryking - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    I’d love to see Rutgers’ own Jimmy V. in the Hall.

  2. kandh2004 - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    I agree with you in the Jimmy V. Just a class act and one of the best speeches I ever seen. Makes me feel old seeing sine of the names of guys I watch growing up

  3. mondzy805 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    I’m a Bulls fan, but we all know that Reggie Miller is a sure fire, first ballot Hall of Famer.

    • blueintown - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:34 AM

      Amen, fellow Bulls fan. He’s an annoying chicken-fighting pest. But he belongs.

  4. zblott - Nov 12, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Reggie Miller:
    –finished in the top-10 in PPG once ever (8th in ’89-90)
    –was never a 1st- or 2nd- team All-NBA guard (because he was passed over by guys like Mitch Richmond and Rod Strickland)
    –never finished in the top-12 in MVP voting (only received votes during two seasons)
    –never received more MVP votes than a teammate (think about that)
    –played in as many All-Star Games as Chauncey Billups and Joe Johnson (5)
    –was only 3-5 in deciding Game 5’s/7’s during his playoff career
    –either didn’t make the playoffs or was bounced in Round One 11 times in his first 16 seasons
    –was a poor rebounder, passer, and defender

    Not sure what everyone’s complaining about, but Reggie is not a Hall of Famer:

    • mikeewright7 - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Reggie is a hall of famer,my guy i have total respect for what you think but i do disagree he was the best shooter in the game until my fav player ray allen broke it….

      • zblott - Nov 13, 2011 at 4:02 AM

        Great shooter who lacked great overall scoring ability plus defense, passing, etc. = role player.

        Think about this, everyone – Reggie Miller NEVER received more MVP votes than all of his teammates. In 2000 he got 1 vote (finishing 13th overall), tying him with teammate Jalen Rose. In 1998 he got 2 votes (16th overall), tying him with teammate Rik Smits. Those are all the MVP votes he ever got. Miller NEVER convinced the MVP voters that he was both a) worthy of getting votes, and b) more valuable than all his teammates. He wasn’t playing next to Hall of Famers, so that should show you how unimpressive he was when he played.

  5. poorlittlepinkus - Nov 12, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    I didn’t even know Sheryl Miller had a brother.

  6. bobthis - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    VLADE DIVAC are you kidding? I guess after they admitted Bill Walton nothing should surprise me. Memo to the NBA…there’s a recession going on. It’s in all the papers.

  7. rtindaljr - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    For the love of God! Why can’t hey put Guy V. Lewis in already. I’ll never take the hall seriously until they fix this.

  8. xli2006 - Nov 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    He’s a Hall of Famer.

  9. king9894 - Nov 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    @bobthis wtf ripping of vlade like that. Won olypic gold medal and more plus paved a path for european ball players and big centers

  10. tomtravis76 - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Berard King… I would like to see him in the Hall.

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