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Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, and Bernard King among 2012 Hall of Fame candidates

Feb 24, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT


Enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a distinct honor to many in the basketball world, no matter how ridiculous and arbitrary the criteria for inclusion seem to be. With that in mind, here are the candidates for the Hall of Fame class of 2012, as announced by press conference on Friday:

  • Reggie Miller
  • Mo Cheeks
  • Don Nelson
  • Bernard King
  • Bill Fitch
  • Don Nelson
  • Hank Nichols
  • Rick Pitino
  • Jamaal Wikes
  • Ralph Sampson
  • Katrina McClain
  • All-American Red Heads

Regardless of the fate of these individual candidates, don’t let your feathers get too ruffled; we’ve all already wasted more than enough time trying to decipher the Hall’s baffling guidelines. There are plentiful examples of worthy players who were excluded for no reason whatsoever, and just as many cases in which a seemingly undeserving player was ushered in with a raised eyebrow.

But if you can find legitimacy in the somewhat inexplicable directives of Hall of Fame voters, then feel free to parse this list and display your nodding approval, insistent outrage, or overall contentment.

  1. phaden27 - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Must be nice to make the hall of fame twice eh Don?

    • connaniii - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      hahhahahahha, a little push for the man!

  2. paulyshore1 - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Reggie should be in

    • zblott - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Definitely not. He was a top-10 scorer only once (8th), rarely made the ASG, rarely made All-NBA teams (3rd team at that), and his highest MVP finish was 13th (tied with teammate Jalen Rose in 2000). A guy who hit a bunch of 3’s but wasn’t an elite scorer and did nothing else of note (poor passer, poor rebounder, poor defender) is a role player, not a HOFer.

      I wish people would look at the facts before making statements like this:

  3. sdb74 - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Reggie is a must. He belongs for sure.

  4. bushido49ers - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Reggie Miller is a Hall of Famer!

    • zblott - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Why do fans want Reggie Miller in but never mention Mark Price? Look at a comparison of the two, but keep in mind that Price’s peak was earlier in the ’90’s when there was far more talent than in the late-90’s.

      Reggie Miller
      career: 18 ppg, 3 apg, 3 rpg, 54% eFG%, 40% 3FG
      5 All Star Games from ’90-00 (4 from ’95 on)
      3rd-team All-NBA 3x
      received MVP votes in 2 seasons (finished 13th and 16th)
      top-10 stats: 8th in ppg in ’90, 5 top-9 finishes in 3FG%,

      Mark Price
      career: 15 ppg, 7 apg (2.7 A/TO ratio), 3 rpg, 53% eFG%, 40% 3FG
      4 All Star Games from ’89-94 (tougher era)
      1st-team All-NBA 1x (in ’93, over Stockton), 3rd-team All-NBA 3x
      received MVP votes in 4 seasons (7th, 8th, 9th, 10th)
      top-10 stats: 5 top-10 in apg, 3 top-6 finishes in 3FG%

      Both were obviously very good free throw shooters (90% to 89% in Price’s favor), but it looks like Price was considered a top-10 player by some measure 4 times, and Miller 0 times. Miller has more playoff moments we enjoy watching over and over, although he did have that 3-5 record in deciding Game 5/7’s, which is a bit odd considering his clutch reputation. Price and the Cavs famously ran into the Bulls buzzsaw 5 times in the playoffs, which explains his relative lack of post-season games and success. Interesting comparison that is clearly tilted toward Price – why no fans clamoring for his inclusion?

      • bushido49ers - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

        I agree and would have no problem with Mark Price in the HoF. At least he’s a baller!

      • zblott - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        I wasn’t trying to suggest Price is a HOFer (he’s not) but rather pointing out it’s kind of ridiculous that fans think Reggie is when another guard from his own era has better credentials but everyone recognizes Price doesn’t belong in the HOF. That’s the power of overplayed highlights clouding people’s understanding of greatness right there.

  5. dacapt704 - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Miller, Cheeks, King, Nellie should be locks! Shout out to “Smooth as Silk” Wilkes too

  6. dirtydavis - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Reggie is overrated… This is a weak class

  7. AlohaMrHand - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    when did Bernard King retire?Hes just NOW up for induction?

    • connaniii - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Bernard King should´ve gotten there long time ago!

  8. rajbais - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Reggie , Mo Cheeks, (because an NCAA guy can go in) Rick Pitino, (because Alex English is in) Bernard King, and Ralph Sampson.

    Just shy of enshrinement: Bill Fitch (hey, anyone can stink with the Clippers!)

  9. losangelasbasketball - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Does anybody honestly know any of those players other than reggie?

    • dacapt704 - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Anyone older than 20 should…or how about any real fan of the NBA? You know it didnt start when Jordan played

  10. tcclark - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    I’m not gonna go through the list and pick who i think should get in, but I do have an opinion on some.

    Obviously the big name is Reggie Miller. I love three point shooters and Reggie is arguably the best of the bunch (I personally pick Ray Allen), but I don’t think he did enough to get in. Reggie was a shooter and a scorer, but he only averaged more than 20 points per game in 6 of his 18 years in the NBA. He is often looked at as this amazing scorer, but even at his best he didn’t average 25 points. He didn’t bring anything in the assist or rebound department, and was not a very good defender. I liked him, and i wish we had more shooting guards like him, but I don’t think he did enough.

    I am a Sixers fan, and I may come off as biased, but Maurice Cheeks should be in there. he never put up a crazy amount of points, but he gave you 10-15 points and was a phenomenal defensive player. He is the Sixers all-time leader in assists and steals (even over Iverson), and has his number hanging in the rafters with guys like Erving, Chamberlain, Greer, Barkley, Cunningham, and Jones.

    If this was the NBA Hall of Fame, Sampson and Wilkes don’t make it in, in my opinion. But considering the NCAA careers that each of them had, they should have been in a long time ago. Sampson should get in for the fact that he won 3 Player of the Year Awards and 2 Wooden Awards. His NBA stats shouldn’t even matter. Wilkes was a 2 time all-american, and won 2 national championships and 4 NBA championships all while averaging the same amount of points as Reggie Miller, and putting up 7 boards a game as well.

    If Reggie gets in Bernard King should too. He was mostly just a scorer, but he did it better than Reggie.

  11. bigtrav425 - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    reggie and don nelsosn..thats it

    • tcclark - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      fan since 1999

  12. tcclark - Feb 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    How is Bobby Jones not even a finalist? 5 time all-star 8 time NBA all-defensive first team, 2 time ABA All Defensive First team, 1 time All Defensive 2nd team, First ever 6th man of the Year, NBA Champion, Olympic Silver medalist, 1st overall in ABA History in Field Goal Percentage (13th in NBA), All-NBA Defensive team every year of his career, and played in the playoffs every year of his career. Those are Hall Worthy accolades

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