Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 1:30 pm  |  24 responses

Gary Payton and Bernard King Headline 2013 Hall of Fame Class

As we’d expected, Gary Payton and Bernard King were elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame today. The Glove and ‘Nard lead the 2013 class. Per NBA.com: “Former scoring star Bernard King and coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis have been elected to the Hall of Fame after long waits as the Springfield, Mass., basketball museum continued its stated mission of new chances for candidates that have been overlooked in the past. Those three, along with expected inductee Gary Payton and active coach Rick Pitino, headline the Class of 2013. Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Tom Heinsohn (as a coach, after previously making it as a player) and Mitch Richmond failed to receive at least 18 votes from 24 anonymous panelists from around the NBA and college game that decide the finalists from the North American committee. In the other results announced Monday in Atlanta as part of the Final Four, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell and former star guard Dawn Staley were elected via the Women’s committee. They were the only finalists. The just-announced inductees were be enshrined Sept. 8 in Springfield with the winners announced in February from other categories: Roger Brown (ABA), Edwin B. Henderson (Early African American Pioneers), Oscar Schmidt (International), Richard Guerin (Veterans) and Russ Granik (Contributor).”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really don’t know about Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway as HOF players. i sure wasn’t a big fan of Chris Mullin making it, so it’ll be pretty tough for me to be a fan of the other two eventually getting in.

  • ChosenOne

    I agree.

    I still can’t believe that Jo Jo White still hasn’t made it though. Crazy!!

    Look at his accolades:

    7x All Star

    Finals MVP

    2 rings

    2x All NBA Second team

    Olympic Gold Medal

    #10 retired with the Celtics

    2x All American with Kentucky

    NBA All Rookie First Team
    I don’t even think he’s ever been nominated?? Insane
    A Celtic legend

  • LLC#12

    Oscar Schmidt!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yea he’s consistently overlooked. he should be in, but i think a lot of has to do with how Walt Frazier completely dominated him. His lack of assists, and frankly just the overall timing of his career.

  • ChosenOne

    Also Cedric Maxwell with the Celtics. I mean, he won a Finals MVP in 81. But, being around Bird, McHale and Parish for a large chunk of his career, he was often overlooked.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Finals MVP does not make you a hall of famer. Maxwell has not a single hall of fame level season his whole career.

  • spit hot fiyah

    was a boss

  • underdog

    Can’t wait GP’s HoF speech. I’m expecting some trash talking.

  • DaRaptor

    Mitch Richmond needs to be on there.

  • ChosenOne

    Well, his sophomore year was nice, 19, 10 and 3 on 58% shooting. Not great after that, but he will always be loved in Celtic Nation.

  • bike

    Seems like Haywood ought to be in there although his cocaine dust up at the end of his career was a terrible way to go out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that one season is not the best season for a Hall of Fame player. is my point. he didn’t have one season where you could point to it and be like, BUT LOOK HOW GOOD HE WAS AT HIS BEST!! like you could with other guys who should be in but fell apart physically,
    (Bill Walton—-> http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/waltobi01.html ).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, you’d have to make a damn good argument to convince me.


    his stats are great. GREAT.


    - he went to the playoffs only 4 times as a contributing player (1 time as a bench filler in LA)

    - he was never a very good defender (Michael Jordan’s comments were regarding defending him, not being guarded by him).
    - he never accomplished anything Hall of Fame worthy aside from an All Star Game MVP….which is a glorified exhibition game.

  • DaRaptor

    I feel like his stats are good enough though to warrant him into the hall. Other than him being a pure scorer, you’re right there’s nothing else that stands out for him.

    But I feel like averaging 20+ ppg for a career with 20,000+ career points should be a line to make it in, just like how in baseball 3,000 hits would get you in, or 1,000 points in hockey.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Craig Biggio has 3,060 hits, he just missed the cut this year. lol


    if basketball were an individual sport, i guess. but just awarding to guys because they could get buckets seems nonsensical.
    if Corey Maggette remained on crappy teams that had no other first option his whole career he’d be in the 20PPG discussion. Would you really vote Corey Maggette into the hall of fame if he spent his whole career looking like a gardner rummaging through a city dump?

  • DaRaptor

    Yeah but Biggio will eventually get in.

    And averaging 20+ppg WITH 20,000 career points is difficult and you need to be extremely talented and an extremely good player to do that.

    The only thing that comes to mind about your Maggette analogy is Antawn Jamison who will probably reach 20,000, but he’ll do so averaging less than 20ppg.

    It really is just me though, where if a player accomplishes a certain feat in their career no matter what the circumstance, then they should eventually get in the hall.

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  • The Seed

    GP, are you with me. Glad the Glove got this. If the sorry coach of his Sonics team, put GP on MJ the whole NBA Finals. MJ has one lost on his resume. Also shout out to Demetrius “Hook” Williams, best player never to make the NBA. BOOK IT!!

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I feel Chris Bosh will fall into the Mitch Richmond category HOF wise before it’s said or done.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Bosh already has a title. And already has a season better than any in Richmond’s career in 2009-10

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Yeah I get that. I just mean I think he’ll be a borderline guy that could go either way. Will most likely be close for many years and may or may not get the nod. Richmond has a title too….. of which he contribute oh so much too :)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol that’s fair

  • Ugh

    Yeah… it’s Hall Of Fame, not Hall Of Players With The Best Seasons Ever.

  • scotpeirson

    First of all, there’s many of us who have this reaction to Bernard getting into Springfield–
    But the issue about Bernard going in is that he isn’t going in because he was a great champion–only four times in his 15 years did he play in the second season. Some would say he was a better and more complete player in Oakland than he was in New York (Moreover, he was really on court for the Knicks for only three seasons because of the knee injuries).
    But no one who ever watched him play couldn’t say he didn’t leave it all out there every game. When he had his knees and would go end-to-end with the rock, it took your breath away. The wing post-ups when he’d start left, spin back right and get one of that half-hook flip away??!? And the last four minutes of a tight game??!? The only person in sports who ever had a scarier death stare was probably Dave Stewart.
    Tim Hardaway will eventually go in–after all, he weaponized the crossover, and unlike some who used it NEVER HAD TO PALM THE BALL WHEN DOING IT (Yeah, I mean you, AI). Mitch Richmond should also–he was a great, great player who got screwed by Don Nelson (Billy Owens??!? REALLY??!?).