Mitch Richmond: Hall of Fame?
Should Mitch Richmond make the Hall of Fame? He might sound like a borderline candidate but he has a pretty strong resume. For his career Mitch Richmond averaged 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists a game. He averaged 20 points every season for most of his career with a high point of over 25 points a game.
He finished his career with just over 20,000 points.
He didn't play in many playoff games with the Warriors, Kings, or Wizards, but he did end up on a title team in LA averaging 4 points a game. He only played 4 total minutes in that playoff run but he does have a ring.
Richmond was named an all-star 6 times and played in 5 all-star games with one All-Star Game MVP award.
Before that he was named Rookie of the Year. Over his career he was named to the All NBA 2nd team three times, and the 3rd team twice.
As a collegian he played on the 1988 Olympic team that came away with the Bronze. Then the played in the 1996 Olympics, this time taking home the gold.
On the surface, Mitch Richmond has a Hall of Fame worthy resume: An Olympic bronze medal as a collegian, and an Olympic gold medal in 1996, a Rookie of the Year award, 6 time all-star, All-Star game MVP, an NBA title, and a member of the 20,000 point club.
And he was on the cover of NBA Live '97!
gilbert arenas made a cover of a video game, body of work in a career counts much more than making a video game cover-but i'm sure you know that.
he's a lock. not many players can say they averaged over 21 points a game for their first 10 seasons. he was not the reason his w/l column wasn't great. i wouldn't blame pete maravich on that same logic either. you can debate that richmond was the best sg in the league outside of jordan for a few years. he will get in at some point.
Michael Jordan said Mitch Richmond was the man he had the hardest time guarding. That is a good enough reference for anyone’s resume applying for Hall of Fame.
If the GREATEST player of all time says you were his toughest match up defensively along with Olympic Medals, 20K point club, averaging over 20ppg, and an NBA title I would say that is Hall of Fame worthy.
Richmond was better than Mullin, so it should be a no-brainer