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9. Mitch Richmond

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Mitch Richmond
Mitch Richmond was a great scorer.  Period.  He used his great strength to dominate smaller players and had a great outside touch.  Part of the fame RUN TMC Warriors teams of the early 90's (with Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway) Richmond showed he could score and score and score.  A six time All-Star and 20,000 point scorer, the key to Richmond getting in is whether or not the Hall considers him a one dimensional player who wasn’t really on a winner.  After all, he only got his ring as a favor by the Lakers in his last year of action as a bench player.





The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:
2008

Position:
Shooting Guard

Played for:
Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings
Washington Wizards
Los Angeles Lakers

College:
Kansas State

Drafted:
1st Round, 5th Overall in 1988

Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA Rookie of the Year (1988-89)
NBA All Star Game MVP (1995)
NBA All Star Teams (6) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
Second Team All NBA Selection (3) (1993-94, 1994-95 & 1996-97)
Third Team All NBA Selection (2) (1995-96 & 1997-98)
Championship Rings: (1) (Los Angeles Lakers, 2001-02)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (1994-95 & 1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (5) (1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1994-95 & 1996-97)
Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goals: (3) (1993-94, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goal Percentage: (3) (1993-94, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (4) (1993-94, 1996-97, 1997-98 & 1998-99)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage (1995-96, 1997-98, 1999-2000 & 2000-01)
Top Ten Finishes: Points (6) (1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
Top Ten Finishes: Points Per Game (7) (1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97 & 1997-98)

Notable All Time Rankings:
23.  Three Point Field Goals: 1,326
38.  Points Per Game: 21.0
40.  Points: 20,497
45.  Free Throw Percentage: .850
46.  Free Throws: 4,561

Should Mitch Richmond be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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0 #1 Matt 2013-03-21 23:46
He was absolutely a great scorer, but he only made two playoff appearances with the Warriors in his prime, and got swept in his only playoff series as a King. He only played two games in the playoffs with the Lakers. Winning is part of the game, and Richmond wasn't a winner. He belongs for his scoring touch, but there are many others who deserve to get in first.
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0 #2 Gavin 2013-04-08 21:36
Matt...

First of all "he" did not only make two playoff appearances with the Warriors in his prime, the Warriors only made two playoff appearances. We're not talking about a tennis player or a golfer, we're talking about a basketball player. And he only played for the Warriors for three years. So 66% of the Warrior teams he was on went to the playoffs and one of those years he was rookie of the year at 22/6/4.
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0 #3 Gavin 2013-04-08 21:42
Also "he" did not get swept by the Sonics in 96'. Hell, neither did the Kings! They won a game in Seattle where he scored 37 points on 60% shooting! That was not a very good basketball team and Mitch was the only reason they were there and won that game. Single handedly willing his horrible team to a win over the #1 seed Sonics.

Mitch Richmond is a winner, that was on some bad teams. You can't find all that many people in the history of the game with as complete a game as Mitch had. Offense, defense, high percentage 3 point, midrange, around the rim, and FT shooter. Rebounding and assist ability for a 2.

He is a Hall Of Fame player for sure. It is a shame he isn't in already (and Gary Payton just got voted in over him).
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+1 #4 thebestone 2013-10-12 20:38
The most under-appreciat ed player in the '90s. The Warriors could have made more deep runs if TMC stayed together. He kept the Kings relevant in all those terrible teams. Never a selfish guy. It should be mentioned that he won back-to-back gold medals with Team USA ('94 FIBA World Championships & '96 Olympics).
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