Mitch Richmond Hall of Fame induction Speech + Retrospective
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On paper, Mitch Richmond doesn’t seem that “special.” He was a scorer, but only averaged over 23 points a game five times in his career. He was an All-Star, but all six of his appearances (including his MVP one in 1995) appeared with just one of his four teams. He was one of the best shooting guards in the league, but never made the All-NBA 1st team. He was a NBA champion, but only averaged four points and one rebound a game during that championship season.
He’s now a Basketball Hall of Famer and I have no ‘but this’ or ‘but that’ to say. I can come up with a hundred excuses to why the former Rookie of the Year didn’t produce more stats or win more accolades but 1/3 of Run TMC is now in the HOF so there’s no point in me trying to defend him — why bother since not many players in NBA history were able to do it.