NBA Inducts 10 to Hall of Fame

On Monday, April 7, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted four players, three coaches, two contributors, and one team in their club.

One of those players was Mitch Richmond, who attended Kansas State University, and played for four NBA teams in his professional career. He average 21.0 points per game, 3.9 rebounds/game, and 3.5 assists/game, playing a majority of his career for the Sacramento Kings. He was a part of the Golden State Warriors team in 1990-91 with Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin, and their trio was nicknamed “Run TMC”.

Another member of that Golden State Warriors team was inducted this year as well: Sarunas Marciulionis. He spent four of his seven seasons in the league with the Warriors and averaged 12.8 points/game. The other two players inducted were big-man Alonzo Mourning and point guard Guy Rodgers. Mourning averaged 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 16 seasons, 11 of them with the Miami Heat. He retired from the NBA in 2008. Rodgers averaged 11.7 points and 7.8 assists in 13 seasons, 8 of them with the Philadelphia and San Franicsco Warriors in the 1960s.

The three coaches that were inducted were Slick Leonard, Nolan Richardson, and Gary Williams. Leonard coached 14 seasons in the NBA, 12 of them with the Indiana Pacers. He won three ABA championships and had a career winning percentage of .518. Richardson coached 24 seasons in the NCAA, 17 of them at Arkansas. He won a title in 1994 with Arkansas, and has coached the Panamanian and Mexican National Teams in the 2000s. His career winning percentage is .711. And, last but not least, Gary Williams coached 33 seasons in the NCAA, 22 of them at Maryland, where he won a national title. His career winning percentage is .637.

The other three inductees were contributers David Stern (past NBA commissioner) and Nathaniel Clifton (2nd African-American to sign an NBA contract). He contributed to his community during and after his career, too. Finally, the Immaculata University women’s basketball team was inducted because it won three straight titles in the 1970s, when women’s basketball was just beginning to become popular.