Ray Allen: Is He Really Worthy of the Basketball Hall of Fame?

September 27th, 2010 by Tom Smith Leave a reply »
Ray Allen is often assumed to be heading to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, particularly since forming the "Big Three" with NBA veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the Boston Celtics.

There have been countless references to the Celtics and their "three future Hall of Famers," but there has also been some quiet voices that question the legitimacy of Ray Allen's bid to join the hoops immortals in Springfield.

Some liken Allen to former Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings star, Mitch Richmond, one of the few players in league history with over 20,000 career points scored who is not enshrined in the Hall.

Richmond scored 20,497 points as a member of the Warriors, Kings, Washington Wizards, and Los Angeles Lakers. In his nine years with the Warriors and Kings, Richmond was considered one of the league's best pure scorers, never averaging below 21.9 points per game or shooting less than 44 percent from the field. He won Olympic Gold as a member of "Dream Team III" in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Richmond even picked up a championship ring as a bench-warmer on the 2001-02 Lakers team.

For the six seasons between 1993 a ...

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