The 2013 Hall of Fame finalists were announced today and former Sacramento Kings shooting guard Mitch Richmond has made the first cut as a finalist. Other nominees with Sacramento connections (namely Vlade Divac and Kevin Johnson) did not, but will have a shot in future years.
Joining Richmond as finalists are Rick Pitino, Guy Lewis, Spencer Haywood, Jerry Tarkanian, Tim Hardaway, Gary Payton, Dawn Staley, Sylvia Hatchell, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, and Tom Heinsohn.
Five men were also directly inducted into the Hall of Fame: Edwin B. Henderson, Roger Brown, Richie Guerin, Oscar Schmidt, and Russ Granik.
We will officially find out if Richmond has made it into the Hall on April 8th.
Richmond is one of three Sacramento Kings to have their jerseys retired, along with Divac and Chris Webber.
In Sactown Royalty's 2011 Poll of the Top 50 Greatest Sacramento Kings of all time, Richmond was voted #2.
Richmond is also high atop the record books for the Sacramento Kings in several categories:
- 2nd in Games Played (517)
- 1st in Games Started (517)
- 1st in Minutes Played (19,532)
- 1st in Field Goals Made (4,230)
- 1st in Field Goal Attempts (9,338)
- 2nd in 3 Pointers Made (993)
- 2nd in 3 Pointers Attempted (2,460)
- 1st in Free Throws Made (2,617)
- 1st in Free Throws Attempted (3,088)
- 2nd in Assists (2,128)
- 2nd in Steals (670)
- 1st in Points (12,070)
- 2nd in 3P% minimum 100 makes (.404)