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Mullin Was Hosed

I have been thinking about this, trying to grasp onto logic instead of my childhood fanaticism. The more I think about it, the more I am convinved. For starters, I think every single pro member of the Dream Team (yes, I’m excluding Christian Laettner) should get an automatic induction. The fact that they were selected to the Dream Team, the significance of which increases by the season, lets you know their stature in the league.
And, quite frankly, Mullin might be the best shooter in NBA history. He shot 51 percent for his career, unbelievable for a predominantly outside shooter.
Add on top of that his stelllar collegiate and high school credentials, and the question begs: how does he not get in?
Sure, there is an argument that Mullin isn’t a first-ballot Hall of Famer. First-ballot selection is normally reserved for the elite of the elite. While Mullin was elite, does he belong with Jordan, Magic, Bird and the like?
I say yes. I say yes because of his total credentials. I say yes because he was the one of the best at the most fundamental acts of the sport. I say yes because Van Chancellor got in over Mullin.

Marcus Thompson

  • Mike W

    Loved Mully, but objectively speaking is he a Hall of Famer? 5 All Star games and one of the best pure shooters ever, but a horrible defensive player and burdened by mediocre teams. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an all-time Warrior and one of the 10 best college players ever, but my standards for NBA hall of famers is higher. I hope he gets in on the second or third ballot.

  • Marcus Thompson

    If it was an NBA Hall of Fame, you would be raising a great question. But the Basketball Hall of Fame is for the sport of basketball, not for the NBA. So you would have to take into account his entire career — which includes being “one of the 10 best college players ever” and being a two-time Olympic gold medalist (one as a member of the dream team).
    On a side note, I was just looking at the Dream Team stats. Mullin wasn’t just on the team, he was vital. He was fourth in scoring at 12.9 ppg — behind Barkley (18.0), Jordan (14.9) and Karl Malone (13.0) and ahead of Bird, Magic, Drexler and Ewing.
    Mullin was was fourth in field goal percentage (61.9), tied for fourth in total assists (29) and tied for fifth in total steals. To tell you how great of a shooter he was, Mulliln made 14 of 26 from behind the arc. Bird made 9 of 27.

  • Warrior Faithful

    Mullin’s best years were with the Warriors… and the Warriors always get snubbed; what else is new?

    Never get the foul calls, all-star spots, etc etc…

  • EJ

    any sports HOF is b.s. anyway. how are buck o’niell and pete rose not in? they were great for baseball, for the most part. it’s all for the suits to celebrate themselves.

  • Andrew Rosenblum

    I of course love Mully too, but in addition to the defensive weakness that Mike W mentioned, you’ve got the fact that he never even made it the Finals once. Jordan, Magic, and Bird have a fistful of rings among them. A guy like Barkley never won it all either, but at least he was knocking on the door, and almost got through. For similar reasons to Mullin, I think you might say Ewing and Wilkins are borderline HOF candidate — dominant players who couldn’t figure out how to win at the highest level.

  • Mc

    Hey Andrew you are wrong. Mullin made it to the finals in 99-00 with the Indiana Pacers.

  • SP

    Roy Williams in the BB HOF? Roy Williams? Chris Mullen’s accomplishments/credentials in the sport of basketball are much more impressive than Roy Willams’.

  • Andrew Rosenblum

    You’re right MC, Mullin did make it to the finals in 2000, which I should have acknowledged. However, he was only a role player on that team, averaging 5.1 ppg and about 11 Mpg. He was more like the wily veteran presence at that point, not the Hall of Famer willing his team to victory.

  • Steve

    Mullin would never make my HOF simply because, for all his stats and shooting skills, he was never a “4th quarter player”. Or in other words, in the clutch, he always disappeared. HOF BB players are very good for 3 quarters, but great in the 4th. How many times did Bird, or Jordan, or Magic take over a game in the last few minutes? As past Warrior players are concerned, Rick Barry was unequalled in the clutch. I’ll never forget his performance against Jerry Sloan, Van Leer, and Co. in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals back in ’75. He was ice cold for the first 3 quarters, but was fantastic in the 4th quarter, hitting shots and making great passes to lead the Warriors to the win, and ultimately, the NBA Championship. Any truly great player in any sport is someone who performs at a higher level than others when the game is on the line. Mullin was NEVER that kind of player. Look back at every pro game he ever played, and tell me how many times he helped pull out victories by draining late-game shots? He was a great scorer, but never a great clutch player, and that fact always stood out to me during his years with the Warriors. HOF? By my definition, no way!………P.S. Speaking of clutch, or go-to-guy, who on the present day Warriors would you like taking the game-deciding shot? As poorly as Baron Davis shoots from the perimeter on a consistent basis, he gets my vote. This year alone, he won the Houston game in Oakland and the Seattle game up north, and last night made that big shot near the end vs the Rockets. The guy I DON’T want taking a last second game-decider? Despite last year’s game winner vs Dallas, J-Rich.