Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman and Maurice Cheeks are among this year’s 12 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Three-point shooter Reggie Miller was eliminated from contention in his first year on the ballot.
Players Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes, and coaches Dick Motta, Tex Winter and Herb Magee are among other finalists, the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Hall said today in a news release.
Women’s Committee nominees are four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards and Stanford University coach Tara VanDerveer.
Long-time referee Hank Nichols also was named a finalist, as was Alvin Attles, who has been with the Golden State Warriors for 50 years as a player, player-coach, coach, general manager, vice president and consultant.
Mullin, a five-time National Basketball Association All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, had 17,911 points, 4,034 rebounds and 3,450 assists during a 17-year career for the Warriors and Indiana Pacers before retiring in 2001.
Mullin was a finalist for the Hall last year, as were Winter and Wilkes. Winter coached in college and the pros from 1947 to 2006, taking part in nine NBA championships, while Wilkes was an NBA Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star, scoring 14,644 points in 12 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Warriors.
Rodman twice was chosen the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year and seven times made the NBA’s All-Defensive first team. He also won five championships, three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the Detroit Pistons.
Cheeks, a four-time All-Star, helped the Philadelphia 76ers to a title during the 1982-83 season. He was selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team four times, is fifth on the career list with 2,310 steals and 10th with 7,392 assists. Cheeks has also had coaching stints with the 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers.
Sampson, a 7-foot-4 center who played at the University of Virginia, was named college basketball’s National Player of the Year three times. He was NBA Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star.
Motta had a career 935-1,017 NBA coaching record, leading the Washington Bullets to the 1978 title. Magee, the coach at Division II Philadelphia University, is the career leader for wins at the same institution for any level of college basketball. He has won 921 games in 44 seasons at the school.
Miller, a five-time All-Star, wasn’t chosen as a finalist after hitting 2,560 3-pointers during his 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers. He held the career 3-point record until being passed by the Boston Celtics’ Ray Allen last week.
The 2011 class will be announced April 4 in Houston prior to men’s college basketball’s championship game.