Reggie Miller, Ralph Sampson among 2012 Hall of Fame inductees
Reggie Miller, Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes headline the 2012 Naismith Hall of Fame inductees that were announced Monday.
Also inducted: Lidia Alexeyeva, Don Barksdale, Mel Daniels, Chet Walker, Phil Knight, Don Nelson, Hank Nichols, Katrina McClain and The All American Redheads.
Miller, who is now second all-time in 3-pointers made behind Ray Allen, is obviously an extremely deserving inductee. Miller didn't get in last season as a first ballot player (and wasn't even a finalist somehow), but was elected in his second go around. Miller, who retired in 2005, is known as one of the most clutch players in NBA history, killing teams with big shots late in games. Over his 18-year NBA career, all with the Pacers, Miller built quite the reputation for being a trash talker and big shot maker.
Sampson, a 7-foot-4 monster who only played nine seasons in the NBA, 15.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. One of the most dominant college players of all time, Sampson had his NBA career cut short by injuries. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 1983 and lived up to expectation winning Rookie of the Year, but a list of knee surgeries stopped what would've been a wonderful NBA career.
As a lifelong Pacers fan, all I can say is "Boom baby!". Awesome to see Reggie in the hall