Miller, Rodman highlight Hall of Fame finalists

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Dallas - Reggie Miller and Dennis Rodman are among the finalists for the 2011 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Miller spent his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, setting the all-time record for three-pointers made (2,560) and attempts (6,486). He was a five-time All-Star and member of the 1996 Gold Medal winning Team USA.

The UCLA product was the Pacers' first-round selection in 1987. He twice led the NBA in total shots made from beyond the arc (1992-93, 1996-97) and led the league in free-throw percentage on five occasions (1990-91, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2004-05). He rose to fame in the 1990's in his club's fierce rivalry with the New York Knicks, turning in several memorable playoff performances against them.

Rodman was arguably the premier small-forward rebounder of his generation, winning a record seven consecutive rebounding titles (1991-98). The controversial second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1986 was also honored eight straight times as a member of the NBA's All-Defense team.

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Rodman was a controversial presence both on and off the court despite winning five NBA titles (1988-89 with Detroit; 1996-98 with Chicago).

Joining Miller and Rodman from the North American committee are Chris Mullin -- a former member of the "Dream Team" -- as well as Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Don Nelson, Maurice Lucas, Jamaal Wilkes, Rudy Tomjanovich, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Tex Winter, Spencer Haywood, Maurice Cheeks, Ralph Sampson, Bill Fitch, referee Dick Bavetta, Rick Pitino, Joe B. Hall, Jim Valvano, George Raveling and Marty Blake.

Chet Walker is the lone Veterans committee finalist, while International committee finalists are Arvydas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis. Tara VanDerveer and Teresa Edwards will be candidates from the Women's committee.

Enshrinement festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts are scheduled for mid-August.

Mullin, a finalist for the fourth year in a row, was a five-time NBA All-Star and collegiate standout at St. John's, where he is still the all- time scoring leader and was named Big East Player of the Year an unprecedented three times. He also won Olympic gold in 1984 and played 16 NBA seasons for Golden State and Indiana, amassing 17,911 points.

On the ballot for a second straight year, Jackson spent 17 seasons in the league, primarily as a point guard with the New York Knicks. He currently ranks third on the NBA's all-time assists list (10,334), and connected on one- third of his career three-point attempts.

King spent 15 seasons in the NBA with New Jersey, Utah, Golden State, New York and Washington after an All-American career at Tennessee. He averaged 22.5 points in the NBA, was selected for the All-Star Game four times and was chosen as First-Team All-NBA twice.

Nelson, still coaching with the Golden State Warriors, was previously a finalist in 2006, 2008 and last year. He is also a three-time NBA Coach of the Year winner and is currently second in NBA coaching victories. An NBA player with the Chicago Zephyrs, Lakers and Boston Celtics, Nelson has also coached Milwaukee, the New York Knicks and Dallas.

Lucas, who passed away last month, was a swingman out of Marquette who played 14 professional seasons in the ABA and NBA. His finest season came in 1976-77 when he helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to the title by averaging 20.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

Wilkes was a member of four NBA championship teams, first in 1975 with Golden State and the Lakers in 1980, '82 and '85. After a stellar collegiate career at UCLA, where he was a member of two national championships, Wilkes won the 1975 NBA Rookie of the Year and finished his 12-year career with an average of 17.7 points per game.

Tomjanovich carved out an 11-season playing career with the Houston Rockets (1970-81), posting 17.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest, He followed up by coaching his former team for 12 seasons (1991-2003) and won back-to-back NBA titles in 1993-94.

Fitzsimmons made his mark in the coaching ranks, going behind the bench in several stints from 1970 until 1997 with Phoenix, Atlanta, Buffalo, Kansas City and San Antonio. Over 1,607 games, he finished with a record on 832-775 and was twice voted NBA coach of the year a decade apart (1979, 1989).1

Winter was the 1998 recipient of the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement award, presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame to recognize his work in coaching and as the proponent of the triangle and triple-post offense that has been the foundation for the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers teams and nine NBA championships. He compiled a 454-333 record at the collegiate level with Kansas State, Washington and Long Beach State.

Haywood was a swingman for 14 professional campaigns, 13 of those in the NBA, while Cheeks was an integral part of the Philadelphia 76ers resurgence in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Cheeks finished his 15-year pro stint with 7,392 assists.

Sampson, out of Virginia, gained fame as one of the Rockets' Twin Towers -- along with Hakeem Olajuwon -- during the club's run of success in the mid 1980s.

Fitch coached more than 2,000 games over three decades, winning an NBA crown with the Boston Celtics in 1981 and made an NBA Finals appearance in 1986 with Houston. He also coached Cleveland, the Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 70-year-old Bavetta has patrolled the sidelines since 1975 and has yet to miss a game, currently holding the all-time record for total games officiated.

Valvano led four colleges during his two-plus decades behind the bench. He most-famously led North Carolina State from 1980-90, winning an NCAA championship over heavily-favored Houston in 1983.

Walker played from 1962-76 with the 76ers franchise and the Chicago Bulls, winning a championship in 1967 while suiting up for Philadelphia.

Sabonis and Marciulionis were standouts on the Lithuanian National Team, both teaming up to help their homeland secure the Bronze medal at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.


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