Reggie Miller Headlines Basketball Hall Of Fame Class of 2012
Throughout the last week, all of the hype and excitement in New Orleans has surrounded Men’s College Basketball with the 2012 Final Four. Some of the biggest names from the 2011-12 season were in town to compete for the National Championship, including National Player of the Year Anthony Davis, “overhyped” big man Jared Sullinger and Naismith Award finalist Thomas Robinson. But at 1 p.m. this afternoon, the attention briefly shifted away from tonight’s National Championship Game to announce the Class of 2012 for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
It was then that the list of inductees was made official, led by lifetime Indiana Pacer sharpshooter and current Turner Sports basketball analyst Reggie Miller. The five-time NBA All-Star is joined by longtime coach Don Nelson on the list of twelve players, coaches, teams and contributors being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
After being overshadowed by his sister Cheryl for several years, Reggie Miller eventually became one of the greatest perimeter shooters in the history of the NBA. The eleventh pick overall in the 1987 NBA Draft, he helped turn around a downtrodden franchise and made the Indiana Pacers a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference throughout the 1990’s and the early 2000’s.
Nearly a decade removed from his playing career, Miller remains in the Top 10 in NBA history for Games Played, Three-Point Field Goals Made and Free Throw Percentage. Of course, some of Reggie’s most defining moments of his career came against the New York Knicks, namely Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals.