Jul 10, 2012; Hollywood, CA, USA; Miami Heat former center Alonzo Mourning speaks at the 2012 Gatorade national athlete of the year awards ceremony at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Alonzo Mourning headlines 2014 basketball Hall of Fame inductees

 

Alonzo Mourning headlines this year’s class of inductees into the Naismith Hall of Fame, joining Gary Williams, Nolan Richardson and Mitch Richmond.

Mourning played 16 seasons in the NBA after the Charlotte Hornets took him with the second pick in the 1992 NBA draft out of Georgetown, averaging 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as one of the premier centers of his generation.

Former Maryland Terrapins head coach Gary Williams won the national title when the Terps knocked off the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2002 title game. He retired with a career record of 461-252 and made two trips to the Final Four.

Richardson led the Arkansas Razorbacks to three trips to the Final Four, including in 1994 when the Hogs defeated the Duke Blue Devils for the national title. He also has an NIT title from his time with Tulsa. He retired with a 508-206 career record.

Richmond didn’t play for many winning teams over his 14-year NBA career with half of it spent with the Sacramento Kings and as a result was one of the more overlooked players of his generation. Despite his team’s lack of success, Richmond was one of the best scorers of his generation as he averaged 21 points per game and was selected to six All-Star games.

These four join former NBA commissioner David Stern and Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis among  candidates already selected.

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