Sharpshooter Mitch Richmond and big man Alonzo Mourning are headed for Springfield.
Both former players will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. The inductions will be announced on Saturday, per KHTK Sports 1140's Carmichael Dave:
NBA Hall of Fame expected to announce the Mitch Richmond and Alonzo Mourning inductions officially this Saturday.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) April 3, 2014
Richmond was one of the NBA's premier shooting guard in the 1990s, averaging 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game over his 14-year career. He won the 1988-89 NBA Rookie of the Year award as a member of the Golden State Warriors and made six All-Star teams, all with the Sacramento Kings.
Mourning, on the other hand, made his bones on the defensive end during his 15-year career. The center won two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards and made seven All-Star teams, all as a member of the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat. He averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.
Richmond and Mourning were two of five former NBA players selected as finalists for induction during 2014 All-Star Weekend, per the Hall of Fame's official website, along with Spencer Haywood, Tim Hardaway and Kevin Johnson
If former point guards Hardaway and Johnson are to make it into the Hall, it likely won't be this year.
Hardaway told Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears that he did not receive enough votes for admission:
Former NBA player Tim Hardaway tells Yahoo Sports that he didn't get inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 2, 2014
Meanwhile, USA Today's Sam Amick is reporting that Johnson also didn't make the cut:
Kevin Johnson also missed the Hall of Fame cut, I'm told.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 2, 2014
Hardaway averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds over 13 seasons, mostly for the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat. He made five All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams (first-team once, second-team three times, third-team once).
Johnson played 12 seasons, mostly for the Phoenix Suns, and averaged 17.9 points 9.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He made three All-Star teams, five All-NBA teams (second-team four times, third-team once) and won the 1988-89 Most Improved Player award. He is currently serving as the mayor of Sacramento and was integral in keeping the Kings from moving to Seattle.
Amick believes that the point guard's contributions on and off the court make him long overdue for induction:
As a player then and a politician now, he is a force to be reckoned with, a pint-sized point guard who packed serious punch and whose days of running the underdog team have only continued in his current role.
Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, a contemporary of Johnson's, also believes his former opponents should join him in the Hall, per Amick:
If all they can say about Kevin Johnson is that he had a great jumpshot and a great first step, then he wasted his opportunity. And Kevin Johnson did not waste his opportunity because he went far beyond the playing field…He's absolutely a Hall of Fame player.
But it takes more than just one or two votes to make it into the Hall of Fame. Johnson and Hardaway will have to shore up support among voters if they want to join Mourning and Richmond in Springfield.
*All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.