One of the NBA’s most clutch performers of all-time was noticeably absent from the list of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2011 finalists.
Some would argue that the omission of Millers name from the 12 Hall of Fame finalists is one of the greatest oversights the Hall of Fame has ever known.
From NBA legends to general managers, the response to the Hall of Fame's snub of Reggie Miller was for the most part of the same reaction.
“I am shocked that Reggie Miller didn’t make the finalists list,” Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler told Sporting News. “I thought Reggie was an outstanding player. And if you look at his accomplishments, he’s a Hall of Famer. I am going to stick up for Reggie as a fellow two-guard. But the guys who did make the list – Jamaal Wilkes, Maurice Cheeks, Chris Mullin – all of those guys are very deserving.”
“I just know this, if he’s not a Hall of Fame guy, I don’t know who is,” Knicks president Donnie Walsh, who, as GM of the Pacers, drafted Miller with the 11th overall pick in the 1987 draft, told the New York Times.
I am not one of those people.
Though I believe that Miller belongs in the Hall of Fame one day, I think that the selection committee appropriately passed on first time candidate Reggie Miller.
And here are five reasons why.