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Reggie Miller’s HOF Bid Hurt By Contemporary Greatness

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Today, the finalists for this year’s class of the Basketball Hall of Fame will be announced, but in his first year of eligibility, Reggie Miller, will have to wait. Miller did not make the list of finalists, a result that Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears calls, “stunning.” Unfortunately for Miller he’s been hurt by the success of a man who just passed him in the record books. Ray Allen. Allen’s career has surpassed Miller’s in virtually every category, from Points Per Game to Championships. Almost everything other than fights with Spike Lee. With the 3-point line being introduced in the ’79-80 season there are no HOFers for Reggie to be compared to, only his contemporary. To prove the point, Joe Dumars leads all HOFers with 990 3-pointers, not even 40% as many as Allen and Miller have made. Unlike someone like Dennis Rodman, who stood above all of his peers in one particular area, because of Allen, Miller cannot make that claim.

Here’s a statistical comparison of both of their careers:

Miller 1389 34.3 5.9 47.1 1.8 39.5 88.8 3 3 1.1 18.2
Allen 1076 37.1 7.1 45.2 2.4 39.8 89.3 4.3 3.6 1.2 20.4

The validity of “first ballot” Hall of Famers can be debated, but there is little doubt that Ray Allen’s success had an impact on Miller being left off.

Reggie will ultimately and deservedly be in the Hall of Fame and to remember just how deadly he could be, here’s Reggie’s Top Ten Plays:

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