Chris Mullin, who spent 13 years of his 16-season NBA career as a member of the Golden State Warriors, has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced earlier today in Houston, Texas, site of the NCAA Final Four. Mullin, 47, was joined in the Class of 2011 by Dennis Rodman, Artis Gilmore, Tara VanDerveer, Teresa Edwards, Arvydas Sabonis, Herb Magee, Tom “Satch” Sanders, Tex Winter and Reece “Goose” Tatum. Official enshrinement ceremonies are scheduled for August 12, 2011, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Originally selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft (# 7 overall), Mullin spent the first 12 years of his NBA career in Golden State. A five-time NBA All-Star (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993), he averaged a career-high 26.5 points during the 1988-89 season, the first of five consecutive campaigns in which he averaged 25-plus points (a feat matched by only Wilt Chamberlain in franchise history). He currently ranks among the club’s Top-10 all-time leaders in nearly every statistical category, including games played (first at 807), steals (first at 1,360), free throw percentage (second at .862), points (fourth at 16,235), assists (fourth at 3,146) and scoring average (10th at 20.1).
Prior to re-joining the Warriors for his final NBA season in 2000-01, Mullin spent three seasons with Indiana (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00), helping the Pacers advance to the 2000 NBA Finals. He concluded his 16-year NBA career boasting career averages of 18.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 986 games.
Overall, Mullin becomes the 18th former Warriors player/coach/scout in franchise history to earn Hall of Fame honors, joining such luminaries as Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Nate Thurmond, Joe Fulks, Paul Arizin and Eddie Gottlieb.
In addition to his NBA career, Mullin was a standout at both the collegiate level and in international competition. A two-time All-American and three-time Big East Conference Player of the Year at St. John’s University, he remains the only player in the history of the Big East to earn Player of the Year honors three times. As a senior in 1985, Mullin won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top college player and helped his team to the Final Four. Additionally, Mullin was a member of the gold-medal winning USA Basketball Team Dream Team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and also won gold as a college player at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He is one of just 13 players in history to win a pair of gold medals in Olympic basketball competition.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Warriors Owner Joe Lacob
“This is a tremendous and much-deserved honor for Chris Mullin. He’s certainly one of the greatest players in the history of our franchise and this solidifies his stature as one of the true legends of the game. Chris provided Bay Area fans with many incredible performances over his 13-year tenure with the Warriors and, just as importantly, was beloved by an adoring fan base for his likability as a person off the floor. He was a player who was completely devoted to his craft and NBA fans, and Warriors fans in particular, were the beneficiaries. As an organization, we are extremely proud of Chris and his election to the Hall of Fame and congratulate him on this outstanding achievement as he prepares to join basketball immortality in Springfield.”
Warriors Legend & Former GM Alvin Attles
“I was blessed with the opportunity to watch Chris evolve as both a person and a player from the moment he arrived in the NBA until the end of his illustrious career. He was simply an incredible player and one of the greatest shooters that I have ever seen. His work ethic and desire to improve his game in every facet – shooting, passing and even defense – is what set him apart from the average athlete. After 50-plus years in this league, I know that very few players have worked harder or prepared more diligently than Chris Mullin. The fact that he will now be rewarded with the ultimate honor – enshrinement into the Hall of Fame – proves that there is no substitution for hard work. I could not think of anyone more deserving of Hall of Fame honors than Chris and I am very happy for him and his family.”
Former St. John’s Head Coach Lou Carnesecca
“This is a wonderful thing, especially for a guy who supposedly could not run and jump. Imagine if he could run and jump! Everyone at St. John’s is extremely proud of Chris and his achievements and this event – his election to the Hall of Fame – has made everyone extremely proud. If there was anyone who had a love affair with the game of basketball, it was Chris Mullin and the results were there to prove it. I know there are a lot of people around the entire country who enjoyed watching him play and a lot of people who are excited that he is now a Hall of Famer, including me.”
ESPN Analyst (Former College & NBA Teammate) Mark Jackson
“This is a well-deserved tribute to an all-time great player and person. I am extremely happy for Chris and the fact the Hall of Fame committee has recognized his accomplishments. I can tell you, unequivocally, that I would not have been able to achieve some of the things that I have in my life and my career if it were not for Chris Mullin. He’s had a huge influence in my life and I will always respect and admire him for that. On the floor, he was the hardest working player that I have ever been around in all of my years in basketball and, as we all know, his shooting exploits were simply amazing.”
Former Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson
“I’m elated for Chris and the fact that he has been recognized as a Hall of Famer. He was the heart and soul of some very good teams with the Warriors and part of an exciting time for basketball fans in the Bay Area. His accomplishments at every level – high school, college, the NBA and the Olympics – are well-documented and his resume, quite honestly, is about as well-rounded as any player when you look at his entire body of work. Chris was an incredible player, a great teammate, a tireless worker and a dream for a coach. He will certainly be remembered as one of the purest shooters in the history of the game and someone who got the maximum out of his ability due to his incredible drive, determination and desire. He was a special player and is a special person.”
Former St. John’s Player & Current Warriors Assistant Rob Werdann
“Chris Mullin was one of the reasons I attended St. John’s and, as an alumnus, I could not be happier for him. During my four years at the school, Coach Carnesecca would constantly refer to Chris and his legendary work ethic. He would tell stories to all of the players about his late-night shooting drills and how he would sneak into the gym at 11:00 p.m. or midnight and work on his shot….Over and over. Obviously, the work paid off and, in Lou's mind, he certainly had a good reference to use when trying to motivate his players to put in the extra work necessary to become a great player. I’m very happy for Chris, especially as someone who I grew up admiring as a kid and respecting as an adult. I congratulate him on this great honor."
STATS, HONORS & ACHIEVEMENTS
NBA CAREER AVERAGES
Five-time NBA All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection
One of two Warriors to average 25-plus points for five consecutive seasons (joining Wilt Chamberlain)
Concluded his career boasting a .509 field goal percentage
Ranks 65th on all-time NBA scoring list (17,911)
One of 13 players who have won two gold medals in Olympic competition (1984, 1992)
Ranks fourth on all-time Olympic scoring list (196), sixth in assists (53) and third in steals (28)
1985 College Basketball Player of the Year (John R. Wooden Award, UPI Award, U.S. Basketball Writer's Award)
Three-time Big East Conference Player of the Year (only player in Big East history)
Leading scorer in 1985 NCAA Tournament
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
1981 McDonald's High School All-American and New York's 'Mr. Basketball'
Won New York State Championship as a senior (Xaverian 1981)
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