Former Warriors Sarunas Marciulionis and Guy Rodgers Inducted As Direct Elects To 2014 Class
Alvin Attles To Receive Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2014 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that former Golden State Warriors guard Mitch Richmond was elected as one of the 10 members of the Class of 2014 to be honored August 7-9, 2014, during this year’s Enshrinement Ceremonies. He is joined by former Warriors Sarunas Marciulionis and Guy Rodgers, who were named as Direct Elects on February 14. In addition, Warriors legend Alvin Attles will receive the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2014 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.
“We are really excited about the tremendous representation of the Warriors in the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Class,” said Warriors Co-Executive Chairman, CEO & Governor Joe Lacob. “The four gentlemen with Warriors ties – Al Attles, Sarunas Marciulionis, Mitch Richmond and Guy Rodgers – will now join basketball immortality and we, as an organization, congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment.
“Sarunas Marciulionis and Mitch Richmond were two players who brought Warriors fans countless thrills with their high-octane style of play, while Guy Rodgers had a reputation as one of the most versatile and hard-nosed players in the game. Meanwhile, Al Attles has been a part of the Warriors organization for over five decades and it’s incredible to reflect on the imprint he has left – and continues to leave – on the organization, our fans and our community. He certainly epitomizes excellence in every sense of the word. For him to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award is a fitting tribute to a terrific person.”
The Class of 2014 also includes seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 Naismith, NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson, two-time NCAA National Championship coach Gary Williams and Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s. To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Marciulionis (International Committee) and Rodgers (Veterans Committee) join them along with fellow Direct Elects Bob Leonard (American Basketball Association Committee), Nat Clifton (Early African American Pioneers Committee) and David Stern (Contributor Director Election Committee).
Richmond, a six-time NBA-All Star, was elected into the Hall of Fame after being named a finalist for the second consecutive year. Originally selected by Golden State with the fifth overall pick of the 1988 NBA Draft, he spent the first three seasons of his career with the Warriors (1988-91), averaging 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.31 steals and 36.5 minutes in 234 games. In 14 NBA seasons with the Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, Richmond posted averages of 21.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.24 steals and 35.2 minutes in 976 games and captured an NBA Championship with the Lakers in his final season (2001-02). The Kansas State alum earned a gold medal as a member of the United States Men’s National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games after previously capturing bronze at the 1988 Olympics. Along with Hall of Famer Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, Richmond was a member of the celebrated “Run TMC” trio in his final two seasons with the Warriors and boasts the fifth highest scoring average in franchise history
“Mitch was such a talented player, an incredible scorer,” said Garry St. Jean, who coached Richmond as an assistant in Golden State and as head coach in Sacramento. “He had the perfect combination of size, speed, power and ability that you look for in an off-guard, and there were times that he was simply unstoppable. He was also a very smart player, and when he was teamed together with Mully and Timmy in Golden State it was a thing of basketball beauty.”
Marciulionis was one of the first international players to receive regular playing time in the NBA, helping lead the internationalization of the NBA in the early 1990s. Originally drafted by Golden State in the sixth round of the 1987 NBA Draft, he moved to the NBA from Lithuania in 1989. Marciulionis played four seasons (1989-93) for the Warriors, averaging 14.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 52.8 percent from the field in 227 regular season games. Over seven seasons (1989-97) in the NBA with the Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets, he posted career averages of 12.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 50.5 percent from the field in 363 regular season games. A member of the 1988 USSR National Team, Marciulionis won a Gold Medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
“Sarunas was one of the most unique players in the history of the game and he certainly had a huge impact on the growth of the sport on an International basis,” said former Warriors coach Don Nelson. “The NBA has become a global brand and Sarunas was certainly a pioneer in that regard and his Hall of Fame induction is extremely well deserved.”
Rodgers, a four-time NBA All-Star, was originally a territorial selection by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1958 NBA Draft. In eight seasons (1958-66) with the Warriors (four in both Philadelphia and San Francisco), Rodgers averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds over 587 regular season games with the franchise, earning All-Star honors three times (1962-63, 1966). A Temple University product, Rodgers played 13 seasons (1958-1970) in the NBA with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks, finishing with career averages of 11.7 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 892 regular season games, leading the NBA in assists two times (1963, 1967).
“I’m really happy that Guy Rodgers has finally been recognized for his outstanding career,” said Attles. “He was a player who could do a little bit of everything on the court, including his ability to score, pass and defend. He was a well-rounded player, a great teammate and of course was part of the original Warriors team that moved West to the Bay Area from Philadelphia in 1962. I wish he could celebrate this tremendous honor.”
Warriors Legend & Ambassador Alvin Attles becomes the 42nd winner of the Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, which was instituted by the Board Enshrinement. Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn (Class of 1964), the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee who served from 1949-64, the award honors coaches, players and contributors whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted the high school, college, professional or International game. Attles has spent more than 50 consecutive years with Golden State as a player, player-coach, coach, general manager, vice-president, consultant and ambassador.
Attles, an 11-year NBA veteran, was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in the fifth round of the 1960 NBA Draft. Spending his entire playing career with the Warriors as the franchise moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco, he finished with career averages of 8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 711 regular season games. Named player-coach of the Warriors midway through the 1969-70 season, Attles went on to coach the Warriors through the 1983 season, the longest coaching stint (13 seasons) in the franchise’s history. The North Carolina A&T graduate became the second African-American coach to win an NBA title after leading the San Francisco Warriors to their first and only West Coast NBA championship in 1975. Currently in his 54th year with the Warriors organization, Attles’s current stint with the same team represents the longest active streak in the NBA.
Other finalists for the Class of 2014 included: former Warrior and five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood and six-time AAU National Champion Coach Harley Redin.
The Class of 2014 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 8. Ticket packages to the 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony presented by NIKE and all Enshrinement Events are on sale now and available online at www.hoophall.com by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5540. Located in Springfield, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.
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