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Should Horry be a Hall of Famer?

After some interesting discussion regarding Horry's merits to be included in the Hall of Fame I decided to do a little digging. In the process I found evidence both for and against Horry being inducted to the Hall of Fame. Im sorry for bringing stats and facts to the discussion, I know they are not always welcome here : )

The following table was borrowed and adapted from Wikipedia.  Some of the names in the list are immediately recognized while others not so much.  Out of these players only Tom Sanders and Jim Loscutoff are not in the Hall of Fame.  Out of these guys K.C. Jones, Sanders, Loscutoff and Ramsey can probably be considered role players.  Role players in the HOF include KC Jones and Ramsey.

Rank

Rings Player Seasons played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th
1 11 Bill Russell 13 1957 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1968 1969
2 10 Sam Jones 12 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1968 1969
3
(tie)
8 Tom Heinsohn 9 1957 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
8 KC Jones 9 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
8 Tom Sanders 13 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1968 1969
8 John Havlicek 16 1963 1964 1965 1966 1968 1969 1974 1976
7
(tie)
7 Jim Loscutoff 9 1957 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
7 Frank Ramsey 9 1957 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
7 Robert Horry 15 1994 1995 2000 2001 2002 2005 2007

 

The career of KC Jones has been used before to argue for the induction of Horry to the HOF.  It is my understanding that Jones was a defensive specialist (and therefore a role player?).  The difference with him though is that he had a successful coaching career.

Another player that Horry might be compared to is Ramsey.  Ramsey's numbers are better than Horry's but I dont know exactly why he was inducted.  They are obviously not amazing numbers.  He is considereted by some to be the first "sixth man".

I think this numbers show that it is not unthinkable for Horry to make it to the HOF.  If defensive specialist can be inducted, why not fourth quarter specialists? Or winning championships specialists?  On the other hand Sanders and Loscutoff have similar or slightly better career numbers than Horry and similar amount of rings and are not inducted in the HOF, providing a precedent for Horry to be left out.

Career stats for some of these players via www.basketball-reference.com:

K.C. Jones, Tom Sanders, Jim Loscutoff, Frank Ramsey, Robert Horry

Discussion?

 

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