The 'M' in 'Run-TMC' headed to Hall of Fame

The 'M' in 'Run-TMC' headed to Hall of Fame
April 7, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Mitch Richmond spent 14 years in the NBA, including his first three with the Warriors and next seven with the Kings. (AP)

In the 1988-89 season Mitch Richmond averaged 23.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game en route to taking home Rookie of the Year honors. (AP)

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Mitch Richmond on Monday became the second member of the Warriors' Run-TMC era to enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Apparently, the Warriors legends are going to the Hall in reverse order of their nicknames – or in precise order of their entrance into the NBA.

The induction of Richmond, the "M," follows that of Chris Mullin, the "C," who entered the Hall last summer. Tim Hardaway, the "T," was a finalist along with Richmond but did not make the final list.

Richmond, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, was selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 1988 draft (fifth overall) and was immediately designated a starter. The Kansas State product was voted Rookie of the Year and was the only unanimous selection to the All-Rookie first team.

In his first season with the Warriors, Richmond and Mullin were highest-scoring teammates in the league, averaging a combined 48.6 points per game.

Richmond was a six-time All-Star but was not chosen for the showcase event until 1993, one year after the Warriors dealt him to the Sacramento Kings for forward Billy Owens – a trade then-Warriors GM Don Nelson later described as the most regrettable of his career.

Richmond spent 14 years in the NBA, including his first three with the Warriors and next seven with the Kings. He finished his career as a reserve member of the 2001-02 Lakers, earning his first World Championship ring.

Richmond will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Aug. 7-9 in Springfield, Mass., where he will be joined by nine additional enshrinees, including Alonzo Mourning and former Warriors guards Guy Rodgers and Sarunas Marciulionis.