The Hick from French Lick
Only one player capable of doing those type of numbers today....
This will be discussed on Inside the NBA at some point.
San Antonio Spurs: MCMXCIX, MMIII, MMV, MMVII, MMXIV
I Never Cried When _____ Died, But I Definitely Will When Hov Does
How Fab Melo find his way out of the league after one year
Mitch Richmond (14 years) : 21 PPG 3.5 APG 3.9 RPG 1.2 SPG 6 all star apperances
Vice Carter : (16 years, so far) 20.8 PPG 3.8 APG 5.0 RPG 1.1 SPG 8 all star apperances
Tracy McGrady (15 year career) 19.6 PPG 4.4 APG 5.6 RPG 1.2 SPG 9 all star appearances
Allen Iverson (14 years) 26.7 PPG 6.2 APG 3.7 RPG 2.2 SPG 11 All star appearances
Mitch basically played alone his years in Sacramento. He might as well have been the #1 and #2 option. Meanwhile in the West battling, Stockon and Malone, Payton and Kemp, Clyde Drexler, Cliff Robinson, and Terry Porter, Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin, David Robinson and Sean Elliot, and even teams that didn't have multiple good players still had decent talent as teams. The Kings were abysmal, that's not Mitch's fault he never got help. That's on management. That was the knock on him, really good player bad teams, I mean really bad. I'll give you Jim Les, Bill Wennington, Pete Chillcut, Lionel Simmon etc and you make the playoffs consistently with a team with a "me first" attitude. Coaches like Garry St. Jean and Eddie Jordan didn't have that winning culture. It didn't get there until Adelman got there and that's when they traded Mitch for Webber. As far as Mitch being in the HOF, his numbers are comparable to the aforementioned players so that's out the window. T-Mac never made it out the first round as a #1 option so there's that. It's further than Mitch, but doesn't make or break HOF candidacy in my book.
AI made the finals in '01, but he beat a .500 Pacer team in round 1, an old Raptor team in round 2 with prime Vince, and a young Bucks team in round 3 (the last two series that went 7) all when the east was basically declining. AI definitely deserved MVP that year despite averaging 31.1 PPG on basically averaging 11/25 shooting for all intents and purposes. One of the main reasons why he got there was because of Coach Brown. When Brown left, Iverson didn't even get past the second round.
And Andre Drummond....