A very interesting article came across Deadspin today. In it, the author mentions that the unforgettable “Big Shot Rob Don’t Call Me Bob” Robert Horry will be eligible for induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2014. He then proceeds to eloquently explain why Robert Horry, with his career averages of seven points and five rebounds a game, deserves to be inducted.
Seven and five? Really?
Yes. Seven and five.
I have been pro Robert Horry Hall of Fame since he retired because A) the way all but a handful of players’ careers are measured on nothing but statistics is a ridiculous way to determine who is worthy of being inducted into the Hall, and B) looking at Horry’s career statistics means you are missing what makes him maybe one of the most impactful players outside of the Russell-era Celtics.
The man has seven championship rings, and went to the playoffs 16 times.
In a 16-year career.
As the article points out, that many championships is more than only eight other players in history. Yes, EIGHT.
Most importantly, he was not only a main contributor to all of those championship/playoff teams, he is responsible for at least two of the most memorable playoffs highlights ever.
Not seriously considering Horry for the Hall of Fame, while players like Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh seem to get automatic induction simply because they scored a lot of points for terrible to not-so-terrible teams, undermines the entire point of a Hall of Fame. The history of the NBA can not be explained properly without including Robert Horry. He deserves the recognition.
The article is definitely worth the read, and needless to say, I agree with all of it.