Alonzo Mourning has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Mitch Richmond, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. An official announcement is expected to come this weekend.
During his 15 year career in the NBA, Mourning averaged 19.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per 36 minutes with a true shooting percentage of 58.3. He was known for exceptional defense and his toughness on the court. He played against some of the greatest centers of all-time in Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal and while he might be the worst of the group, he certainly deserved to be honored along with them.
Mourning made his name early in his career with the Charlotte Hornets, but he spent most of his time with the Miami Heat. Mourning retired briefly in 2002-03 because of a kidney disease, but returned to the game in 2003-04 when he signed with the New Jersey Nets. Hey didn’t stay with the organization long, he played just 30 games over parts of two seasons, and he averaged just 15.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes while with them.
It should be noted that this is the Basketball Hall of Fame and not the NBA Hall of Fame. The only difference is that it takes into account what a player did before the NBA as well and thus it includes many players not always thought of as the NBA’s most dominant and a lot of coaches. There is no NBA Hall of Fame.