SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- Ray Allen and Richard "Rip" Hamilton, both two-time All-Americans at the University of Connecticut and both key members of NBA Championship teams, have been listed as nominees for consideration as inductees to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Basketball Hall of Fame, based in Springfield, MA, on Thursday announced nominee lists in six separate categories for evaluation by specific sub-committees that will determine honorees to be included in the Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018. Allen and Hamilton were two of 45 players, coaches and referees nominated in the North American Committee category.
Also nominated for the second year in the Contributor category is former UConn Coach Donald "Dee" Rowe. This past September Coach Rowe was honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame, receiving the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor other than Hall of Fame enshrinement that is bestowed by the Hall of Fame.
Ray Allen---All-Time NBA Leader In Three-Point Scoring
In three collegiate seasons at Connecticut, the 6-foot-5 Allen led UConn to an overall record of 87-12, three consecutive BIG EAST Conference regular season titles, a league record-setting mark of 49-5, and three straight trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament (two Sweet 16, one Final 8). Ray Allen completed his UConn career with 1,922 points (19.0/game) and ranks No. 5 in career scoring. Ray also ranks No. 1 all-time at UConn in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 44.8% (233-520) from long range during his college career. While at UConn, Ray was also named Male Athlete of the Year by USA Basketball.
In 2001, Ray was the leading vote-getter and Honorary Captain of the 25-member UConn Men's Basketball All-Century Team that was selected through fan voting. In 2007, Ray Allen was inducted in the inaugural class of UConn Basketball's Huskies of Honor, celebrating the top stars in Connecticut's proud basketball history.
"There may not be anyone in the game of basketball who has worked at his craft any more diligently than Ray Allen," said Jim Calhoun, Ray's Hall of Fame college coach at UConn. "Ray is as talented an athlete as I've ever coached and his remarkable work ethic allowed him to continue to define and refine his superior skills as he evolved into the greatest shooter in NBA history. Ray Allen is an authentic Hall of Famer."
Following his college career, Ray Allen was the No. 5 pick in the 1996 NBA Draft and during his lengthy 18-year pro career he played six-and-a-half seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996-97 to 2002-03), four-and-a-half seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics (2002-03 to 2006-07), five seasons with the Boston Celtics (2007-08 to 2011-12), and his final two seasons with the Miami Heat (2012-13 and 2013-14).
In 2008, playing for the Boston Celtics, Ray Allen earned his first NBA Championship ring when he tied an NBA Final record with seven three-point field goals in the final game of the championship series against the Los Angeles Lakers--a 131-92 victory.
Five seasons later Ray would be a key part of a second NBA Championship when he helped the Miami Heat win the 2013 NBA title, beating San Antonio in a thrilling seven-game series.
During his pro career, Ray Allen was a 10-time NBA All-Star, completing his career having scored 24,505 points in 1,300 regular season games (18.9/game). He added 2,749 additional points in 171 career playoff games.
As a three-point shooter, Ray Allen has no peer in NBA history. He ranks No. 1 all-time in both made three-pointers (2,973) and three-pointers attempted (7,429)--an amazing 40.0% from long range. Ray also ranks No. 6 all-time in NBA career free throw percentage at .894 (4,398 of 4,920).
In addition to his college and pro basketball success, Ray Allen also won an Olympic Gold Medal as a member of the 2000 United States Men's Basketball Olympic Team that won gold in Sydney, Australia.
Rip Hamilton---NCAA Champ at UConn, NBA Champ With Pistons
Richard Hamilton has been an ultimate success story on both the collegiate and professional levels, leading UConn to the 1999 NCAA National Championship and being the leading scorer for the Detroit Pistons as they won the 2004 NBA Championship.
In three seasons at UConn, the 6-foot-6 Hamilton was the two-time Big East Conference and ECAC Player of the Year. He led UConn to two Big East regular season titles and a pair of Big East Tournament championships. He ranks No. 2 in career scoring (2,036 points) at Connecticut and is No. 1 in career points among three-year Husky players. In the 1999 NCAA Tournament, Rip averaged 24.2 ppg in six NCAA games in UConn's title run.
After his Husky playing days, Rip was named in 2001 to the UConn Men's Basketball All-Century team and in 2007 was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the UConn Men's Basketball Huskies of Honor.
In 1999, Rip Hamilton was the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft. He played his first three pro seasons with the Washington Wizards. In 2002-03 he joined the Detroit Pistons and played in Detroit for nine seasons, leading the Pistons to the NBA Championship in 2004 and earning three All-Star honors between 2006 to 2008. He played his final three NBA seasons with the Chicago Bulls (2011-2013).
During his NBA career, Rip Hamilton scored 15,708 points in 921 games during regular season play (17.1 avg.). He added 2,571 points in 130 playoff games (19.8 avg.).
In winning the 2004 NBA Championship, Rip led the Pistons in scoring in the finals, averaging 21.4 points per game as the Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
"In the modern era of basketball Rip Hamilton is probably the best mid-range shooter to have played the game in the last 20-plus years," said Calhoun. "Rip was MVP of the Final Four in leading us to our first NCAA Championship and he also won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons. Rip was constantly in motion, he could run forever, he got open, and he could score. A superb performer at both the collegiate and professional level who won the ultimate prize in both college and the NBA."
The names moving from nomination to the final 2018 Hall of Fame ballot will be announced during NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles (Feb. 16-18).
The announcement of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be made during the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four in San Antonio (April 2).
Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies for the Class of 2018 will take place in Springfield, Mass. in early September.