The Dream Shake - a Houston Rockets blog: Robert Horry for the HOF (plea #3)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Robert Horry for the HOF (plea #3)

... and I didn't even have to write the article this time.

JA Adande wrote today's plea. I'm just linking to it here.

Though I think he might have lifted my "Robert Horry is the greatest winner of the modern era" tagline to finish his own column...

1 comment:

Eric said...

A few comments on the argument for Horry into the HOF...

But the fact that K.C. Jones is makes the case for Horry.

Jones averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in his nine-year career. Horry has averaged 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 16 seasons. Jones proved there's a place in the Hall for underwhelming statistics if they came on winning teams.

I don't know much about KC Jones, but what I have read is that he was a great defensive player and a championship coach. Robert Horry is neither. Comparing just their offensive numbers is misleading because KC Jones probably earned his spot in the HOF based more so on the other achievements then his offense.

There's no way the 2002 Lakers or the 2005 Spurs would have earned their championships without Horry.And those are just the series he salvaged, the times he kept his team from the brink of elimination by draining the winning 3-pointers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals and Game 5 of the NBA Finals. That doesn't include the times his shots gave his team an early series lead or eliminated an opponent.

This is where the line gets blurry. Horry is not a consistent player, but when the team really needed him, he came through. Does hitting big shots in the playoffs qualify you for the Hall of Fame??? Do once and a while clutch shots hold the same weight as a guy who consistently performs well? I don't think so and that's why I don't agree with Horry in the HOF. We only know about these shots because they came in the playoffs (due to the superstars getting him there). It's such a narrow category, "Clutch shots in the playoffs".

Maybe Horry didn't get his teams to that point, but he brought them home. If relievers like Bruce Sutter and Rollie Fingers can get into the baseball Hall of Fame, and people believe kicker Adam Vinatieri deserves a bust in Canton, there's a place for Horry in the basketball Hall.

Again apples and oranges. Kickers and relief pitchers have their distinct place and role in football and baseball. It's a position. I have yet to here an announcer call out the Starting Clutch Shooter in a basketball game.

Honestly I think Robert Horry has just been lucky and privileged to play for great championship caliber teams. Nobody would even know who the hell Robert Horry was if had played for crappy teams instead.

But...if Robert Horry was elected into the Hall of Fame I wouldn't be outraged about it.