Category: Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

50 Years of Misawarding the Conn Smythe

The awarding of the Conn Smythe in 2015 to Duncan Keith felt like a dose of sanity, he was well deserving of it. Unfortunately, since the award’s introduction in the mid ’60s, it hasn’t always been so obvious and oftentimes the writers responsible for voting for the award have picked odd, sometimes even terrible winners. …

2015, Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Bow Down Before Alexander the Gr8

Ovechkin is now the 5th fastest to score 500 goals in NHL history. Of the others, Gretzky did it in the ’80s, Bossy mostly did it in the ’80s (and the rest of his goals were scored in the nearly equally high-flying late ’70s) and Hull and Lemieux scored most of their first 500 goals …

2015, Basketball, Hall of Fame, Sports

Does Hedo Turkoglu Belong in the Basketball Hall of Fame?

Obviously the answer is ‘no,’ but as usual, I want to have a look at his career anyway. Career 15 seasons, 8? quality (by VORP) 11,022 points, 3,971 boards, 299 blocks, 2,832 assists, 750 steals in 26,695 minutes over 997 games 26.9 MPG Per 36: 14.9P, 5,4R, .4B, 3.8A, 1S .426 FG%, .384 3P%, .784FT% …

2015, Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Does Simon Gagne Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

I missed that Gagne retired on the 15th. So here is my belated post. No, he doesn’t qualify for the Hall on points. Still writing this anyway.   Career: 14 seasons, 10 quality 291G, 310A for 601P, +129 in 822 games 82-game average: 29G, 31A for 60P, +13 3-year peak (’05-’08): 40G, 34A for 74P, …

Basketball, Hall of Fame, Sports

Does Jason Richardson Belong in the Basketball Hall of Fame?

Career 13 seasons, 11 quality 14,644 points, 2.284 assists, 995 steals, 4,245 boards, 367 blocks in 29,241 minutes over 857 games 34.1 MPG Per 36 minutes: 18P, 2.8A, 1.2S, 5.2R, .5B .438 FG%, .370 3P% (14th all-time in attempts and 16th all-time in makes), .707 FT%, .528 TS% 16.3 PER, 59.1 WS, .097 WS/48, 24.4 …

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The Annual Hockey Hall of Fame Complaint for 2015

First of all, congratulations to the deserving inductees. The problem is, as always, that the Hall of Fame inducted players who both deserve to be in it, and players who do not (or, in this case, not yet). So congratulations to Nicklas Lidstrom, a player who, I have argued elsewhere, might be the 2nd best …

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Does Shawn Marion Belong in the Basketball Hall of Fame?

Shawn Marion is retiring apparently. So, does he belong in the Hall of Fame? As usual, all data from Basketball Reference. Career: 16 seasons, 13 quality 34.5MPG 17,700 points, 10,101 boards (24th all time in defensive rebounds), 2,198 assists, 1,759 steals (19th all-time), 1,233 blocks 40,097 minutes over 1,163 games Per 36 minutes: 15.9P, 9.1R, …

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Does Kimmo Timonen Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Based on the assumption that Timonen is retiring after his Cup win, I’m asking my usual question. In this case the answer is pretty obvious, but I enjoy asking the question anyway. Career: 16 seasons, 15 quality 117G, 454A for 571P, +35 in 1108 games (6th Finn), 101.4 PS (4th Finn) 82-game average: 9G, 34A …

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Is Alex Ovechkin the Greatest Pure Goal Scorer of All Time?

A few weeks ago, Alex Ovechkin joined some elite company, he became only the fifth player in NHL history to score 30 goals per season in his first 10 seasons. More recently, he joined even more elite company, he became only the sixth player in NHL history to score 50 goals six times. Now while …

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Is Jaromir Jagr the Greatest Right Winger in Hockey History?

Usually, I try to assess the legacy of an NHL player when he retires (or some time after) but I am kind of in awe at what Jagr has accomplished (and could have accomplished) and so I cannot help myself. I want to re-ask a question I asked a few years ago, and answered with …

Basketball, Hall of Fame, Sports

Dirk Nowitzki Changed Basketball

As you may know, the other day Dirk Nowitzki becamse the only player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points, 10,000 boards, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 made 3-pointers. As others have noted, there have been good-shooting bigs before, but since the 3-point line was introduced, there has never been a player to combine size, scoring, …

Basketball, Hall of Fame, Sports

Does Steve Nash belong in the Basketball Hall of Fame?

Obviously the title of this post is redundant, as they often are when discussing the legacy of star players. Anyway, what do you say about the greatest Canadian basketball player of all time? Career: 18 seasons, 14 quality; 31.3 MPG 17,387 points, 10,335 assists (3rd all-time), 899 steals, 3,642 boards and 102 blocks in 38,069 …

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Does Evgeni Nabokov belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Nabokov retired today. And so I ask the question I always ask when a reasonably good hockey player retires (and I’m paying attention!), does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Career: 14 seasons, 12 as the starter, 2 as a backup 353W (18th all-time), 227L, 86 others, 59 shut-outs (17th) in 695 games (25th) …

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Does Ray Whitney Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Somehow I missed that Whitney retired last month. (I have realized that, in my sporadic attempts to evaluate the Hall of Fame candidacies of retiring players, I have missed tons of them – Arnott, Foote, Guiguere and numerous others – over the last few years. Ah well. They’ll find their way into the summer HOF …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Alexander Ovechkin is God, Stop Denying It

Alexander Ovechkin became the fifth player in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in his first 10 seasons in the league. Those other players: Mike Gartner: 15 straight 30-goal seasons to start his career, 1979-1994 Wayne Gretzky: 13 straight, 1979-1992 Mike Bossy: 10 straight, 1977-1987 (i.e. his whole career) Jari Kurri: 1980-1990 Now, …

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Does Martin Brodeur belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

So Brodeur officially retired at long last, after first doing everything he could do destroy his legacy, like so many athletes. And the answer to his HOF candidacy is so obvious it’s not really worth discussing. The more salient issue, I guess, is whether or not Brodeur is the greatest goalie of all-time, as I …

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Does Daniel Alfredsson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

So I am little late to this one. I meant to write this post shortly after he retired but life got in the way, and I forgot. Anyway, this one is bound to get contentious but, does Daniel Alfredsson belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Career: 17 seasons, all quality 444G (2nd Swede), 713A …

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The Annual Hockey Hall of Fame Complaint Part 1: The 2014 Inductees

The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its most recent inductees (to be honoured in the fall). I really don’t care about the “builders” category, so I will only focus on the players: Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano. Does Rob Blake Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Career: 20 seasons, …

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Does Teemu Selanne Belong in the Hall of Fame?

I’m a little late on this, and I apologize. I meant to write it right after his last game. Obviously the answer to this question is an emphatic ‘Yes’ and the real question for posterity is “Is Selanne the greatest Finnish player of all time?” (quite possibly), or perhaps it’s “Is Selanne the greatest European …

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Does Ryan Smyth Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Now that Smyth has retired, we have an interesting question to ask, does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? I say this is an interesting question because it’s easy to just say “No, absolutely not” especially, as you’ll see, when we look at his NHL numbers. Career: 19 seasons, 14 quality (by offensive …

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Does Roman Hamrlik belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Career: 20 seasons, all quality 155G, 483A for 638P in 1395 games (33rd all-time), -49; 68.5 DPS (32nd all-time). 82 game average of 9G, 29A for 38P, -3. Playoffs: 3G, 38A for 31P in 113 games, -28. 3 year peak: 2006-09 82 game average of 6G, 28A for 34P, +2 Traded once before his prime and …

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Does T-Mac Belong in the Hall of Fame?

Tracy McGrady retired the other day. Though it may seem a ridiculous question to ask whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame, I suggest we all look at the stats below before we completely write him off. Career: 30, 658 minutes played, 18,381 points, 5276 rebounds, 4161 assists, 1136 steals and 807 …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Your Guide to the Eligible Players Not Yet Admitted to the Hockey Hall of Fame Or: the Annual Hockey Hall of Fame Blog for 2013: Part 2

Months ago I wrote a post about the recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. And I planned on following up with a post of those still not selected. However, this year that post turned into an attempt to make a complete list. The result is incredibly long and has taken me ages to assemble. So …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Does Kovalchuk belong in the Hall of Fame?

Taking him at his word – and I’m not sure that’s something we should do – did Kovalchuk do enough while he was in the NHL to get into the Hall of Fame? (On that note, I swear to you part two of my annual Hall of Fame blog is in the works. It’s on …

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The Annual Hockey Hall of Fame Blog for 2013 Part 1: The Inductees

First off, congratulations to the inductees. I think all the NHL players are deserving. I remain rather confused as to why only 3 NHL players were inducted this year when one could argue there were other deserving players (cough Lindros cough). But just for shits and giggles lets go over the men who were inducted. …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Does Kiprusoff belong in the Hall of Fame?

Kiprusoff apparently retired today, semi-officially, or at least publicly. So let’s deal with the most important question around his retirement: No, not what does Calgary do now. Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? McCown: Career: 319W (23rd all-time), 213L, 71 other in 623 games, 44 shutouts, .912 save %age (19th all-time), 2.49 GAA …