HOUSTON - Former Kings guard Mitch Richmond, a six-time All-Star who enjoyed some of his most productive seasons in Sacramento, was one of 12 finalists named for the Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
The final selections will be announced in April. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a perennial All-Star during his career with the Phoenix Suns, was on the ballot for the first time but did not advance to the final pool of candidates. Neither did former Kings center Vlade Divac, also nominated for the first time.
Former Brazilian star Oscar Schmidt - known simply as the great "o-SCAR" - was a direct inductee as voted into the Hall by the International Committee. (The International Committee offers Divac the best chance of gaining admission in future years).
The Direct Electeds, as this group is called, included former NBA Deputy Commissioner Russell Granik - inducted as a contributor - who is particularly deserving of this honor. Granik spent more than 25 years as David Stern's No.2 man and was instrumental in in the creation and continued support of the WNBA.