J.A. Adande makes an asburd case for Robert Horry making the Hall of Fame.
Just know this: The NBA hasn't seen a winner like Horry in three decades. John Havlicek retired in 1978, the last member of the Boston Celtics' 1960s dynasty to check out, and one of only six players in NBA history with a championship ring collection larger than Horry's seven. Of those six players — Bill Russell (11 rings), Sam Jones (10), Tom Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, Tom Sanders and Havlicek (eight each) — Sanders is the only one not in the Hall of Fame. 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.
Prior to reading this article, I had no clue that K.C. Jones had such poor career averages. While I love ex-Celtics, those numbers do not warrant admission into the Hall. There's no denying Horry has hit some big shots over the course of his career. But exactly how many are we truly talking about? 3, 4 or 5? Give the job to some ESPN intern and you probably realize the legend of Big Shot Rob is much bigger than reality. Not to mention, there's no way Horry gets into the Hall before Dennis Johnson.