Richmond was elected along with former NBA center Alonzo Mourning and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. The women’s team from Immaculata College, which won three straight national championships in the 1970s, also was chosen.
“[Richmond] had the perfect combination of size, speed, power and ability that you look for in an off-guard, and there were times that he was simply unstoppable,” said Garry St. Jean, who coached Richmond as an assistant in Golden State and as head coach with the Sacramento Kings.
Richmond, who spent the first three of his 14 NBA seasons with the Warriors, was an elite scorer who won a title in a secondary role with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001-02, his final season.
Richmond’s best years were on losing teams in Sacramento. He averaged a career-high 25.9 points for a 34-48 team in 1996-97.
“You can judge me and you can judge my game,” said Richmond, who is 37th on the NBA scoring list at 20,497 points. “I’m a Hall of Famer.”
Former Commissioner David Stern went in via the contributors committee, and former Indiana Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard was chosen by the ABA committee.
The induction ceremony is Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.