The file on Mitch Richmond
The early years
Mitchell James Richmond III was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Growing up, his first love was football. Mitch didn’t play basketball until he attended Boyd Anderson High School. Before enrolling at Kansas State University, Richmond played for the Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds. He scored 1,023 points from 1984-1986, and still holds the Hounds single season record for best free throw percentage (14-14, 100%). In 1994, Richmond was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rookie of the Year
Richmond was drafted with the fifth overall pick of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 22.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in his first season with the Warriors, and won the Rookie of the Year Award.
The creation of 'Run TMC'
Under Don Nelson, Richmond thrived. He joined point guard Tim Hardaway and forward Chris Mullin as the Warriors' "big three." The chemistry between them, along with an uptempo offense, allowed the high scoring trio to outperform their opponents regularly. Hardaway, Mullin and Richmond were dubbed "Run TMC" because of their fun, exciting style of play.
Dealt to Sacramento
The Golden State Warriors traded Richmond, Les Jepsen and a second-round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings for Billy Owens on Nov. 1, 1991.
King among Kings
In his prime, Richmond quickly became the Kings leading scorer and best overall player. He was selected to his first All-Star team in the 1992-93 season. The following year, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound shooting guard made the All-NBA second team.
Nicknamed "The Rock" and "The Hammer," Richmond was even better in his fourth season with the Kings. He appeared in his third consecutive All-Star game and was named the MVP of the game on Feb. 12, 1995. Richmond helped the West defeat the East 139-112 by going 10-for-23 from the field for 23 points.
Richmond is a two-time Olympian medal winner. Prior to going pro, he played for the 1988 U.S. Men's National Basketball Team. He helped the team to win the bronze medal. In 1996, he became a member of the "Dream Team." Richmond joined a legendary roster which included Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. The "Dream Team" defeated Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996.
Forever a King
The Sacramento Kings retired Richmond’s No. 2 jersey on Dec. 5, 2003. In seven seasons with the Kings (1991-1998), Richmond averaged 23.3 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. He is the first player to have his jersey retired during the Sacramento era.
Traded to Washington
The Sacramento Kings traded Richmond and Otis Thorpe to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber on May 14, 1998. Richmond played three seasons with the Wizards (1998-2001) and averaged 17.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
Richmond signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent on July 20, 2001. In his 14th and final NBA season, his perimeter shooting ability flourished in Phil Jackson's triangle offense. Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant helped the Florida product to win his first and only NBA Championship.
2014 Hall of Fame
Richmond was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield Symphony Hall on Aug. 8, 2014. The six-time All-Star and the NBA's 27th-leading career scorer led the Kings in scoring for seven straight seasons from 1991-98. He is third in franchise history with 12,070 points, and holds the record for most 3-pointers made with 993 in Kings history.