There isn’t much debate who was the best shooting guard to play during the ’90s, or ever. That title would go to “His Airness,” Michael Jordan. But who would be considered the second best? Many, including myself, would argue that would be Mitch Richmond. I mean there is no bigger compliment than when the G.O.A.T. says “The Rock” was one of the best defenders, scorers, and trash-talkers ever. It also meant something that after Jordan retired the first time Richmond was one of the select few chosen to represent Jordan Brand in the NBA, and selected by MJ himself. He was the first in a long line of Sacramento Kings players that have been blessed with Jordan Player Exclusives.
He kicked off his career with the Golden State Warriors in adidas and one-part of Run T.M.C.. After 3 seasons a big trade sent him 2 hours eastward to the Sacramento Kings where he was the star player. During that time he changed over to wearing Nike and eventually, Jordans as well. Mitch thrived on being the man even though his team did not. It was during this time he would have many great battles with Jordan and the other elite guards of the era. After a long and tough career in Sacramento, he helped usher in another exciting time for the city when he was traded to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber. After a few seasons in Washington, he took one last run for a championship by joining the L.A. Lakers. That is where he finally became an NBA champion, although in a very sparse role for the team.
Beyond the Championship, during his Hall of Fame career, he was Rookie of the Year, 5-time All-Star and Game MVP, along with Olympic gold medalist. His tough play on defense and offense lead to him being part of the 2014 HOF class. Mitch is part owner of the Sacramento Kings and still part of basketball. Now 50, we won’t forget what Mitch brought to basketball and sneakers during his playing career.