Gary Payton

Gary Payton
Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007
Personal information
Born (1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 49)
Oakland, California
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolSkyline (Oakland, California)
CollegeOregon State (1986–1990)
NBA draft1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career1990–2007
PositionPoint guard
Number2, 20
Career history
19902003Seattle SuperSonics
2003Milwaukee Bucks
2003–2004Los Angeles Lakers
2004–2005Boston Celtics
20052007Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points21,813 (16.3 ppg)
Assists8,966 (6.7 apg)
Steals2,445 (1.8 spg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Gary Dwayne Payton (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. He started at the point guard position. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals. He also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the last with whom he won an NBA championship. He was nicknamed "The Glove" for his excellent defensive abilities. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8, 2013.[1]

Payton is widely considered one of the best point guards of all time and is the only point guard that has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.[2][3] He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record he shares with Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant.[4] He was also a nine-time NBA All-Star and a nine-time All-NBA Team member.

Considered the "NBA's reigning high scorer among point guards" in his prime,[5] Payton is referred to as "probably as complete a guard as there ever was"[6] by Basketball Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich.

High school and college career

Payton was born in Oakland, California. He played high school basketball at Skyline High School in Oakland, California, along with former NBA player Greg Foster, before attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. In his second year, his grades plummeted and he was declared academically ineligible. His dad encouraged him to focus on school, and he was allowed to play again. Throughout his four-year career at OSU, he became one of the most decorated basketball players in OSU history. During his senior year, Payton was featured on the March 5, 1990 cover of Sports Illustrated magazine as the nation's best college basketball player. He was a consensus All-American in 1990, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, and both the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and conference Freshman of the Year in 1987. He was the MVP of the Far West Classic tournament three times and was the Pac-10 Player of the Week nine times. He also was named to the Pac-10's All-Decade Team. At the time of his graduation, he held the school record for points, field goals, three-point field goals, assists, and steals – all of which he still holds today except for career three-point field goals. During his career at OSU, the Beavers made three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT appearance. He was elected into OSU's Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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