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Gary Payton

Gary Payton was a nine-time NBA All-Star and nine-time All-Defensive First Team member. He redefined the guard position with his defense, one of the few at his position to take over games on the defensive side from the backcourt. He led the Sonics to the 1996 NBA Finals and ten years later was a member of the Miami Heat team with Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade that won the 2006 NBA title. Nicknamed The Glove for his defense, he was a lockdown, trash-talking, steal-making menace on the court. Payton was an All-America at Oregon State and even brought home two gold medals, in 1999 and 2000.

Enshrined

2013

Born

July 23, 1968 Oakland, CA

College

Oregon State

Professional Career

Boston Celtics LA Lakers Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks Seattle Supersonics

Career Stats

9x NBA ALLSTAR
2006 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP with the Miami Heat
1996 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
2x ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
9x NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE
FIRST TEAM
1990 Pac-10 Player of the Year