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Gary Payton

Enshrined 2013
Oakland, CA
Born: July 23, 1968

Biography

Known as “The Glove” for his lockdown defense, Gary Payton made his living in basketball getting under the skin of opponents with his quick hands, constant pressure, and proclivity for trash talk. The youngest of five children, Payton grew up playing basketball on the local courts in and around Oakland, California. At Oregon State, the scorer in him grew into a more complete player focusing his skills on stealing the ball and defending his position from baseline to baseline. At the end of his college career, Payton was the all-time leader in points, assists, and steals at Oregon State. In 1990 Payton was drafted second overall by the Seattle Supersonics where he spent the majority of his professional career. The 1996 Defensive Player of the Year also made the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine consecutive seasons cementing his status as one of the all-time great defenders in history. Payton led the Supersonics to the NBA Finals in 1996 and ten years later captured an NBA title with the Miami Heat. In between, he managed two gold medals at the Olympic Games.

Career Highlights

Nine-time NBA All Star, 1994-1998, 2000-2003
Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, 1994-2002
All-NBA First Team, 1998, 2000
Unanimous First Team All-America, 1990