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Gary Payton
Gary Payton playing for the Seattle SuperSonics.
Personal information
Full name Gary Dwayne Payton Sr.
Born July 23, 1968 (1968-07-23) (age 53)
Oakland, California
Nationality Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
Career information
High school Skyline
(Oakland, California)
College Oregon State (1986–1990)
NBA Draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1990–2007 (17 years)
Position Point Guard
Jersey no. 2, 20
Career history
19902003 Seattle SuperSonics
2003 Milwaukee Bucks
2003–2004 Los Angeles Lakers
2004–2005 Boston Celtics
20052007 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (2006)
  • NBA All-Star (19941998, 20002003)
  • 2× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000)
  • 5× All-NBA Second Team (1995–1997, 1999, 2002)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1994, 2001)
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1996)
  • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1994–2002)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1991)
  • NBA steals leader (1996)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1990)
  • Pac-10 Player of the Year (1990)
  • No. 20 retired by the Oregon State Beavers
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1999)

Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American former 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. Payton won an NBA championship with the Heat in 2006. He was nicknamed "The Glove" for his defensive abilities. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8, 2013.

Payton is widely considered one of the greatest point guards of all time. He is the only point guard to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record that he shares with Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant. 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, Payton was called "probably as complete a guard as there ever was" by Basketball Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich.

See also

  • Bobbleheads - A gallery of bobbleheads featuring Gary Payton.
  • Jersey Gallery - A gallery featuring Gary Payton wearing different team jerseys.