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Encyclopedia > Gary Payton
Gary Payton
Gary Payton in 2005
Position Point guard
Nickname The Glove
Height ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Team Miami Heat
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born July 23, 1968 (1968-07-23) (age 38)
Flag of California Oakland, California
College Oregon State University
Draft 2nd overall, 1990
Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 1990–present
Former teams Seattle SuperSonics (1990–2003)
Milwaukee Bucks (2003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
Boston Celtics (2004–2005)
Awards 1996 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold 1996 Atlanta United States
Gold 2000 Sydney United States

Gary Dwayne Payton (born July 23, 1968, in Oakland, California) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He is best known for his 12-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Boston Celtics. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... The pound (abbreviations: lb or, sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of units of mass that formed part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_California. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Oregon State University (OSU) is a four-year research and degree-granting public university, located in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States. ... 1990 NBA Draft - 27 June 1990 - New York City, New York Derrick Coleman 1. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, United States. ... The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... USAF Major Gary E. Payton (born 20 June 1948) is an accomplished American aviator and astronaut. ... July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Payton has played point guard for most of his career. He is nicknamed "The Glove" in recognition of his tenacious defense. As the story goes, Payton's cousin called him during the 1993 Western Conference Finals series against Phoenix and told him, "you're holding Kevin Johnson like a baseball in a glove," and the nickname was born. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Kevin Maurice Johnson (born March 4, 1966 in Sacramento, California) is an American former National Basketball Association point guard who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Glove front (top) shows catching surface with baseball bat. ...

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High school and college career

Payton 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 sophomore year, his grades plummeted, so his teachers would not allow him to play. 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; three-time All-Pac-10 selection, and named the Pac-10 conference's 1987 Freshman of the Year. 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 — the only record which he still holds today. 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. Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education. ... Skyline High School is a public high school in Oakland, California, USA. Newly-appointed acting principal Heidi Green has taken over after Amy Hansen, principal for four years, resigned in August 2006 to become the principal of Lowell High School in San Francisco. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... Gregory Clinton Foster (born October 3, 1968 in Oakland, California is a retired American basketball player. ... Oregon State University (OSU) is a four-year research and degree-granting public university, located in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States. ... Corvallis (IPA: ) is a city located in central western Oregon, USA. Originally called Marysville, (possibly after early settler Mary Lloyd but now thought to be derived from French fur-trappers naming of a local paek after the Virgin Mary [1]), the legislative assembly changed the citys name to Corvallis... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (65th in leap years). ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In basketball, the term field goal is the term for any basket not made from the free throw line. ... In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally deflects and controls, catches, or bats to a teammate a pass or dribble of an offensive player. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... NIT or Nit or nit can refer to:- A common name for various types of lice eggs. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


National Basketball Association

Payton was the second overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, and spent his first 12½ seasons with the Sonics. Entering the league to star-studded expectations, Payton struggled during his first two seasons in the league, averaging 8.2 points per game during that span. However, he soon proved himself to be one of the league's top point guards, earning the first of his 8 consecutive All-NBA team selections when he was chosen to the All-NBA Third team in 1994. He was selected All-NBA First-Team in 1998 and 2000, All-NBA Second Team in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2002, and All-NBA Third Team in 1994 and 2001. He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team a record nine consecutive seasons (1994–2002), and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1996, the first guard to have won the award in 8 years. He has been selected to the NBA All-Star Team nine times and was voted as a starter in 1997 and 1998. He was a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 and 2000 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Teams. In 1996, Payton and the SuperSonics, under coach George Karl, reached the NBA Finals and lost in six games to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. In the middle of the 2002-03 season at the trade deadline, Payton was sent to the Milwaukee Bucks in a five-player deal that sent Ray Allen to Seattle. Payton played the remaining 28 games with the Bucks. As an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2003-04 season, Payton, along with Karl Malone, signed with the Los Angeles Lakers to make a run at the NBA Championship. According to his agent, he turned down a $35 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers to sign with the Lakers for the mid-level exception. In reality, the Blazers had a huge payroll at the time and could not have offered more than the same mid-level exception. Despite injuries to Malone, O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant during the regular season, the Lakers won 56 games and the Pacific Division. The Lakers then beat Houston, San Antonio, and Minnesota on the way to the Finals, where they lost to Detroit four games to one. 1990 NBA Draft - 27 June 1990 - New York City, New York Derrick Coleman 1. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, United States. ... The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951 in Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) player and current head coach of the Denver Nuggets. ... |- ! Year !! Western Champion !! Result !! Eastern Champion |- | 1970 || Los Angeles Lakers || 3–4 || New York Knicks |- | 1971 || Milwaukee Bucks || 4–0 || Baltimore Bullets |- | 1972 || Los Angeles Lakers || 4–1 || New York Knicks |- | 1973 || Los Angeles Lakers || 1–4 || New York Knicks |- | 1974 || Milwaukee Bucks || 3–4 || Boston Celtics |- | 1975 || Golden State... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2002-03 NBA season is the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Walter Ray Allen (born July 20, 1975 in Merced, California) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Seattle SuperSonics, for whom he plays shooting guard. ... The 2003-04 NBA season is the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


Prior to the 2004-05 season, the Lakers traded Payton and Rick Fox to the Boston Celtics for center Chris Mihm, small forward Jumaine Jones and point guard Chucky Atkins. While Payton expressed displeasure with the trade, he ultimately did report to Boston and began the 2004-05 season as the Celtics' starting point guard. On February 24, 2005 Payton was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that brought former Celtic Antoine Walker back to Boston. The Hawks then waived Payton immediately following the trade, and he returned a week later to Boston as a free agent. Payton started all 77 games he played for the Celtics and they won the Atlantic Division before losing in the first round to the Indiana Pacers. The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Rick Fox Ulrich Alexander (Rick) Fox (born July 24, 1969 in Toronto, Canada) is an actor and former professional basketball player. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Christopher Steven Mihm (born July 16, 1979 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. He stands 7 feet tall (213cm) and weighs 265 pounds (120kg). ... Jumaine Lanard Jones (born February 10, 1979, Cocoa, Florida) is a professional basketball player for the Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA. His position is small forward, but he plays power forward occasionally. ... Chucky Atkins (real name Kenneth Atkins) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He was undrafted following a college career at the University of South Florida, and began his pro career in 2000 with the Orlando Magic. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Antoine Walker (born August 12, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a professional basketball player with the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


On September 22, 2005, he signed a one-year $1.1 million contract with Miami, reuniting with Walker (who was acquired seven weeks earlier by the Heat), as well as former Lakers' teammate Shaquille O'Neal. Payton finally won his first NBA Championship in his sixteenth season in the league when, on June 20, 2006, the Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in game six of the 2006 NBA Finals for a four to two series victory. Payton hit two crucial shots in that series: a game-winning shot in game three that ignited the Heat's comeback in the series (after being down 0-2) and, in game five, the Heat's final field goal in a one-point victory. September 22 is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ...


On September 6, 2006, the 38-year old Payton re-signed with the defending champion Miami Heat on a one-year, $1.2 million contract. During the subsequent 2006-07 NBA season, Payton continued to climb up several NBA all-time lists: he moved from 17th to 8th in all-time NBA games played, passed John Havlicek and Robert Parish to move into 7th in all-time minutes played, and passed Hal Greer and Larry Bird to become the 21st-highest scorer in NBA history. September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... John J. Havlicek (born April 8, 1940 in Martins Ferry, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles, half of them coming in his first four seasons. ... Robert Lee Parish (born August 30, 1953 ) in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired American basketball center. ... Harold Everett Greer (born June 26, 1936 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ...


Reputation

Payton has been one of the most talked-about players in the league throughout much of his career. His reputation has been one of constant speculation, controversy and interest, and many (often contradictory) opinions have been formed about the player over the years.


Personality

Payton is well-known for his trash-talk, and is often considered one of the greatest trash-talkers in NBA history. His trademark open-mouth, bobbing-head style on the court has led to Payton receiving the second-most technical fouls of all time. This, along with other factors, earned Payton a reputation as a difficult, volatile, and somewhat egotistical presence in the locker room, which was further fueled by various fines and suspensions handed out to him by team management during Payton's last few years in Seattle. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In basketball, a technical foul is an infraction of the rules usually concerning unsportsmanlike non-contact behavior. ...


However, Payton became much less volatile in his later years, and many players, including Shaquille O'Neal and Antoine Walker, have greatly enjoyed playing with Payton. In Los Angeles, Boston, and Miami, he was recognized as a psychological leader and mentor for many of the younger players. Many view his trash talking not as unsportsmanlike conduct, but as an extension of his natural competitiveness (it was once commented that he cannot stand losing a game of pool or darts in the locker room any more than he could on the basketball court). Of his trash talking, Payton has stated "I never take it too far...I just try to talk and get their mind off the game, and turn their attention on me", adding that "sometimes I get accused of trash talking even though I'm not...[referees and spectators] immediately figure you're trash talking. But I could be talking to a guy about what's going on or asking about his family." [1] One of Payton's major beliefs is that "mental toughness" is as much a part of the game as on-court play. In addition, All-Star point guard Jason Kidd has referred to Payton as a "mentor" for the way he treated Kidd growing up in the same neighborhood of Oakland. [2] Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Antoine Walker (born August 12, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a professional basketball player with the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California) is an American All-Star professional basketball player in the NBA. After earlier tours with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, he is currently the New Jersey Nets starting point guard and captain. ...


Payton is also known for his large, colorful personality. He has appeared in many movies and television shows, and in 2001, gave a humorous, televised "motivational speech" to his team during the NBA All-Star Game.[3] In 2007, following some degrading comments about Payton's hometown of Oakland by the ever-controversial Charles Barkley, Payton took it upon himself to humorously go around Oakland with a video camera and get some of the locals' opinions on the character and comments of "Sir Charles", as well as providing some of his own. The segment was later televised on Inside the NBA during their coverage of the 2007 NBA Playoffs.[4] The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Inside the NBA is the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts. ... 2007 NBA Playoffs logo The 2007 NBA Playoffs is the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ...


Playing style

Payton's on the court playing style has been one area where few have questioned his fortitude. His all-time rankings for points (21st) and assists (6th) highlight the tremendous offensive contributions he made throughout his career, but he is most widely recognized for his intangible defensive contributions. He is the only guard to have won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award since Michael Jordan in 1988, and he, Scottie Pippen, and Tim Duncan share the record for most career NBA All-Defensive First Team selections, with 9. He is currently third all-time in career steals. Payton is also considered one of the best defensive opponents of Michael Jordan [5], and was assigned to play defense as a shooting guard in order to defend Jordan during the 1996 NBA finals. During this series, Payton and his Sonics held Jordan's Bulls to the Bulls' lowest-scoring quarter in the NBA finals in Bulls history. A strong all-around player, Payton also ranks fifth all-time among guards in defensive rebounds, 12th in offensive rebounds, and 10th in total rebounds for a guard. Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[2] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


Many attribute his greatness to the tremendous work ethic and courage he displayed throughout his career. In 16 seasons, Payton has missed only 11 games, and at one point held the longest active streak for consecutive games played, with over 300. Of those games he did miss, many were due to suspensions or coaches' decisions, as Payton was highly capable (and highly willing) of playing through injury, even starting games wearing bandages across his abdomen or lower back in the 1999 and 2000 NBA seasons[citation needed]. The hard working and well-conditioned Karl Malone was the only player to log more minutes of playing time than Payton in the 1990s, and since the 1990-91 season when Payton joined the league, no player has logged more total minutes (as of the end of the 2005-06 season). Sports Illustrated labeled Payton's 2003-04 season as the best season ever by a point guard aged 35 or older, and Payton has continued to play at a high level even as he advances in age. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In his later years, Payton has gained recognition as a clutch performer, hitting several key shots during the Miami Heat's 2006 championship run.


Charity and community involvement

Payton has made numerous well-regarded contributions of both time and money to the community.[6] He set up The Gary Payton Foundation [7] in 1996 to provide safe places for recreational activity, and to help underprivileged youth in his hometown of Oakland stay in school. He hosts an annual charity basketball game as part of his foundation. Payton and his wife, Monique, have been active in fundraising endeavors for HIV awareness, and Payton has lent many hours and provided tremendous financial support to the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Payton has also donated Miami Heat tickets to underprivileged children. For Christmas, 2005, he gave 60 children $100 Toys-R-Us shopping sprees as part of the Voices For Children program. In 1999 he wrote an autobiographical children's book entitled Confidence Counts as part of the "Positively for Kids" series, illustrating the importance of confidence through events in his own life. Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ...


Awards/accomplishments

NBA highlights

  • NBA Championship: 2006 (Miami Heat)
  • 9-time NBA All-Star: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • 9-time All-NBA:
  • First Team: 1998, 2000
  • Second Team: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002
  • Third Team: 1994, 2001
  • 9-time All-Defensive First Team member: 1994–2002 (shares record for selections)[1]
  • NBA Defensive Player of The Year: 1996 (only guard to win the award in the 1990's)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 1991
  • Led NBA in Assists: 1999-2000 (732)
  • Led NBA in Steals: 1995-96 (231)
  • Led NBA in Three-Pointers Made: 1999-2000 (177)

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NBA milestones

  • In NBA history (as of 18th April 2007):
  • ranks 21st in points (21,813) - passed Larry Bird (21,791) on March 26, 2007
  • ranks 6th in assists (8,966)
  • ranks 3rd in steals (2,445)
  • ranks 7th in minutes (47,117)
  • ranks 8th in games (1335)
  • Only player in NBA history to accumulate 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 8,000 assists and 2,000 steals in a career
  • Along with John Stockton, Payton is one of only two players to compile 8,000 assists and 2,000 steals in his career
  • Between 1990-91 and 2005-06, Payton was first in the league in total minutes played, games played, and steals, was second in total assists (behind John Stockton), and was third in points (Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal). During this span, Payton also led all guards in offensive rebounds.
  • Seattle SuperSonics Records
  • ranks 1st all-time in points (18,207), assists (7,384), steals (2,107), games played (999), minutes played (36,858), field goals made (7,292), field goals attempted (15,562), three pointers attempted (2,855) and triple-doubles (14)
  • ranks 2nd in free throws attempted (3,726) and three pointers made (917)
  • ranks 3rd in total rebounds (4,240), free throws made (2,706) and defensive rebounds (3,043)

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Other

  • 2 Olympic Gold Medals with USA: 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta) and 2000 Olympic Games (Sydney).
  • Ranked #47 on SLAM's Top 75 NBA Players of All Time in 2003.
  • Ranked #10 on ESPN's Top 10 NBA Point Guards of All Time. [8]
    • In a 2006 poll of 86,000 ESPN.com readers who were asked to rank the ESPN top 10 on various aspects of the game, Payton was considered "best defender" by 48.1% of respondents. Walt "Clyde" Frazier was second, with 11.8% of the vote.
  • In 2005, Payton was #1 on the list of best college point guards of the past 15 years by a reporter for College Hoops Net [9]
  • Payton has been a solid performer in All-Star games, leading his team in assists three times (1995, 1997 and 1998), and in points once (1996). In the 1990's, Payton had the two highest single-game assist totals for NBA All-Star games (15 in 1995, and 13 in 1998). He is currently #6 all-time in All-Star game assists and is #10 in All-Star game steals. He is also tied for #1 in All-Star game free throw percentage, having never missed a free throw in any of his 8 attempts. Payton was runner-up to Mitch Richmond for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game MVP award.[10]
  • In 2006, in commemoration of the NBA's 60th anniversary, TNT selected Payton among the "Next 10" players to be added to the list of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, essentially recognizing Payton as one of the 60 Greatest Players in NBA History.
  • Payton has appeared on the cover of SLAM Magazine two times - June 1998 and March 2003.
  • He has had two streaks of 350+ consecutive games played. Payton played 354 consecutive games between January 16, 1992 and March 13, 1996. Five days later, Payton began his second iron-man streak playing in 356 consecutive games between March 18, 1996 and Jan. 17, 2001.[11]

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Statistics

SEASON TEAM GP GS MPG SPG BPG RPG APG PPG
'90-91 Seattle 82 82 27.4 2.01 0.18 3.0 6.4 7.2
'91-92 Seattle 81 79 31.5 1.81 0.26 3.6 6.2 9.4
'92-93 Seattle 82 78 31.1 2.16 0.26 3.4 4.9 13.5
'93-94 Seattle 82 82 35.1 2.29 0.23 3.3 6.0 16.5
'94-95 Seattle 82 82 36.8 2.49 0.16 3.4 7.1 20.6
'95-96 Seattle 81 81 39.0 2.85 0.23 4.2 7.5 19.3
'96-97 Seattle 82 82 39.2 2.40 0.16 4.6 7.1 21.8
'97-98 Seattle 82 82 38.4 2.26 0.22 4.6 8.3 19.2
'98-99 Seattle 50 50 40.2 2.18 0.24 4.9 8.7 21.7
'99-00 Seattle 82 82 41.8 1.87 0.22 6.5 8.9 24.2
'00-01 Seattle 79 79 41.1 1.61 0.33 4.6 8.1 23.1
'01-02 Seattle 82 82 40.3 1.60 0.32 4.8 9.0 22.1
'02-03 Sea/Mil 80 80 40.1 1.66 0.25 4.2 8.3 20.4
'03-04 LA Lakers 82 82 34.5 1.17 0.23 4.2 5.5 14.6
'04-05 Boston 77 77 33.0 1.14 0.16 3.1 6.1 11.3
'05-06 Miami 81 25 28.5 0.88 0.12 2.9 3.2 7.7
'06-07 Miami 68 28 22.1 0.6 0.0 1.9 3.0 5.3

Appearances in popular culture

  • Together with Evander Holyfield, Payton was one of the subjects of a humorous ad for his Nike Air Zoom GP shoes, part of Nike's budding Alpha Project. In this unlikely pairing, Payton fights the boxer armed with nothing but a basketball. But because Payton wears the Air Zoom GP, he is so quick that he dodges every blow, until Holyfield is so tired that he is knocked out by a light touch of Payton's ball. In the follow-up ad, Payton and Holyfield have a re-match with Payton looking smug... until he realizes the boxer is also wearing the Air Zoom GP. Holyfield KOs Payton with one punch.
  • Payton was also one of the members of Nike's Fun Police, a series of commercials starring NBA players who traveled to different neighborhoods making sure kids were having fun.
  • Payton is mentioned in the lyrics of the B-Legit song 'Gotta Buy Dope From Us'.[12]
  • Payton had a minor role in a 1999 movie called The Breaks, about a white person who was raised in an African-American neighborhood.[13] Payton plays a prisoner who tests the protagonist's knowledge of various subjects of African American interest.
  • He has acted in the movies Eddie (1996) as "Rumeal Smith", and White Men Can't Jump (1992) as an unidentified street baller. He has also appeared as himself in 14 television shows or movies. [14]

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Trivia

  • As a child, Payton's favorite player was former NBA/ABA star George "The Iceman" Gervin. Payton once remarked that he looked up to Gervin because "he was just so saucy."
  • Payton considers John Stockton the best point guard of all time.
  • Born, raised, and currently residing in the Bay Area, Payton is a reputed hip-hop fan and has had befriended many of the area's rappers.[citation needed]

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References

  1. ^ All-Defense Selections by Player, basketball-reference.com, accessed May 7, 2007.

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External links

  • AventuraUSA.com's Gary Payton Feature Story
  • NBA.com Profile – Gary Payton
  • Gary Payton Statistics and All-Time Rankings
1996 Olympic Champions Men's BasketballUnited States
Charles Barkley | Penny Hardaway | Grant Hill | Karl Malone | Reggie Miller | Hakeem Olajuwon
Shaquille O'Neal | Gary Payton | Scottie Pippen | Mitch Richmond | David Robinson | John Stockton
Coach: Lenny Wilkins
2000 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball
Shareef Abdur-Rahim | Ray Allen | Vin Baker | Vince Carter | Kevin Garnett | Tim Hardaway | Allan Houston | Jason Kidd | Antonio McDyess | Alonzo Mourning | Gary Payton | Steve Smith
Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich

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Payton was the second overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, and spent his first 12½ seasons with the Sonics.
Payton is well-known for his trash-talk, being known as one of the greatest trash-talkers in NBA history.
Payton is also considered one of the best defensive opponents of Michael Jordan [3], and was assigned to play defense as a shooting guard in order to defend Jordan during the 1996 NBA finals.
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In August 2006, Gary served as a co-leader of a Young Adult Travel Study Seminar to Russia called "Terrorism in the World Today: the Response of the Church and State." The seminar was sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Interchurch Partnership in St. Petersburg.
In his role as a regional liaison, Gary serves as a "bridge" between partner churches and other mission co-workers in the region and all those pieces of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engaged in mission in the four countries: individuals, congregations, presbyteries, synods, the General Assembly Council staff, and mission support groups.
Gary was an active participant in the working group that produced the 1998 General Assembly “Resolution on Just Peacemaking” and the subsequent Ecumenical Consultation on Just Peacemaking at the 1999 General Assembly.
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