Payton , Gary
Gary Payton, also known as "the glove" because of his tight defensive play, played guard on the Skyline high school basketball team in Oakland, California before enrolling at Oregon State University. Payton was an immediate standout at guard at Oregon State University earning PAC-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 1987. Among his many collegiate honors are 1990 College Player of the Year and All-American the same year. He was selected as a three time All-PAC-10 Player and as PAC-10 Player of the Year. Payton is a member of the PAC-10 All Decade Team and led the Beavers to 3 NCAA tournament appearance to go along with one NIT appearance. By the time he finished his college career he held the school records for scoring (2,172 points), field goals, 3-point field goals, assists and steals. In 1990, he was the second pick in the NBA draft when he was selected by the Seattle Sonics. He played twelve seasons of his seventeen year career with the Sonics (1990-2003) and set numerous team records while averaging 24.2 points per game during the (1999-2000) season with Seattle. His professional career was as decorated as his college career with him winning Olympic Gold Medals in 1996 and 2000 as part of the legendary U.S. Dream Teams. In 1996, he was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team nine consecutive years (1994-2003.) Michael Jordan is the only other player to accomplish the same feat.
The dominant Payton was an NBA All-Star every year from 1994 to 2002. In 2006, Payton won his first and only NBA title with the Miami Heat. Other teams Payton played for include: Milwaukie Bucks (2003), Los Angeles Lakers (2003-2004), Boston Celtics (2004-2005.) Payton finished his spectacular NBA career with 21,813 points, 8,966 assists and 2,445 steals. He was inducted into the Oregon State Univesity Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, and the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.