Ten fun facts about Gary Payton
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He was nicknamed "The Glove" for his outstanding defensive ability.
Payton was the only point guard ever to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest of defensive players of all time.
Payton is best known for his long 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals.Fact 5
He has also played with other teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the last with whom he won a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.Fact 6
He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record he shares with fellow basketball greats Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. He was also a nine-time NBA All-Star and a nine-time All-NBA Team member.Fact 7
Payton was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 8, 2013.Fact 8
Regarded as the "NBA's reigning high scorer among point guards" in his prime, Payton is referred to as "probably as complete a guard as there ever was" by Basketball Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich.Fact 9
Payton was born in Oakland, California.Fact 10
Payton is well known for his trash-talk. His trademark open-mouth, bobbing-head style on the court (combined with his 17 years in the league) led to Payton receiving the third-most technical fouls of all time (behind Jerry Sloan and Rasheed Wallace). Go to more people facts ❯
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