Ten fun facts about Gary Payton

Fact 1
He was nicknamed "The Glove" for his outstanding defensive ability.

Fact 2
Payton was the only point guard ever to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Fact 3
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest of defensive players of all time.

Fact 4
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).

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Short about Gary Payton
Gary Dwayne Payton is an American former professional basketball point guard.

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