Gary Payton

Basketball Player

Gary Dwayne Payton, also known as The Glove, is an American former professional basketball point guard. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the last with whom he won an NBA Championship.… Read More

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1968 Birth Born on July 23, 1968.


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.
1993 24 Years Old Payton's nickname of "The Glove" in reference to his defensive skills was popularized during the 1993 Western Conference Finals series against Phoenix. … Read More
1994 25 Years Old He earned his first of 9 consecutive All-NBA team selections when he was chosen to the All-NBA Third team in 1994. … Read More
He was elected into OSU's Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
1997 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He has been selected to the NBA All-Star Team nine times and was voted as a starter in 1997 and 1998.


2002 - 2003 2 More Events
2004 35 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
2005 36 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 24, 2005 Payton was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that brought former Celtic Antoine Walker back to Boston. … Read More
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.


2009 40 Years Old He was replaced with Kevin McHale for the 2009–10 season.
2010 41 Years Old In August 2010, he played in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 at Araneta Coliseum in Manila, an exhibition game which pitted NBA legends and NBA Development League players against Philippine Basketball Association stars and legends.
2013 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8, 2013. … Read More
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