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Re: God of Gloves: Gary Payton HOFer
NBA Champion: 2006
NBA Defensive Player of The Year: 1996 (only point guard ever to win the award, and only guard to win the award in the 1990s)
9-time NBA All-Star: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
First Team: 1998, 2000
Second Team: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002
Third Team: 1994, 2001
9-time All-Defensive First Team member: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999*, 2000*, 2001, 2002 (shares record for selections with Michael Jordan)
* Highest vote getter in 1999 and 2000, second highest in 1998 and 2002
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)
When Payton retired after the 2007 season, he was ranked in the all-time NBA top 10 in many categories:
21st in points (21,813)
7th in assists (8,966)
3rd in steals (2,445)
7th in minutes played (47,117)
8th in games played (1,335)
15th in overall win shares (417)
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 and Jason Kidd, Payton is one of only three 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.
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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)
2 Olympic Gold Medals with USA: 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta) and 2000 Olympic Games (Sydney).
Ranked #38 on SLAM's Top 50 NBA Players of All Time in 2009.
Ranked #10 on ESPN's Top 10 NBA Point Guards of All Time.
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. Payton and Frazier are the only two point guards to be selected to more than 5 NBA All-Defensive First Teams (9 and 7, respectively), and two of only four players who were selected to 5 or more All-Defensive teams without ever being on an All-Defensive 2nd team (Michael Jordan and Dave Debusschere are the others).
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
In a 2008 Espn.com article, Payton was named the best #2 draft pick in NBA history during the "lottery era" (1985–present), ahead of Jason Kidd
Payton, who is tied for 31st with 9 NBA All-Star game appearances, 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). Payton had the two highest single-game assist totals for NBA All-Star games in the 1990s (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.
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.
In the NBA's 100 Greatest Plays, Payton was responsible for the 4th greatest play in the "Hustle" category, passed to Kemp in the NBA's 5th greatest Alley Oop, and was also featured in the NBA's greatest steals segment.
Payton has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated six times: three times as the featured cover story (in 1990, 1994, and 1996), and three times in a secondary role.
Payton has appeared on the cover of SLAM Magazine two times – June 1998 and March 2003.
The Seattle Mayor's Office declared June 6, 2000 as "Gary Payton Day".
Payton was mentioned in JR Writer's song, I'm a Real OG, for his superb crossover dribble.
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.
In 1999, Charles Barkley called Payton "the greatest player in the world."
At the time of his graduation from Oregon State University in 1990, Payton ranked third in all-time NCAA steals the and second in all-time NCAA assists.