Well then you would've lost your life because Payton finished third in MVP voting.
Steve Nash WON the MVP 2 years in a row, Peja was an MVP candidate a few years back, are they a top 3 player? Your logic is flawed, because they aren't.
Gary Payton was never
a top 3 player of his generation, but that also has to do with the level of talent in the 90's. I do think players like Payton and Pippen are a bit high, but they're not that far off either.
I vote for Willis Reed