Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. is an American retired professional basketball player. He played as a point guard, He is best known for his time with the Seattle Supersonics. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest point guards of all time, Payton was a nine-time NBA-All star and a nine-time All-NBA team member.
He played college basketball for Oregon, He was a consensus All-American in 1990, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, and both the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and conference Freshman of the Year in 1987, He was also named as the Nation's best college basketball player by Sports Illustrated in 1990.
Payton was drafted second overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, He took some time to adapt to the NBA but soon established himself as one of the League's best point guards.
He was first named in an All-NBA team in 1994 and followed it up with 9 consecutive appearances in an All-NBA team and also won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1996, the first guard to win the award in 8 years, He was named in the NBA All-Defensive team for 9 consecutive seasons.
He later played for the Bucks, Lakers, Celtics and the Heat. He won his first and only NBA Championship with the Heat.