Gary Payton is an American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.
Widely considered one of the greatest point guards of all time,
he is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, where he holds franchise records in points, assists, and steals.
He also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat.
Payton won an NBA championship with the Heat in 2006.
Payton is the first point guard to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and the only point guard winner in the award's first 39 years, until Marcus Smart was selected in 2022.
He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record he shares with Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant.