Gary Payton ‘The Glove’

Gary Payton is one of the best two way point guards of all time and many consider as the greatest defensive point guard of all time. A non-stop trash talker that intimidated opponents, he backed up with verbal onslaught with his on-court production as a great scorer and a lock down defender.

Payton got his nickname ‘The Glove’ during the 1993 Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns, when Payton’s cousin told him, “you’re holding Kevin Johnson like a baseball in a glove”, and the fitting nickname was born.

Payton made nine NBA All-Star teams. He won the Defensive Play of the Year in 1996, the only point guard to have ever won the award. Payton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.


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