2006 NBA Champion
1996 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Nine time All-Star
Two time All-NBA First team
Five time All-NBA Second team
Two time All-NBA Third team
Nine time All-NBA Defensive First team
Have you noticed that nearly every recent Defensive Player of the Year is either a power forward or center? It's a lot easier for them to win it since they can make the highlight blocks and usually play the best defense because of their size. In case you didn't know already, Gary Payton is a point guard and doesn't play anything near the center position. Winning the 1996 DPOY was one of the defining moments of his career before he went ring-chasing in Miami, securing the championship that had eluded him for so long.
Career Averages: 16 ppg, 7 apg, 4 rpg, and 2 spg.