The official announcement isn't until Monday, but word has slipped out that Oakland native Gary Payton will be among those that will be elected into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
Gary Payton very excited yesterday after getting word he had been elected to the Hall of Fame. Official announcement coming Monday.— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) April 4, 2013
Payton played 17 seasons for five different teams. The majority of his career was spent running the point for the Seattle Supersonics. He also spent time with Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston and Miami.
Known as the "The Glove" for his shutdown defense, Payton finished his career with the fourth most steals in NBA (2,445). He made nine All-Star teams and was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1995-96. He ranks eighth in career assists with 8,966.
A graduate of Skyline high school in Oakland, Payton spent his college years playing at Oregon State. He was selected second overall in the 1990 NBA Draft.