NBA Finals Game 6: Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

The Glove was fierce, as fierce as it gets at the point of attack. This is a man who both ran the offense and guarded the GOAT in the same NBA Finals. Gary Payton is one of if not the most dominant two way player to ever play his position, he also went to the NBA Finals with three different teams. I’ve always wondered how much the Championship with Miami late in his career effected his legacy, whether it boosted him above other comparable greats, or remained a footnote in a terrific career.

Payton didn’t win a ring as, “the guy” but never-the-less, a ring was on his finger when he hung up J’s. He also didn’t get his long awaited Championship until he was 37 years old, cough, Chris Paul is 30, cough. Payton quietly racked up the stats over his career, he sits fourth all time in steals, eighth in assists, and 30th in points.

The Resume:

Second Overall Pick 1990 – Seattle SuperSonics

9x All-Star

9x All-NBA

9x All-NBA Defense

Defensive Player of the Year


Hall of Fame


How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Matt Drappel and Justin Termine (31).

The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler and Marc Griffin (NR). . .

How did the other guys rank Payton: Robert Littal (32), Will Reeve (33), Jacob Noble (34), Josh Eberley (38), Justin Rowan (39), Justin Salkin (40), Shane Young (44), James Holas (47), Lang Greene (48), and Adi Joseph (50)


Payton Jordan


#40 Saturday, August 29. 


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Josh Eberley – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph –, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel –, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – /, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal –, @BSO

Shane Young –, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – /, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene –, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – /, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – / Sirius XM NBA / /, @hoopscritic


Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

#45 Kevin Durant

#44 Dominique Wilkins

#43 Chris Paul

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