Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 1/7/13
Today the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA released the list of candidates for induction in 2013. The biggest name on the list of first-time nominees is Gary Payton. Though Payton is mostly known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, he was a member of the Boston Celtics for a short time and had a major hand in the creation of the team we see today. Payton was a nine-time All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. He won a championship late in his career with the Miami Heat in 2006. In between all that, Payton played 77 games with the Celtics. Over the summer of 2004, Payton was moved to Boston by the Lakers along with Rick Fox and a 2006 first-round draft pick for Chucky Atkins, Chris Mihm and Jumaine Jones. Despite not being a big fan of the move to Boston, Payton became the starting point guard. Then after being traded late in the season and immediately waived by the Atlanta Hawks, Payton proved a changed man and returned to the Celtics. He ...
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