Gary Payton aka, “the Glove” was most known as being one of the best defenders in the league during NBA late 1990s and early 2000s. Payton played most of career with the Seattle Super Sonics along side forward Shawn Kemp.
During the second half of the 2003-2004 NBA season he bounced around from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Lakers where he, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Karl Malone contended for the NBA Championship against the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers lost the the series 3-2.
In 2005 Payton finally found the one thing he had chased his entire NBA career when he moved on to play alongside Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal as a member of the Miami Heat during a shortened NBA lockout season. Gary Payton helped the Miami Heat overcome a 0-2 deficit to defeat a young Dirk Nowitski in the 2006 NBA finals 4-2.
Tim Hardaway was a six-time NBA All-Star and one of the NBA’s most elite point guards during the first six years of his career, he is also known as having one of the most lethal crossover dribble moves in the history of the NBA.
Tim Hardaway experienced a successful career in Golden State from 1989-1996, then he went on to play with the Miami Heat where he and Alonzo Mourning helped lead the Heat to six consecutive playoff appearances.
Hardaway recorded 5,000 points and 2,500 assists, second fastest in NBA history behind only Oscar Robertson. He is also among a short list of players to average double digit points and assists in at least two consecutive seasons.
According to the NBA officical webisite, the Class of 2013 will be announced on Monday, April 8 at a press conference in Atlanta prior to the NCAA’s Men’s Championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.