56. Gary Payton
Gary Payton, also known as "The Glove," is a Hall-of-Fame point guard from Oakland, CA. Born on July 23rd, 1968, He was a four year starter for the Oregon State Beavers. As a senior in 1989-90, he scored 26 points with five rebounds and eight assists per game. The Seattle SuperSonics selected him in the first round of the draft with the second overall pick.
Payton played 12 and a half seasons with the Sonics, playing in 999 of a possible 1004 regular season contests. He tops the Sonics/Thunder all-time leaderboard in the category, also ranking first with 36,858 minutes played, 7,292 field goals, 7,384 assists, 2,107 steals, and 18,207 points scored. He also ranks highly with 917 successful three-point attempts (second), 2,706 free throws (fourth), and 4,240 rebounds, (third). He went on to join the Milwaukee Bucks (28 games), the Los Angeles Lakers (82 games), and the Boston Celtics (77 games).
Payton signed with the Heat on September 22nd, 2005 for two years and $2,316,848. 2005-06 would see him appear in 81 games, starting 25 times at point guard. He shot 42% from the field and 28.7% from three point distance in 28.5 minutes per game. He scored 7.7 points with 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists while sharing time at the position with Jason Williams. Payton finished in double figures 28 times. On December 11th, he scored a season high 21 points with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in a win over the Washington Wizards, 104-101. Three nights later, in a 100-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, he scored 20 points on eight-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and two steals. In a 111-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on December 20th, he scored 15 points with eight assists and three boards in just 27 minutes for Miami. The Heat went 52-30 through the season before winning 16 games in the playoffs against seven losses for their first NBA title. Payton played in all 23 games, scoring six points with 1.6 assists in just over a half per game for his only career NBA title.
Payton stayed on for his second season in Miami, starting at point guard 28 times. He shot 39.3% from the field and 26% from three point range in 22.1 minutes over his 68 games played. He averaged 5.3 points, three assists, and 1.9 rebounds through the campaign. He finished in double figures a dozen times, as the Heat went 35-33 with him in the rotation. On January 22nd, in a 101-83 win over the New York Knicks, he put up his last career double double, scoring 10 points with 13 assists in 42 minutes. He scored 17 points with seven assists on March 11th as the Heat defeated the Wizards, 106-104. The Heat took the Eastern Division title and a fourth seed at 44-38. Miami lost four straight to the Chicago Bulls in the opening round of the postseason. Payton played in two games over 32 minutes, going scoreless with three assists to close out his NBA career.
A legendary trash-talker and one of the best competitors in the NBA, Payton was selected for the NBA's Hall of Fame on his first look, in 2013. Since then, he worked as an analyst for Fox Sports One.
Stat Line: 149 games, 25.6 minutes, .410 field goals, .278 three-pointers, .754 free throws, 6.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 10.0 PER, 5.4 Win Shares.
Cumulative GameScore: 857.4
55. Clarence Weatherspoon
Clarence Weatherspoon was a 6'6" forward from Crawford, MS. After attending Motley High in Columbus, MS, he played
collegiately with the University of Southern Mississippi for four seasons. He averaged 18.2 points with 11.3 rebounds. As a senior he brought his scoring average up to 22.3. The Philadelphia 76ers secured him in the first round of the 1992 draft with the ninth overall pick.
Weatherspoon played five and a half seasons with the 76ers (448 games). He closed out the 1997-98 season with the Golden State Warriors (31 games). On January 24th, 1999, he signed a free agent contract to come to Miami.
In 1998-99, Weatherspoon started in three of his 49 total appearances at small forward. He scored 8.1 points on 53.4% shooting, grabbing five rebounds (team fourth) in 21.2 minutes per game. He finished in double figures 16 times on the season. On February 9th in a 108-101 loss to the Boston Celtics, he scored 13 points with 10 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. On March 11th, he racked up a season high 22 points on nine-of-10 shooting with five rebounds in an 83-73 win over the Toronto Raptors. The Heat picked up the top seed with a lockout-shortened 33-17 record. They were surprised by the eighth seeded New York Knicks in the first round of the postseason, losing the series three-games-to-two. Weatherspoon played 22 minutes per game, totaling 29 points and 21 rebounds.
1999-00 would see Weatherspoon appear 76 times off the bench, starting twice at power forward. He shot 51.3% overall playing 20.7 minutes per game with 7.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He had seven double doubles and racked up double digit points on 23 occasions. In the season opener on November 2nd, he scored 15 points with 15 rebounds and two blocks in a win over the Detroit Pistons, 128-122 in two overtimes. In an 87-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 25th, he scored 13 points with a season high 16 rebounds and two assists. The Heat posted a 52-30 record, winning the Atlantic Division and earning the second seed. After Miami swept the Pistons in three games to open the playoffs, they were knocked out in seven by the Knicks. Weatherspoon played in all 10 games, scoring a total of 64 points with 41 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.
During the 2000 offseason, the Heat traded Weatherspoon away in a three team deal that also saw Miami give up Chris Gatling and a draft pick (Brandan Haywood) and gain Brian Grant. Weatherspoon landed with the Cavs (82 games), also later playing with the Knicks (150 games) and the Houston Rockets (77 games).
Stat Line: 127 games, 20.9 minutes, .521 field goals, .767 free throws, 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks, 16.5 PER, 9.1 Win Shares
Cumulative GameScore: 887.7