The former basketball player who played defence for Seattle Supersonics for 13 years is said to be worth an estimated $130 million. He has over 145k followers on Twitter while Facebook sees him with a total of 171,000 followers.

Early Life

Gary was born on July 23, 1968, in Oakland, California. He completed his education at Oregon State University. He has been given nicknames such as ‘The Glove’ and ‘Trash Talk’ while he played for his feuds on the court. He married Monique in 1997 and has four kids.

Earnings included in his net worth

His Basketball career

Gary played basketball during his high school and college days. He was a very famous defence at Oregon University.

  • His debut was in 1990 when the Seattle Supersonics selected him. He played with them for 13 years until 2003. His annual salary with them was $1.6 million while his contract was worth $13.5 million. His yearly salary increased in 1996 to $10 million as he signed another contract with the Seattle Supersonics worth $80 million.
  • He has won NBA all-star 9 times.

After exiting Seattle, Gary played for other teams until 2007.

  • Milwaukee Bucks in 2003
  • Los Angeles Lakers from 2003-2004 on a contract worth $10.3 million and with a salary of $4.9 million annually.
  • Boston Celtics from 2004-2005 on a contract of $1.1 million
  • Miami Heat from 2005-2007. Miami Heat won the NBA title in 2006. He received an annual salary of $1.1 million from Miami Heat.

He was on the Olympic team representing the US twice in the year 1996 and 2000.

After Basketball

  • After retiring, Gary worked for the NBA TV as an analyst
  • He also appeared in a few movies like ‘Like Mike’ in 2002, ‘Sonicsgate’ in 2009, ‘Hood Hoops’ in 2005 and 1999’s comedy film The Breaks’
  • Gary appeared on ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’ and ‘Onion SportsDome’
  • In 1998, he hosted a radio show on KUBE 93.5

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Property

  • Gary owns a home in Danville, California and visits this home during offseason
  • He held a home in Bellevue, Washington worth $4.7 million that had features such as basketball court and game room.

Vehicle collection

  • Gary owns a yacht
  • A Chevy Camaro

Endorsements and ventures

  • In 1990, Gary did many Nike commercials such as ‘Eddie’ and ‘White Men can’t jump’.
  • He endorsed Nike’s ‘Air Maestro’ shoes and the ‘Air Much Uptempo’ and also inspired Nike to make shoes that he endorsed known as ‘Nike Zoom Flight 98’.
  • Gary Payton has also invested in the company GameOn in 2016.
  • He also signed an agreement with Wingstop to open three restaurants of its franchise in Southern California.

Books

Gary Payton has written the book ‘Confidence counts’ which got published in 1999. It is considered to be a good book that describes his childhood and how his life turned around. It is a good motivation for the readers.

Social Work

  • Gary Payton has his foundation that helps support charities that benefit poor people and children.
  • When Gary was a layer at Seattle Supersonics, his foundation took children who have cancer for a trip to FAO Schwarz to shop for $100 each.
  • In 2005, they also donated $11,000 towards charities.
  • Gary also hosted Basketball camps that have helped many children come out of their shells.
  • In 2001, he donated $100,000 to help renovate the gym of EOYDC (East Oakland Youth Development Center)
  • He has given tickets to Miami Heat’s gamed to poor kids.
  • He has also helped in fundraising to support ‘Make- A- Wish Foundation and Boys and Girls Club of America.
  • In 2005, Payton gave $100 Toys- R- Us vouchers to 60 children.

Conclusion

Gary is the only NBA player to have scored 20,000 points, 5000 rebounds, 8000 assists and 2000 steals. He is the only point guard (player in charge of offence) to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

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