Gary Dwayne Payton II is an American basketball player, born in Seattle, Washington and belongs to mixed ethnicity. He is a point guard in NBA for the Washington Wizards team. He is called by his nickname “The Mitten”, in regard to his father who was nicknamed “The Glove”.
His greatest achievements include the NBA G League champion trophy in 2019, Bob Cousy award, Naismith Player of the year award, AP Honourable Mention, All-American honors, Two-time winner of First-team All-Pac-12, Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, All-Defensive Team title multiple times.
Gary Payton II Family
Gary is a son of Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. who is a former American basketball player and he was also a point guard. He is a part of the Hall of Fame of NBA as he holds records for most points, rebounds, and steals from Seattle. He has played with various teams like the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.
He was a part of the Heat when they won an NBA championship title in 2006. He was given the nickname “The Glove” for his potential defensive skills. In 1997, he got married to a girl named Monique James. The couple split in 2012. Gary Payton, Jr. is his son from another woman.
Gary Payton II has grown up with his three siblings; two brothers named Gary Payton Jr. and Julian Payton. He has also one sister named Raquel Payton. He is dating Casey Christia, a girl from Seattle and their marriage news is on the board.
Gary Payton II Education
Gary joined Spring Valley high school in Las Vegas. He moved to Westwind Preparatory Academy which is a charter public high school in Phoenix, Arizona. For higher education, he got enrolled in Salt Lake Community College in Utah.
He was transferred to the Oregon State University, and he completed his graduation.
Gary Payton II Career
He joined Spring Valley High School where he spent two years of his life playing basketball and also swimming prior to his recruitment. Then, he got enrolled in an academy named the Westwind Preparatory Academy. Later on, he joined the Salt Lake Community College in Utah. He recorded scoring 9.4 points with 6.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists each game, where he led his team win the Region 18 Championship and SWAC title as a freshman.
During his sophomore season, his average was also pretty decent to 14.1 points and 7.9 rebounds each game and he won Co-Player of the Year award and Region 18 Most Valuable Player honors where his team won consistently two times Region 18 title. His career at the Oregon State was also a great success.
Gary remained undrafted in NBA draft 2016, but he was assigned to the Houston Rockets to play in NBA Summer League, but he was soon waived by the franchise after playing few games. He was signed by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers; a team of the NBA Development League and he was top-scorer 51 points with the loss to Los Angeles D-Fenders.
In 2017, Gary was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks and he made his debut for the Bucks with scoring 5 points against the Dallas Mavericks. But, Bucks acquired Sean Kilpatrick in place for Gary.
In 2018, he was assigned to the Los Angeles Lakers in a dual- contract to play for the Lakers and their G League team, South Bay Lakers. Meanwhile, he also joined the training camp of Portland Trail Blazers after getting waived by the Lakers.
In 2019, Gary was signed by the Washington Wizards in a 10-day contract and very soon, the franchise announced that they have signed Gary in a regular rookie contract.
Gary Payton II Net Worth
Gary owns many PE make-ups of Nike Air Zoom Flight which is a signature shoe of his father. He is among the richest NBA players and has a net worth of $130 million. He owns a luxurious house worth $3.4 million.
Gary Payton II Basketball Shoes
- Nike Air Zoom GP 2
- Nike Zoom Hawk Flight
- Nike Kyrie Low 2
- Nike Zoom KD 10
- Nike Kyrie low 6