Updated Feb 15, 2013 - 10:22 am
Former Sonics Gary Payton, Spencer Haywood among finalists for Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame made the announcement Friday from NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.
Payton, a first-time finalist, played 13 of his 17 NBA seasons in Seattle, where he earned a reputation as one of the league's best defenders and most prolific trash talkers. He ranks fourth all-time in steals and eighth in assists. His career resume also includes nine All-Star selections and nine All-Defensive First Team selections as well as two Olympic gold medals. He retired in 2007 after winning a championship with the Miami Heat.
Haywood made four All-Star appearances during his five seasons with the Sonics (1970-1975). He won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980.
The class of 2013 will be announced in April and enshrined in September.
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