Originally Posted by doom32x4
Seriously? TP is not in the same class as Payton. Payton was both the best defensive guard in the game and a top 3 pg for almost a decade. He played Jordan better than any player of the era. It's like say TP deserves to get in because Jason Kidd will be a HOF member. TP will deserve it, but he's not in the Gary Payton class yet.
How many rings does Payton have?
Where was Gary Payton in Game 5 of the 1994 NBA playoffs? Remember when when Robert Pack of the Denver nuggets scored 23 points leading the 8th seed Nuggets over the 1st seed Supersonic? That was Payton's man scoring all those points.
Playing Jordan "better than any player of the era" doesn't mean crap when you still lose.
Payton never took his team to the championship. Tony Parker has done that.
Payton couldn't get the job done where Parker has both internationally and in the NBA.
Tony Parker is way past Gary Payton, and Parker has many years left.