As a lock-down defender, Payton was known as one of the league’s best-ever point guards. He was named as an NBA all star on nine occasions and also won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award. He won a league championship with Miami back in 2006, but is best known for his years with the Seattle SuperSonics. In addition, he won a pair of gold medals with the American men’s Olympic team. Payton said he always wanted to be a pro basketball player, but he never dreamed that he’d be so successful and end up in the hall of fame.
Bernard King was a New York Knicks swingman and one of the best pure scorers the sport has ever seen. King played for 15 years in the NBA and managed to average 22.5 points a game. He was a crucial playoff performer and during the 1984 postseason he managed to score an average of 34.8 points per contest. King also said being elected to the hall of fame was more than a dream come true.