The veteran point guard spent one year in Los Angeles, joining with
Payton averaged 14.6 points on 47.1% shooting with 5.5 assists through 82 appearances. He struggled during the playoffs, averaging only 7.8 points on 36.6% shooting in the
Payton made three trips to the NBA Finals, one with the
The Sonics, who have since moved to Oklahoma City as the rebranded Thunder, selected Payton with the second overall pick in the 1990
The nine-time All-Star and 1996 defensive player of the year finished his career with 21,813 points and 8,966 assists.
The Lakers historically retire the jerseys of players inducted into the Hall of Fame, but Payton's tenure with the team was too brief for such an honor. While he won his ring with the Heat, Payton will be best remembered for his time with the SuperSonics.
Payton will join Bernard King, Oscar Schmidt,