Payton, Reinsdorf, Granik Top List Of Hall of Fame Class Of 2013 Nominees

Nine-time All-Star Gary Payton, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former league executive Russ Granik are among the new Hall of Fame nominees with NBA ties, has learned.

Thirty-one candidates are moving forward via selection from the North American committee, the section that handles the majority of the nominees from the NBA. The next step after that is judging by a nine-member panel. Seven votes are needed to advance to the finalist stage, an outcome that will be announced at All-Star weekend in Houston in February. Then, a separate group of 24 voters makes the ultimate ruling. Support from 18 of the 24 is required for induction, with the results revealed at the Final Four in Atlanta in April.

Gary Payton was a nine-time All-Star -- Noren Trotman/NBAE/Getty Images

Gary Payton was a nine-time All-Star in a 17-year career. — Noren Trotman/NBAE/Getty Images

The Women’s committee has a similar process and timing. The only difference is that the initial panel is seven voters and five approvals are necessary. Election into the Hall requires the same 18 of 24 as the North American field.

Five other categories have direct-election with one layer of balloting and a limit of one inductee per committee: ABA, Early African-American Pioneers, Veterans, International and Contributor. Six votes are required among seven ballots sent to people with a background in each area, with winners announced at All-Star weekend.

The International committee has nominated Vlade Divac and Sarunas Marciulionis, who both had long careers in the NBA, and Oscar Schmidt, best known in North America for scoring 46 points to lead Brazil past a United States team (with David Robinson, Danny Manning and several other future NBA players) to win the gold medal at the 1987 Pan-American Games in Indianapolis.

The ABA list includes Zelmo Beatty, Ron Boone, Roger Brown, Mack Calvin, Louie Dampier, Bob (Slick) Leonard and George McGinnis. A year after the induction of Mel Daniels, the Pacers have a good chance to be represented again.

Payton, a trash-talking, menacing two-way player who was named first-team All-Defense by coaches nine years in a row with the SuperSonics, is clearly the strongest candidate among the nominees with an NBA connection. Payton was nicknamed “The Glove” for his tight defense and averaged at least 20 points a game seven times. He also logged at least eight assists a game in five of those seven.

The entire list of nominees from the North American committee (which includes pro, college and high school ranks): John Bach, Dick Bavetta, Gene Bess, Maurice Cheeks, Jack Curran, Bobby Dandridge, Lefty Driesell, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Travis Grant, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Robert Hughes, Kevin Johnson, Marques Johnson (first time on the ballot), Gene Keady, Bernard King, Guy Lewis (first time), Danny Miles, William (Speedy) Morris (first time), Dick Motta, Curly Neal, Payton, Rick Pitino, Mitch Richmond, Paul Silas, Eddie Sutton, Jerry Tarkanian, Rudy Tomjanovich, Paul Westphal and Gary Williams.

Mark Jackson was removed from the ballot after not receiving a single vote in three years, despite being third on the career assist list.

Reinsdorf and Granik are candidates through the Contributor category that also includes, among 21 candidates, Al Attles, Marty Blake, Harry Glickman (first time), Del Harris (first time), Red Klotz (former Baltimore Bullets point guard best known for running the Washington Generals), Jerry Krause, Johnny Most, Gene Shue and Donnie Walsh.

The entire list of nominees is scheduled to be released today.


  1. Najee says:

    The players I wanna see in the Hall are Payton, Richmond, Hardaway, King, Kevin Johnson, Spencer Haywood and Mark Jackson

  2. kILLarifIC says:

    GP in, King in, Cheeks maybe, mitch richmond and tim hardway fall just short of ever being in the hall of fame.

  3. Titan007 says:

    The big player for the 2014 Ceremony will be Alonzo Mourning. In 2015 I think Dikembe Mutombo will be eligible. The next big names after that will be Iverson and Shaq.

  4. Ent says:

    @ Diehard Sonic: Thunders? Are you serious? Dude, there’s no question about it, don’t even mention something like that. You can’t take another city stats… you can’t take another team’s history.

  5. changedname says:

    why is oscar schmidt, probably the greatest international scorer of all time, not in the basketball hall of fame? an outrage.

  6. Diehard Sonic says:

    I wonder what jersey should GP got inducted with? Sonics? Thunders? So will Thunder retire GP’s number following his induction?

  7. Bill says:

    Guy Lewis should have been in the HOF 20 years ago. The fact that he isn’t is one of the biggest disgraces in sports and is why Elvin Hayes hasn’t returned to the HOF since his own induction ceremony in 1990.

  8. Sea Pea says:

    If Jerry Reinsdorf gets in then Spike Lee should get in too. Spike made Jordan play harder and Reinsdorf made Jordan wanna quit playing….

  9. Ent says:

    I would like to have my sonics back and this wonderful player posterized in HOF. This could be great.

  10. Hank1020 says:

    Bernard King, Gary Payton, Mo Cheeks, Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway all should be in

    • Sea Pea says:

      Tim Hardaway didn’t do much in my opinion. He had a big influence on point guards sorta like the influence the And 1 guys had on the basketball. He was a marketing star.

  11. Styx says:

    i say cheeks, payton and king

  12. Lee says:

    Sidney Moncrief deserves recognition!! He was definitely top 3 for point guards in the 80s!

  13. mj13 says:

    why didnt mark jackson get any vote?

  14. Mark says:

    Mo Cheeks all day! The glove and Mo we the greatest defenders ever at their position. And the great Curly Neal should get at least a contributor spot.

  15. […] According to, Payton, 44, is one of 31 candidates who’ve made “the first step.” Next comes a nine-member panel who will vote to see who makes it to the finalist stage — an outcome that will be announced at All-Star weekend in Houston. […]

  16. Mitchell says:

    shaq is definatrely gonna get it

  17. J-Short says:

    GP has to be a lock in my opinion, he may not have won a ring but man his resume is solid HOF caliber.

    • itsbigwes95 says:

      i think he did win a ring with the 2006 heat team by coming off the bench. 🙂

      • marlon green says:

        kudos you know your stuff! Did everyone forget about that big time 3 pointer he made in the finals for the heat? GP is a definite hall of famer.

    • Persepha says:

      Payton won a ring with Miami in 2006.

      • itsbigwes95 says:

        @ marlon green, i didn’t really remember what big shot he made, but i know he made one, i thought it was a lay-up. maybe he did both? not sure.

  18. Taylor says:

    Five former Sonics. Bring ’em back.

  19. Sea Pea says:

    Mitch Richmond all day. Jordan even said Mitch gave him problems.

  20. Bstarr says:

    Amen to the Glove!!

  21. prix says:

    The Glove is the man for this year…I wonder if Rubio or Lin could be a Hall of famer in the future….I even vote Fisher could be in the list sooner than everybody thought