Gary Payton was announced Friday as one of 12 finalists nominated for potential induction into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
This was Payton's first year on the ballot, which also includes Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Bernard King, Spencer Haywood and former WNBA star Dawn Staley as players. Former coaches Tom Heinsohn, Guy Lewis, Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian and Sylvia Hatchell were also named as finalists. Roger Brown, Edwin B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Richard Guerin and Russ Granik were chosen as the five "Direct Elect" members of the Class of 2013. The announcement on who else will be elected this year will made April 8 at a news conference in Atlanta.