Seattle Sonics
Gary Payton
Seattle Sonics
Jack Sikma
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SEATTLE SONICS ROSTER (* PER = Player Efficiency Rating)
POS PLAYER HT YEAR AGE PTS REB AST PER*
G GARY PAYTON 6-4 2000 31 24.2 6.5 8.9 23.6
Comment: Forget the current washed-up GP, and remember the trash-talking "Glove" who could score, dish and aggravate on D
G GUS WILLIAMS 6-2 1982 28 23.4 3.1 6.9 21.8
Comment: Amazing quickness; won title in '79 and was 1st-team All-NBA in '82
G RAY ALLEN 6-5 2006 30 25.1 4.3 3.7 22.3
Comment: Provides lethal deep shooting -- 41% from 3-point land in 2006
G DENNIS JOHNSON 6-4 1980 25 19.0 5.1 4.1 15.9
Comment: 2nd-team All-NBA in '80, he's here to give this team a defensive stopper in the backcourt
G/F DALE ELLIS 6-7 1989 28 27.5 4.2 2.0 19.7
Comment: As sweet a stroke as you'll ever see; shot 47.8% from 3-point range in '89; 3rd-team All-NBA
F DETLEF SCHREMPF 6-9 1995 32 19.2 6.2 3.8 20.3
Comment: 3rd-team All-NBA in '95, could go outside (51% on 3-pointers) or drive to the hoop (9th in free-throw attempts in '95)
F SHAWN KEMP 6-10 1996 26 19.6 11.4 2.2 22.6
Comment: In pre-buffet days was efficient (56% from the field), tough on the boards and one of the best dunkers ever
F XAVIER MCDANIEL 6-7 1987 23 23.0 8.6 2.5 18.7
Comment: The X-Man was a great offensive rebounder; provides plenty of energy and scoring ability
F/C SPENCER HAYWOOD 6-8 1973 23 29.2 12.9 2.5 22.7
Comment: Unstoppable with his turnaround jumper, was 1st-team All-NBA in '72, '73
C JACK SIKMA 6-11 1982 26 19.6 12.7 3.4 20.6
Comment: Vastly underrated player; made seven All-Star teams; will he go straight or perm?

SCOUTING REPORT: Imagine a fast break with Payton, Gus and Kemp ... unstoppable. The Sonics also feature two of the game's all-time best deep shooters in Allen and Ellis -- not to mention Schrempf. And if you make an effort to keep Seattle from shooting the 3, Haywood and Kemp provide plenty of scoring inside. Interior defense may be an issue as Sikma wasn't a shot blocker while Kemp had a tendency to get into foul trouble.