Ex-NBA guards Payton, Johnson to help pack meals for orphans


avery-johnson-gary-paytonFormer NBA players Gary Payton and Avery Johnson will be on hand along with SAPPHIRE NOW attendees to help pack meals for orphans on May 13.

Johnson, Payton, SAP executives and the mayor of Orlando will be joined by ASUG conference attendees and SAP partners and pack some 300,000 meals that are destined to go to orphan children.

Payton enjoyed a successful 17-year NBA career, and he’s best known for his 13-year tenure in Seattle, where he established himself as one of the best defensive point guards of all-time.

Payton played 1335 games in the NBA (1233 started), averaging 16.3 points and 6.7 assists over the course of his career.

He averaged over 20 points in seven of his 17 seasons, with his career-high average of 24.2 points coming in the 1999-2000 season.

The point guard reached three NBA Finals, appearing in one each for the Sonics, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. Payton finally got that elusive first ring as a member of the 2005-06 Heat.

Avery Johnson, former head coach of the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets, led the Mavericks to their first NBA Finals appearance and four consecutive 50+ win seasons. As a player, Johnson was known for his leadership skills and was the starting Point Guard for the 1999 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.

During his playing career, he appeared in 1054 NBA Games (637 started), averaging 8.4 points, 5.5 assists and 25.3 minutes per game.

He averaged over 13 points per game for 2 straight seasons with the Spurs in 94-95, 95-96. He also averaged a career high 9.6 assists per game during the 95-96 season.

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