Jason Terry says ex-NBA stars Brown, Payton were his mentors

fred-brownESPN Playbook recently spoke with Boston Celtics’ guard Jason Terry, who shared who of the former NBA stars helped him the most during his career.

“The two guys that helped me most were “Downtown Freddie” Brown, who was an ex-Seattle SuperSonic legend, and then Gary Payton,” Terry said.

A 1976 NBA All-Star Fred Brown played all of his professional career with Seattle Supersonics. He spent 12 years in the NBA, averaging 14.6 ppg and 3.3 apg in 25.4 minutes on the court.

In 1979-80, Brown led the NBA in 3-point percentage, hitting 44 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

Payton came in to the league years later and became one of the best Seattle Sonics guards.

Payton, a 9-time NBA All-Star was a fearless scorer and as intense on defense as one could be. Defense was Payton’s signature trait, but he excelled as a complete all-around guard.

The 193-cm star averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 assists and 1.8 steals in 1,335 regular-season contests.

His best season was with the Seattle Supersonics in 99-00, when Payton averaged 24.2 ppg and 8.9 apg in all 82 games.

“Gary Payton advised me a lot on the business of the game, on being a professional,” Jason Terry added.

As for Fred Brown, Terry said the ex-Supersonic helped him a lot with financial issues.

“Brown Sr., who’s an old retired player. He played with the Seattle SuperSonics, and in 1979, they won a championship,” Terry noted. “He helped me manage my time and manage my finances, and planning for the future.”

“I think that’s a lot of things that the young players missed out on, but having a guy like that come into my life and give me some direction as far as my finances go – now that I have kids, I set up a trust, I had to do some estate planning – that was key for me,” Terry explained.


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