A History of Aging NBA Stars Piggybacking Their Way to Rings

Gary Payton

Age: 37
Championship season: 2006 Miami Heat
Career statistics: 1335 G, 16.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.7 APG
Championship season statistics: 81 G, 7.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.2 APG

The 2006 NBA Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks will be forever remembered as the Dwyane Wade series. While sometimes the Heat seemed like a one-man wrecking crew, some smart veteran play from players like Gary Payton helped turn the tide in the Heat's favor. GP hit two big buckets in Games 3 and 5 to help Miami win four consecutive games and capture the series.

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