The first thing that comes to mind upon thinking of these Sonics is highlights. So is the second and probably the third. Gary Payton’s seemingly unreachable lobs and Shawn Kemp’s ridiculous feats of athleticism littered top ten lists for years, but they were also two way talents capable of suffocating even the swiftest offense. Complemented by defensive and three point specialists in Nate McMillan, Hersey Hawkins, Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins, Seattle rose to the top of the West in ’96 with 64 wins and an All NBA team mention for their dynamic duo. Had fate not placed them in the same league as Chicago, they almost undoubtedly would have won a championship.