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BTD’s Best All-Time Basketball Player: #2 Steve Johnson v. #7 Gary Payton II (Black Bracket)

The star of the “Orange Express” and the son of “The Glove” face off in our final first round match-up.

Steve Johnson shoots a free throw

BTD’s Best All-Time Basketball Player: Black Bracket

  • #1 - A.C. Green (91%) v. #8 - David Lucas (9%)
  • #4 - Lonnie Shelton (51%) v. #5 - Dave Gambee (49%)
  • #3 - Mel Counts (86%) v. #6 - Red Rocha (14%)
  • #2 - Steve Johnson v. #7 - Gay Payton II

BTD’s Best All-Time Basketball Player: Orange Bracket

  • #1 - Gary Payton (94%) v. #8 - Phil Ricci (6%)
  • #4 - Cliff Crandall (60%) v. #5 - Ed Lewis (40%)
  • #3 - Brent Barry (88%) v. #6 - Jared Cunningham (12%)
  • #2 - Charlie Sitton (85%) v. #7 - Charlie White (15%)

#2 - Steve Johnson (1976-1981)

The Case For Johnson: One of the key members of the “Orange Express” during the heyday of Oregon State basketball under head coach Ralph Miller, 6’ 10” forward Steve Johnson could go down as possibly the most efficient player in Beavers history. During the prolific 1980-1981 campaign, where Oregon State was consistently ranked as the country’s top team during the regular season, Johnson shot a stunning 74.6% from the field, an NCAA record which stood until 2017. Johnson would graduate Oregon State in 1981 as a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, the 1981 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American, who would eventually see his legendary #33 retired by the school. The 7th overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft, Johnson went on to grab an NBA All-Star nod in 1988, before stepping away from the game in 1991.

#7 - Gary Payton II (2014-2016)

The Case For Payton II: Gary Payton II, the son of Beavers legend Gary Payton, came to Oregon State after two seasons at Salt Lake Community College, where he helped to Bruins to a 56-12 record over two campaigns. Although he played only two seasons for the Beavers, Payton II was a back-to-back Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pac-12 selection in 2015 and 2016, as hands down, the best Oregon State talent to hit the court in the Wayne Tinkle era. Despite averaging 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game throughout his stay in Corvallis, Payton II went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and his rights are currently owned by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Poll

WHO WINS THIS MATCHUP?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    #2 - Steve Johnson (1976-1981)
    (61 votes)
  • 20%
    #7 - Gary Payton II (2014-2016)
    (16 votes)
77 votes total Vote Now

Vote Now! Poll Closes: Tuesday, August 21st at 11:59 PM PT