Mel Payton

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Mel Payton
Personal information
Born(1926-07-16)July 16, 1926
Martinsville, Indiana
DiedMay 12, 2001(2001-05-12) (aged 74)
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolMartinsville (Martinsville, Indiana)
CollegeTulane (1947–1951)
NBA draft1951 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career1951–1953
PositionSmall forward / Guard
Number18, 16
Career history
1951–1952Philadelphia Warriors
1952–1953Indianapolis Olympians
Career NBA statistics
Points595 (5.4 ppg)
Rebounds396 (3.6 rpg)
Assists126 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

Melvin Eugene "Mel" Payton (born July 16, 1926 – May 12, 2001) was an American professional basketball player born in Martinsville, Indiana. A 6'4 forward, Payton attended college at Tulane University. He played four years for the Tulane Green Wave, averaging 11.8 points per game.[1] Payton was selected in the second round (19th pick overall) of 1951 NBA draft by the Philadelphia Warriors. He played one season with the Warriors before being traded to the Indianapolis Olympians in exchange for Don Lofgran. Payton played 111 games in his two-year career, scoring 595 points, grabbing 396 rebounds, and playing 1,895 minutes.[2]