Mel Payton

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Mel Payton
Personal information
Born (1926-07-16)July 16, 1926
Martinsville, Indiana
Died May 12, 2001(2001-05-12) (aged 74)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Martinsville (Martinsville, Indiana)
College Tulane (1947–1951)
NBA draft 1951 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1951–1953
Position Small forward / Guard
Number 18, 16
Career history
1951–1952 Philadelphia Warriors
1952–1953 Indianapolis Olympians
Career NBA statistics
Points 595 (5.4 ppg)
Rebounds 396 (3.6 rpg)
Assists 126 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

Melvin E. "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]