SONICS 35TH ANNIVERSARY

The first 35 seasons of Sonics Basketball have produced 43 NBA All-Stars, 20 playoff appearances, the NBA's first and only rain-out and of course the 1979 NBA Championship. We asked fans to cast their vote on some of the miraculous moments and legendary characters from the Sonics first 35 big ones. Here's how you picked 'em.

What is your favorite single-game performance in Sonics history?
At this rate, maybe Gary Payton should run for governor. Here's how you voted:

  • Gary Payton's 14-14 field goal shooting vs. Cleveland - 1/4/95 - 52%
  • Nate McMillan's NBA rookie-record 25 assists vs. LA Clippers - 2/23/87 - 17%
  • Fred Brown's 58 points vs. Golden State - 3/23/74 - 13%
  • Lenny Wilkens' 36 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists vs. San Diego - 3/12/69 - 11%
  • Jack Sikma's 39 points, 25 rebounds vs. Utah - 2/10/83 - 7%

    What has been your favorite Sonics hairstyle (or lack of)? Not quite a flat top, maybe a mullet, whatever it was, you chose Detlef's do as your favorite:

  • Detlef Schrempf - Business on top, party in back - 46%
  • Slick Watts - Legendary chrome dome - 21%
  • Xavier McDaniel - Mr. Clean - 13%
  • Talvin Skinner - Big, big hair - 10%
  • Jack Sikma (circa 1983) - ultra perm - 6%
  • Jack Sikma (circa 1977) - Dutchboy - 5%

    Who is the best rebounder in Sonics history? The Reign Man could fly high above the rim for more than just thunderous dunks, he could clean the glass too. He's your choice as the Sonics best rebounder. Here's how you voted:

  • Shawn Kemp - 62%
  • Michael Cage - 16%
  • Jack Sikma - 15%
  • Spencer Haywood - 4%
  • Marvin Webster - 2%
  • Jim Fox - 1%

    What is your favorite Sonics player nickname?
    Again, The Glove in a landslide. Here's how you voted:

  • 'The Glove' Gary Payton - 47%
  • 'Reign Man' Shawn Kemp - 18%
  • 'Downtown' Freddie Brown - 12%
  • 'Big Smooth' Sam Perkins - 11%
  • 'X-Man' Xavier McDaniel - 4%
  • 'Shake & Bake' Archie Clark - 3%
  • Donald 'Slick' Watts - 3%
  • 'The Human Eraser' Marvin Webster - 1%
  • 'The Wizard' Gus Williams 1%

    Who is the Sonics all-time best player off the bench?
    Big Smooth edges out a candidate for this season's sixth man award, Desmond Mason. Here's how you voted:

  • Sam Perkins - 45%
  • Desmond Mason - 35%
  • Eddie Johnson - 11%
  • Paul Silas - 6%
  • Vincent Askew - 3%

    Who do you think is the best ball distributor in Sonics history?
    Once again fans showed their love for the Glove. Here's how you voted:

  • Gary Payton - 79%
  • Nate McMillan - 8%
  • Lenny Wilkens - 7%
  • Gus Williams - 3%
  • Slick Watts - 3%

    Who is your favorite all-time Sonics 12th man?
    Scheffler! Scheffler! Scheffler! The former Big-10 player-of-the-year and all-around good guy is your choice as the top towel-waver in Sonics history. Here's how you voted:

  • Steve Scheffler - 25%
  • Avery Johnson - 20%
  • David Wingate - 18%
  • Olumide Oyedeji - 17%
  • Chuck Person - 12%
  • Vinnie Johnson - 5%
  • Marty Conlon - 2%
  • Scott Meents - 1%

    Who is the Sonics best all-time defensive player?
    Not even close. Eight times on the NBA All-Defensive Team, they don't call him the Glove for nothin'. Here's how you voted

  • Gary Payton - 86%
  • Nate McMillan - 11%
  • Slick Watts - 2%
  • Vincent Askew - 1%
  • Danny Vranes - 0%

    Who is your favorite Sonics dunker of all time?
    The people have spoken, and the Reignman was the overwhelming choice. Here's how you voted:

  • Shawn Kemp - 66%
  • Desmond Mason - 26%
  • Xavier McDaniel - 4%
  • Tom Chambers - 3%
  • Terence Stansbury - 1%

    What is your favorite All-Star memory?
    Looks like everybody loves the big jam, here's how you voted:

  • Desmond Mason winning the Slam Dunk Contest (2001) - 40%
  • Gary Paytonís 15 assists (1995) - 31%
  • Tom Chambers MVP at the Kingdome (1987) - 13%
  • Lenny Wilkens is named MVP (1971) - 12%
  • Dale Ellis winning the 3-Point Shootout (1989) - 4%

    Who was the best draft pick in Sonics history?
    Although the decision was booed on draft day, the Reign Man rules in this poll. Here's how you voted:

  • Shawn Kemp (1st Round, 17th overall in 1989) - 47%
  • Rashard Lewis (2nd Round, 32nd overall in 1998) - 24%
  • Jack Sikma (1st Round, 8th overall in 1977) - 15%
  • Nate McMillan (2nd Round, 30th overall in 1986) - 14%
  • Bob Rule (2nd Round, 19th overall in 1967) - 0%