Gary Dwayne Payton II was born in 1992 in Seattle, WA. He is the son of Monique and NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton. The younger Payton is sometimes called "The Mitten" in reference to his dad's nickname, "The Glove." Payton II has two brothers and a sister. Payton first attended Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV, where he played basketball and was a member of the swim team. For his senior season (2011-12), Payton transferred to Westwind Prepatory Academy in Phoenix, AZ. After high school, Payton spent two years at Salt Lake Community College before transferring to his father's alma mater, Oregon State. During his college days, his favorite athlete was Ronda Rousey. Fans can follow the 6-foot-3 guard on Instagram (@garydwayne).