Gary Payton II

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Gary Payton II
Gary Payton II.jpg
Payton with Oregon State in 2015
Free agent
Position Point guard
Personal information
Born (1992-12-01) December 1, 1992 (age 25)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft 2016 / Undrafted
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–2017 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2017 Milwaukee Bucks
2017 Wisconsin Herd
2017–2018 Los Angeles Lakers
2018 South Bay Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Gary Dwayne Payton II (born December 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. As a junior and senior playing college basketball for the Oregon State Beavers, Payton was named first-team All-Pac-12 as well as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.[1] He is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton.[2]

High school and college career

Payton was born in Seattle, Washington to Monique and Gary Payton, while his father was a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. He attended Spring Valley High School where he lettered two years in basketball and one year in swimming before graduating in 2011. He then enrolled at Westwind Preparatory Academy for the 2011–12 season.

Salt Lake Bruins

Payton played two seasons at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He averaged 9.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.9 steals per game as a freshman (2012–13) and led the Bruins to a 29-5 overall record and 14-1 mark in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC), where they won the Region 18 Championship and outright SWAC title in 2013. Payton was named First Team All-SWAC and made Region 18 All-Tournament Team as a freshman. In his sophomore year he averaged 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.9 steals per game earning him Second Team NJCAA Division I All-American and was voted 2014 Region 18 Co-Player of the Year and Region 18 Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Bruins finished with a 27-7 overall record and won their second consecutive Region 18 Championship.[2]

Oregon State Beavers

During Payton's sophomore season at Salt Lake CC he signed a letter of intent to play for his father's alma mater Oregon State under men's head basketball coach Craig Robinson.[3] Robinson was fired before the start of the 2014–15 basketball season and was replaced by University of Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle.[4][5] Having lost their top five scorers from the previous season, Pac-12 coaches picked Oregon State to finish 12th in the 2014–15 season.[6] Instead, the up-tempo Beavers finished 7th with a 4–1 record against the conference's top three teams, Arizona, Oregon and Utah. In their game against Grambling State Payton recorded 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming only the second Beaver ever with a triple-double in a game. His father, Hall of Famer Gary Payton, is the other Beaver with a triple-double when he had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against the University of Portland in 1988.[7] Following a home sweep of the Los Angeles schools Payton was named the January 26, 2015 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week.[8] During his first season at Oregon State Payton led his team in multiple categories: scoring, rebounds, and steals.[9] On March 9, 2015 Pac-12 coaches voted Payton to the All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Pac-12 Defensive Team and named him the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.[10]

On February 1, 2016, he was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award for top point guard of the year.[11] He was named to the 35-man mid-season watchlist for the Naismith Player of the Year on February 11.[12]

Professional career

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2016–2017)

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Payton II joined the Houston Rockets for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2016, he signed with the Rockets,[13] but was later waived on October 24 after appearing in six preseason games.[14] On October 31, 2016, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Rockets.[15] On December 3, 2016, he scored 51 points on 20-of-29 shooting to go with 11 rebounds in a 140–125 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[16]

Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Herd (2017)

On April 2, 2017, Payton II signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[17] He made his debut for the Bucks that night, scoring five points in nine minutes off the bench in a 109–105 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[18] Payton II was waived on October 14 as one of the team’s final 2017–18 preseason roster cuts.[19] On October 17, 2017, Payton II was given a two-way contract with the Bucks via their NBA G League affiliate the Wisconsin Herd, meaning he'd officially return to Milwaukee for the start of the season.[20] Payton II would have his first start in the NBA on November 22, 2017, against the Phoenix Suns, playing as the starting small forward for the Bucks that night due to team injuries. While he would end the night early due to an injury of his own, the Bucks would win that night in overtime. On December 13, Payton II was waived from the Bucks in favor of Sean Kilpatrick.

Los Angeles Lakers (2018)

On January 15, 2018, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Payton II to a two-way contract.[21] Throughout the rest of the season, he split his playing time between the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBA G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. On the final game of the season, Payton scored a career-high 25 points and also posted a career-high 12 rebounds against the Los Angeles Clippers.

On September 4, 2018, Payton signed a training camp contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.[22] On October 13, 2018, Payton was waived by the Trail Blazers.[23]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA statistics

Regular season
2016–17 Milwaukee 6 0 16.5 .364 .111 .600 2.0 2.2 .5 .7 3.3
2017–18 Milwaukee 12 6 8.8 .394 .167 .667 1.4 .8 .3 .1 2.5
2017–18 L.A. Lakers 11 0 10.5 .415 .308 .167 2.5 1.1 .4 .2 3.5
Career 29 6 11.0 .396 .206 .429 1.9 1.2 .3 .2 3.1

College statistics

2014–15 Oregon State 31 30 36.3 .485 .293 .663 7.5 3.2 3.1 1.2 13.4
2015–16 Oregon State 32 32 34.3 .486 .314 .642 7.8 5.0 2.5 0.5 16.0
Career 63 63 35.3 .485 .302 .652 7.7 4.1 2.8 0.8 14.7

Awards and honors


See Also


  1. ^ Letourneau, Connor (March 9, 2015). "Gary Payton II, Oregon State Beavers guard, named first team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Gary Payton II Bio".
  3. ^ Oregonian Sports (November 18, 2013). "Oregon State basketball: Gary Payton II signs letter of intent with Beavers". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Prince, Seth (May 5, 2014). "Craig Robinson fired as Oregon State Beavers men's basketball coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Mizell, Gina (May 19, 2014). "Oregon State Beavers officially announce Wayne Tinkle hired as men's basketball coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Letourneau, Connor (October 7, 2014). "OIn ESPN poll, Pac-12 coaches pick Oregon State men's basketball last in conference". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Associated Press (December 15, 2014). "Gary Payton II joins dad as only Oregon St. players with triple-double". Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Letourneau, Connor (January 26, 2015). "Gary Payton II, Oregon State Beavers guard, earns Pac-12 Player of the Week honors". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Oregon State Season Statistics". March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  10. ^ Pac-12 Conference (March 9, 2015). "2014-15 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Honors". Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Nortlander, Matt (February 1, 2016). "Cat Barber, Fred VanVleet missing from list of Cousy Award finalists". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  12. ^ Payne, Terrence (February 11, 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "Rockets Announce Training Camp Roster". September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "Rockets Waive Three Players". October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  15. ^ Chagollan, Anwar (October 31, 2016). "Vipers perform trade with Erie and finalize training camp roster". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  16. ^ "Payton II Scores 51 To Power Vipers Past D-Fenders". December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "BUCKS SIGN GARY PAYTON II TO CONTRACT". April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  18. ^ "Mavericks vs. Bucks – Box Score". April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  19. ^ "Bucks request waivers on three players". October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  20. ^ "Bucks Sign Gary Payton II To A Two-Way Contract". Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "Lakers Sign Gary Payton II". Los Angeles Lakers. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  22. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN THREE PLAYERS". September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  23. ^ "Trail Blazers Waive Oliver, Onuaku, & Payton II". October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.

External links

  • OSU Beavers bio
  • Salt Lake Bruins bio
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