Gary Payton II

 

Gary Dwayne Payton II (born December 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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. He is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton.

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Payton joined the Houston Rockets for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2016, he signed with the Rockets, but was later waived on October 24 after appearing in six preseason games. 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. 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.

On April 2, 2017, Payton signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. 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.

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Career highlights and awards
AP Honorable Mention All-American (2016)
2× First-team All-Pac-12 (2015, 2016)
2× Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
2× Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (2015, 2016)

 

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