Cameron Payne

Cameron Payne (born August 8, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Murray State.

Cameron Payne
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Payne with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017
No. 15 – Phoenix Suns
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1994-08-08) August 8, 1994 (age 27)
Bartlett, Tennessee
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High schoolLausanne Collegiate School
(Memphis, Tennessee)
CollegeMurray State (2013–2015)
NBA draft2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Playing career2015–present
Career history
20152017Oklahoma City Thunder
2015–2017Oklahoma City Blue
20172019Chicago Bulls
2017–2018Windy City Bulls
2019Cleveland Cavaliers
2019–2020Shanxi Loongs
2020Texas Legends
2020–presentPhoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Payne attended Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew from 5'5' as a freshman to 6'0 as a senior. Despite leading Lausanne Collegiate to a 2013 Division II state title in Tennessee, Payne was not a heavily scouted player by collegiate programs. He was considered to be a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and was not ranked in the top 100 prospects. He was recruited by William Small to play college basketball at Murray State, choosing the Racers over a few other schools. Payne then went from a little-known college recruit to a potential NBA lottery pick.

College careerEdit

As a freshman, Payne averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.[1][2] He was forced to start at point guard as a freshman due to an injury to Zay Jackson, and began his collegiate career registering 21 points, five boards and four assists in the team's opener at Valparaiso.[2] Payne earned first-team All-OVC honors and was named freshman of the year by the conference.[3] As a sophomore, he was the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after he averaged 20.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.[4] Payne opted to declare for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Oklahoma City Thunder (2015–2017)Edit

2015–16 seasonEdit

During workouts prior to the NBA draft, Payne broke the ring finger on his non-shooting hand. The injury did not require surgery.[3] On June 25, 2015, Payne was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.[5] On July 10, 2015, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Thunder.[6] He made his debut for the Thunder on November 1 in a 117–93 win over the Denver Nuggets, recording three assists in four minutes.[7] On December 5, he was assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder's D-League affiliate.[8] He was recalled on December 6,[9] reassigned on December 15,[10] and recalled again on December 16.[11] On December 29, he had a 16-point effort in a 131–123 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. In the Thunder's regular season finale on April 12, 2016, Payne recorded career highs of 17 points and seven assists in a 102–98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.[12]

2016–17 seasonEdit

On July 25, 2016, Payne underwent a successful procedure to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.[13] He recovered quickly and was cleared to practice when training camp opened. He went through full contact during the Thunder's first two days of practice,[14] but on September 27, he suffered an acute fracture to his fifth metatarsal in the team's Blue-White Scrimmage.[15] As a result, he missed the first two months of the 2016–17 season. After spending six days with the Oklahoma City Blue in early January,[16][17] Payne joined the Thunder playing group for the first time in 2016–17 on January 7.[18] He subsequently made his season debut that night, scoring eight points in 13 minutes against the Denver Nuggets.[19] On February 9, 2017, he scored a season-high 15 points in a 118–109 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[20]

Chicago Bulls (2017–2019)Edit

On February 23, 2017, Payne was traded, along with Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow, to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick.[21] During the 2016–17 season, Payne had multiple assignments with the Windy City Bulls, the Bulls' D-League affiliate.[22]

On September 8, 2017, Payne was ruled out for three to four months after undergoing surgery on his right foot two days prior. He was known as the tank commander.[23] He made his season debut for the Bulls on February 22, 2018, in a 116–115 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[24] On March 17, 2018, Payne recorded his first professional double-double in his NBA career, putting up 13 points and a career-high 10 assists in a 114–109 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[25] On March 23, 2018, he had a career-high 17 points and six assists in a 118–105 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[26]

On October 24, 2018, Payne scored all of his career-high 21 points in the second half of the Bulls' 112–110 win over the Charlotte Hornets, going 7 for 11 on 3-pointers.[27] On January 3, 2019, he was waived by the Bulls.[28]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2019)Edit

On January 6, 2019, Payne signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[29] On January 16, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers.[30] He parted ways with the Cavaliers following the expiration of his second 10-day contract.[31]

Toronto Raptors (2019)Edit

On July 25, 2019, Payne signed a contract with the Toronto Raptors.[32] On October 8, 2019, Payne played for 12 minutes against the Houston Rockets in a preseason game and tallied 4 points, 1 assist, and 1 rebound. On October 19, 2019, the Raptors released Payne.[33]

Shanxi Loongs (2019–2020)Edit

On November 12, 2019, Payne was reported to join the Shanxi Loongs.[34] He played in two games for the team, averaging 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 4.5 steals per contest. On January 2, 2020, Payne was replaced.[35]

Texas Legends (2020)Edit

On January 25, 2020, the Texas Legends announced that they had acquired Payne.[36]

During the week of March 3, 2020, Payne was named the NBA G-League Player of the Week, averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 2.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game while leading the Legends to a perfect 3-0 record for the week.[37]

Phoenix Suns (2020–present)Edit

On June 30, 2020, Payne agreed to a two-season deal with the Phoenix Suns.[38] He made his debut on July 31 in the 2020 NBA Bubble, where he recorded 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals on a plus-minus of +21 in a 125–112 win over the Washington Wizards.[39] On August 7, 2020, Payne recorded a season-high 15 points in a 114–99 win over the Indiana Pacers.[40] He later repeated his season-high in a blowout 128–102 win over the Dallas Mavericks, helping the team be undefeated in all eight games the Suns played in the bubble while coming off the bench and having his highest scoring and rebounding season averages in the NBA yet.[41]

After his successful time in the bubble, Payne had his second season option picked up on November 18, 2020.[42] In his second season with Phoenix, Payne continued the successful production he had in the 2020 bubble off the bench. On January 6, 2021, he tied his career-high of 10 assists in only 16 minutes of play in a 123–115 win over the Toronto Raptors.[43] On February 20, he scored a season-high 19 points and put up 7 assists in a blowout 128–97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[44] On March 4, Payne recorded his second career double-double in the NBA, leading the Suns that night with 17 points and 10 assists coming off the bench in a 120–98 blowout win over the Golden State Warriors.[45]

On June 22, 2021, Payne recorded a career and post season high in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers. Payne played 37 minutes, recording 29 points, 9 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in the Suns 104-103 win.[46] Payne helped the Suns reach the 2021 NBA Finals, but the Suns lost the series in 6 games to the Milwaukee Bucks after Phoenix won the first 2 games.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Oklahoma City 57 1 12.2 .410 .324 .792 1.5 1.9 .6 .1 5.0
2016–17 Oklahoma City 20 0 16.0 .331 .308 1.000 1.6 2.0 .5 .3 5.3
2016–17 Chicago 11 0 12.9 .333 .324 .250 1.5 1.4 .4 .0 4.9
2017–18 Chicago 25 14 23.3 .405 .385 .750 2.8 4.5 1.0 .4 8.8
2018–19 Chicago 31 12 17.3 .411 .271 .880 1.7 2.7 .6 .2 5.7
2018–19 Cleveland 9 1 19.6 .491 .360 .688 2.1 2.6 .9 .3 8.2
2019–20 Phoenix 8 0 22.9 .485 .517 .857 3.9 3.0 1.0 .3 10.9
2020–21 Phoenix 60 1 18.0 .484 .440 .893 2.4 3.6 .6 .3 8.4
Career 221 29 16.8 .426 .372 .822 2.0 2.8 .7 .2 6.8

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Oklahoma City 10 0 6.4 .269 .200 .500 .4 .8 .2 .2 1.8
2017 Chicago 1 0 4.0 .500 1.000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 3.0
2021 Phoenix 22 2 19.0 .425 .362 .889 2.5 3.2 .8 .5 9.3
Career 33 2 14.7 .407 .350 .818 1.8 2.4 .6 .4 6.8

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Murray State 34 34 32.7 .404 .341 .774 3.6 5.4 1.7 .6 16.8
2014–15 Murray State 35 35 32.2 .456 .377 .787 3.7 6.0 1.9 .5 20.2
Career 69 69 32.4 .432 .359 .781 3.7 5.7 1.8 .5 18.5

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Tony Payne, was once a youth basketball coach. He and his mother, Leshawn Payne, were also instrumental in helping Payne out with returning to the NBA after briefly being out of the league for China and the NBA G League.[47]

ReferencesEdit

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