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5 - Adreian Payne

Michigan St. 

  • Birthday: 2/19/91
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 240
  • Hometown: Dayton, OH
  • High School: Jefferson
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  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

Overall

92

2014
Mock:  15

NBA Comparison: Drew Gooden/Robert Horry

Strengths: An explosive big with shooting range to the college 3-point line ... Shot a very impressive 42.3% on 3.4 3-point attempts per game as a college senior ... Payne should be a quality "pick and pop" option in the NBA because of his toughness and shooting stroke ... Very good free throw shooter (about 80% in his final two seasons at MSU) ... He comes off as being a bit stiff in his movements, but is as explosive off 2 feet as they come ... A banger on the block. Has decent post moves and a good stroke ... Improving feel around the basket and in the post, especially when it comes to making a counter move and passing out of double teams ... Known to be an "intangibles" guy who is a good leader and hard worker ... Physical. Has toughness you'd expect from an Izzo coached player ... Wiry strong -- entered MSU with a slender frame but has filled out well ... Appears to be the type of player that is even stronger than he looks ... Really showed off his athleticism in the college dunk contest, where many agree he had the most impressive dunk of the event, doing a 360 while bringing the ball down to his feet mid-air before throwing it down with authority.

Weaknesses: Though he has excellent physical tools, has not necessarily learned to translate his athleticism, along with his 7' wingspan, into becoming a smart shot blocker due to poor timing on defense ... Not a threat to create for teammates or make plays off the dribble ... Known to be a force on the boards, but rebounding numbers decreased (from 7.6 to 7.3 rpg), despite an increase in playing time, senior year vs. prior year ... Remains to be seen if he can excel in an up-and-down system ... May struggle to play extended minutes -- reportedly has reduced lung capacity. Concerns over his lung capacity can probably be weathered by looking at the big picture; Payne projects as a role player, who would not typically be relied on for more than about 28 mpg -- which matches his senior season average at MSU ... Takes a while to get set on his jump shot and has a tendency to bring the ball down to his waist to start his shooting motion, even if he catches the ball high. However, he does have a high final release point ...

Notes: 7'0" Wingspan ... Entered MSU a raw talent with a lot of hype. Initially fell short of expectations, but made significant strides in each of his 4 seasons. By his senior year was one of the nation's elite... Known as a high character guy. His relationship with Lacey Holsworth, a little girl (and big MSU fan) who passed on April 9th after battling cancer, became a national story.

Drew Wolin 4/9/2014

Strengths: Payne is an intriguing athlete that shows flashes of brilliance, but much of his ability is unharnessed due to lack of focus…He has decent size at 6’9” with a 7’0” wingspan, but his athleticism makes up for his average size in the post … Somewhat slender at 215 pounds, but he has a good frame and will likely add weight … Primarily plays in the post with his back to the basket, likely a PF at the professional level … Displays offensive skill by spinning off of either shoulder and finishing with right and left-handed hook shots … Uses his athleticism and strength to outrebound his high school peers … Effective defender with excellent shot-blocking ability and is not afraid of contact in the post … Has the ability to run the floor, but often takes plays off …

Weaknesses:
Has tremendous raw talent, but a questionable motor … Payne has the tendency to disappear for stretches and for entire games … Displays poor shot selection as he often settles for lazy, forced jumpers instead of using his strength and athleticism to attack the basket … Does not possess much of a perimeter game with an inconsistent jumper and limited ball-handling skills … Needs time in college to develop his skills and understanding of the game …

Josh Cochran 8/7/09

June 3, 2014

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