1 - Gary Payton II

6-3, 185 Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Oregon St. Senior
12/01/92 (30 yrs)
Las Vegas, NV
High School
Spring Valley
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Player Comparison: Markel Brown/Allen Ray

Strengths:  Late bloomer with great athletic attributes…  Payton is a jack of all trade player at Oregon State where he can play any position 1 through 4 … He has been a statistical monster on the defensive end: Averaging 3 steals 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a guard … Payton, like his dad, has his hands on nearly every entry pass, has an uncanny ability to shot block as a guard without fouling, and is a game changer defensive force that opponents must game plan for … On the offensive end Payton has a quick step and takes great angles when driving to the hoop leading to nearly a 50% field goal percentage … Getting to the hole is where he is most dangerous as he is very creative and skillful in absorbing contact and finishing strong to the hole … Explosive athlete at 6”3 he has the ability to catch and finish one handed and two handed alley oops … Payton has good form and rotation on his jump shot and has a developing mid range and long distance game.  While he is an older prospect Paton’s biggest strength is his strong work ethic: his havoc causing intensity on defense and his development over the course of this season is remarkable …  He has made great strides in his development into a lead guard as early on this season he was viewed more as a 2 -3 and has become more into a 1-2 combo guard which would be required at the next level … He is the star player on one of the surprise teams in the NCAAs as Oregon State was thought to be the doormat of the Pac 12 in preseason rankings and will be at worst NIT Bound …

Weaknesses: As mentioned,  Payton is older than most of his competition at 22 years old having spent a prep season in Arizona limiting his potential upside for most analytics … To complicate things as a late bloomer he has limited experience playing at the elite level.  Furthermore his time spent in Utah Junior college has limited his exposure to scouts and to competition… Thus putting greater risk on an organization to see him perform at a consistent level…He needs to work on his ability to set teammates up and running a team averaging over 2 turnovers per game to only 3 assist per game …  Handles could be honed some in particular his left… His outside shooting is his biggest weakness… While rotation and release is clean on his shot his release speed and arc could use some refining… He has improved his free throw shooting from the JC by 15% but still is only at 67% for the season at Oregon State and is under 30% from 3 point range…

Notes: Son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton… Attended Salt Lake City Community College … Measured 6’2.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’6.5’’ wingspan and 185 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy

Eric Guilleminault 2/28/15