Cameron Payne

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Cameron Payne
Cameron Payne (32768419091).jpg
Payne with the Thunder in 2017
No. 22 – Chicago Bulls
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-08-08) August 8, 1994 (age 24)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Lausanne Collegiate School
(Memphis, Tennessee)
College Murray State (2013–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
20152017 Oklahoma City Thunder
2015; 2017Oklahoma City Blue
2017–present Chicago Bulls
2017–2018Windy City Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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

High school career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 career[edit]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2015–2017)[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

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 season[edit]

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–present)[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.[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 23, 2018, he had a career-high 17 points and six assists in a 118–105 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

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

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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
Career 113 15 15.4 .386 .340 .750 1.8 2.4 0.7 .2 5.9

Playoffs[edit]

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
Career 11 0 6.2 .286 .273 .500 .5 .7 .2 .2 1.9

College[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grant, Michael (November 7, 2014). "Payne hopes to copy Canaan's success at Murray". Courier-Journal.com. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Dauster, Rob (October 24, 2014). "Cameron Payne didn't expect to fill Isaiah Canaan's void at Murray State, but he did". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Spears, Marc (June 21, 2015). "How Cameron Payne went from little-known college recruit to potential NBA lottery pick". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hurcomb, Michael (March 3, 2015). "Sophomore PG Cameron Payne takes home Ohio Valley POY honors". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Thunder Selects Cameron Payne and Dakari Johnson in the 2015 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Thunder Signs Cameron Payne". NBA.com. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Thunder beat Nuggets 117-93". NBA.com. November 1, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Cameron Payne Assigned to Oklahoma City Blue". NBA.com. December 5, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Huestis, McGary and Payne Recalled From Oklahoma City Blue". NBA.com. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Josh Huestis and Cameron Payne Assigned to Oklahoma City Blue". NBA.com. December 15, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Huestis and Payne Recalled From Oklahoma City Blue". NBA.com. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cameron Payne 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cameron Payne Injury Update". NBA.com. July 25, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  14. ^ Horne, Erik (September 25, 2016). "Cameron Payne on track to play in Thunder scrimmage on Tuesday". NewsOK.com. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Cameron Payne Injury Update". NBA.com. September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Cameron Payne Assigned to Oklahoma City Blue". NBA.com. January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Cameron Payne Recalled from Oklahoma City Blue". NBA.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Thunder's Cameron Payne to make season debut vs. Nuggets". NBA.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Westbrook's 17th triple-double lifts Thunder past Nuggets". ESPN.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Westbrook's 29 points, triple-double lead Thunder past Cavs". ESPN.com. February 9, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Bulls acquire Payne, Morrow, and Lauvergne from Thunder". NBA.com. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  22. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ "CAMERON PAYNE INJURY UPDATE". NBA.com. September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Simmons' late FTs gives 76ers 116-115 win over Bulls". ESPN.com. February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Bucks overcome sluggish start to beat Bulls 118-105". ESPN.com. March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 

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