Adreian Payne

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Adreian Payne
US Navy 111110-N-DR144-711 Michigan State University basketball player Adreian Payne dunks during a practice in the basketball arena on the flight (cropped).jpg
Payne during practice in 2011.
Personal information
Born(1991-02-19)February 19, 1991
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMay 9, 2022(2022-05-09) (aged 31)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High schoolJefferson Township (Dayton, Ohio)
CollegeMichigan State (2010–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2014–2022
PositionCenter / Power forward
Career history
2014–2015Atlanta Hawks
2014Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2014–2015Austin Spurs
20152017Minnesota Timberwolves
2016Erie BayHawks
2017–2018Orlando Magic
2017–2018Lakeland Magic
2018Panathinaikos
2018–2019Nanjing Monkey King
2019Panathinaikos
2019–2020ASVEL
2021Ormanspor
2021–2022Juventus Utena
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points429 (4.0 ppg)
Rebounds315 (2.9 rpg)
Assists66 (0.6 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Adreian DeAngleo Payne (February 19, 1991 – May 9, 2022) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Orlando Magic as well as for several European and Asian teams. Payne played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans.

High school career

Payne played high school basketball for Jefferson High School. He posted averages of 15.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a senior. As a senior, he led Jefferson to a Division IV state championship and a 19–5 record. The Dayton Daily News named him first-team All-Area.[1] He was named a fourth-team Parade All-American.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Adreian Payne
C
Dayton, OH Jefferson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oct 29, 2009 
5/5 stars   247Sports
N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 8   Rivals: 5
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Michigan State Commit List for 2010". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  • "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  • "ESPN – Michigan State Spartans Basketball Recruiting 2010". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  • "2010 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 4, 2009.

College career

Adreian Payne practicing before the 2011 Carrier Classic

As a freshman at Michigan State University, Payne averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, playing in 34 games.[1] During that year he was diagnosed with permanent reduced lung capacity, an ailment which affected his stamina.[3][4][5]

In his sophomore season, he led the Spartans in blocks (39) and finished seventh in the Big 10. In 37 games (36 starts), he averaged 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.[1]

As a junior, Payne led the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (.848) and blocked a total of 46 shots, good for sixth all-time for a Michigan State player. In 36 games (24 starts), he averaged 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.[1] Payne was named to the Second Team All Big Ten, along with Michigan State teammates Keith Appling and Gary Harris.[6]

Coming into his senior year, Payne was on the preseason Naismith and Wooden Award watchlists.[7][8] CBS Sports selected him to the preseason Third Team All-America.[9] He was named to the Midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watchlist.[10] Payne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week.[11][12] He missed seven games due to an ankle injury.[13] At the conclusion of the regular season Payne was named Second Team All-Big Ten.[14]

Friendship with Lacey Holsworth

During the 2013–14 college basketball season, Payne's friendship with Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old cancer patient, gained national media attention.[15] Their friendship started when Payne met Holsworth during a team-sponsored hospital visit in 2011 and the two began to text and talk frequently afterward.[16] Holsworth, who suffered from neuroblastoma, accompanied Payne at center court on Senior Night and helped him cut down the nets after 2013–14 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team won the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.[17] Holsworth, also known as "Princess Lacey", died from her cancer on April 8, 2014.[18]

Professional career

Atlanta Hawks (2014–2015)

On June 26, 2014, Payne was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.[19] On July 25, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks after averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds during the 2014 NBA Summer League.[20] After managing five preseason games for the Hawks, he was ruled out for the start of the regular season with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.[21] He subsequently missed the first ten games of the season with the injury, and upon his return, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on November 20.[22] He was recalled by the Hawks on November 23,[23] reassigned on November 28,[24] and recalled again on December 6.[25]

With the maximum allowance of four NBA players already being on assignment to the Mad Ants, the flexible assignment rule was used on December 9 so the Hawks could assign Payne to the Austin Spurs, the San Antonio Spurs' one-to-one D-League affiliate.[26] On December 22, he was recalled by the Hawks,[27] going on to make his long-awaited NBA debut four days later against the Milwaukee Bucks. He recorded 2 points and 3 rebounds in 13 minutes of action as the Hawks lost 107–77.[28] On December 30, the flexible assignment rule was again used to assign Payne to Austin.[29] He was recalled again on January 12, 2015.[30]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2015–2017)

On February 10, 2015, Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected future first-round pick.[31] On March 9, 2015, while starting in place of Kevin Garnett, he had a season-best game with 16 points, and 15 rebounds in an 89–76 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[32]

On October 21, 2015, the Timberwolves exercised their third-year team option on Payne's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season.[33] On January 25, 2016, using the flexible assignment rule, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks, the D-League affiliate of the Orlando Magic.[34] He was recalled by the Timberwolves on February 1.[35]

On February 7, 2017, Payne was ruled out indefinitely with a blood condition, having been treated for low platelet counts.[36][37] He returned to action in late March.[38]

Orlando Magic (2017–2018)

On August 21, 2017, Payne signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic.[39] Under the stipulations of the deal, he spent the majority of the 2017–18 season with Orlando's NBA G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic. On January 26, 2018, he was waived by Orlando after his name surfaced in an alleged sexual assault dating back to his freshman year in college. After an investigation, no charges were filed.[40][41]

Panathinaikos (2018)

On February 5, 2018, Payne signed with the Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League for the remainder of the 2017–18 season. His best game yet was against Spanish club Valencia recording 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. In the last game of the EuroLeague regular season, against Olimpia Milano, he started for the first time. He finished the regular season averaging 3.5 points and 4 rebounds a game in a total of eight matches played.[42]

Nanjing Tongxi Monkey King (2018–2019)

Payne started the season 2018–19 with the Nanjing Tongxi Monkey King of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.[43][44]

Return to Panathinaikos (2019)

On January 12, 2019, Payne and Panathinaikos reached an agreement that would bring the player back in Greece for a second stint with the EuroLeague club.[45] On January 13, 2019, Panathinaikos signed the center to a deal for the remainder of the season.[46] On February 17, 2019, Payne helped Panathinaikos BC to win the Greek Basketball Cup title against PAOK BC (79–73). The final was held in Heraklion, Sports Indoor Arena, Crete. Payne's second stint with the Greek club proved to be briefer than his first, as he was released on March 13, 2019.[47]

ASVEL (2019–2020)

On March 19, 2019, ASVEL Basket of the French LNB Pro A announced that they had signed Payne.[48] With ASVEL, Payne won the 2019 Pro A championship as well as the French Cup that year.[49]

Ormanspor (2021)

On February 25, 2021, Payne signed with OGM Ormanspor of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL).[50]

Juventus (2021–2022)

In December 2021, Payne signed with the Juventus Utena of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[51][52] He averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Payne parted ways with the team on February 17, 2022.[53]

Career statistics

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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Atlanta 3 0 6.3 .286 .000 .500 1.3 .0 .3 .0 1.7
2014–15 Minnesota 29 22 24.8 .418 .125 .659 5.4 1.0 .6 .3 7.2
2015–16 Minnesota 52 2 9.3 .366 .281 .654 2.1 .6 .3 .2 2.5
2016–17 Minnesota 18 0 7.5 .426 .200 .737 1.8 .4 .4 .4 3.5
2017–18 Orlando 5 0 8.6 .700 .667 .833 1.8 .0 .4 .0 4.2
Career 107 24 13.1 .406 .254 .680 2.9 .6 .4 .3 4.0

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2017–18 Panathinaikos 12 1 9.5 .579 .000 .542 2.8 0.2 0.3 0.3 4.8 4.2
Career 12 1 9.5 .579 .000 .542 2.8 0.2 0.3 0.3 4.8 4.2

Death

On May 9, 2022, Payne was fatally shot in Orlando, Florida, after he and his girlfriend had traveled to the home of Lawrence Dority in an attempt to prevent a domestic dispute.[54] Payne was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Dority claimed he felt threatened by Payne's 6'10" height and believed Payne was reaching for a weapon,[54] but he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after police determined that Payne had not posed a threat.[54][55][56]

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