Payne dunking against North Carolina
|No. 33 – Minnesota Timberwolves|
February 19, 1991 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||237 lb (108 kg)|
|High school||Jefferson Township (Dayton, Ohio)|
|College||Michigan State (2010–2014)|
|NBA draft||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|2014||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Adreian DeAngleo Payne (born February 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Michigan State University.
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.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Dayton, OH||Jefferson||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||Oct 29, 2009|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 95|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 8 Rivals: 5|
As a freshman, Payne averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, playing in 34 games.
In his sophomore season, he led the team 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.
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 (324 starts), he averaged 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game. Payne was named to the Second Team All Big Ten, along with Michigan State teammates Keith Appling and Gary Harris.
Coming into his senior year, Payne was on the preseason Naismith and Wooden Award watchlists. CBS Sports selected him to the preseason Third Team All-America. He was named to the Midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watchlist. Payne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week. He missed seven games due to suffering an ankle injury. At the conclusion of the regular season Payne was named Second Team All-Big Ten.
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. 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. Holsworth, who battled with a nerve cancer known as 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. Holsworth, also known as "Princess Lacey", died from her cancer on April 8, 2014.
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. 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. 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. 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. He was recalled by the Hawks on November 23, reassigned on November 28, and recalled again on December 6.
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. On December 22, he was recalled by the Hawks, 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. On December 30, the flexible assignment rule was again used to assign Payne to Austin. He was recalled again on January 12, 2015.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2015–present)
On February 10, 2015, Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected future first-round pick. 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.
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. On January 25, 2016, using the flexible assignment rule, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks, the D-League affiliate of the Orlando Magic. He was recalled by the Timberwolves on February 1.
NBA career statistics
|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|
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- "2012-13 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team" (PDF). BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 11, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Includes Ten Big Ten Players". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. November 12, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "Big Ten Men's Basketball Release - Weekend Edition: Big Ten went 11-1 during the week". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. November 21, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- "CBSSports.com 2013-14 Preseason All-American teams". CBS Sports. February 27, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- "Four Big Ten Players Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. January 22, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- "Michigan State and Indiana Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Michigan State's Adreian Payne named Player of the Week; Indiana's Noah Vonleh tabbed Freshman of the Week". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- "Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
- "Adreian Payne expected to play Thursday against Penn State". Lansing State Journal. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
- "Big Ten Announces 2014 Men's Basketball Postseason Honors: Michigan's Stauskas named Big Ten Player of the Year". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-10.
- "This Pair's Beautiful Friendship Will Fill Your Heart with March Gladness". Huffington Post. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Adreian Payne Forms a Special Bond with Girl Battling Cancer". People.com. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Biggest Star of March Madness Is an 8-Year-Old Girl Fighting Cancer". Mashable.com. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Lacey Holsworth, 8, dies of cancer". ESPN.com. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Hawks Select Adreian Payne With 15th Pick". NBA.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- "Hawks Sign First-Round Draft Pick Adreian Payne". NBA.com. July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
- "Adreian Payne injury: Hawks' rookie out with plantar fasciitis in left foot". PeachTree Hoops.com. October 31, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
- "Atlanta Hawks Assign Payne To Fort Wayne Mad Ants". NBA.com. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- "Atlanta Hawks Recall Payne From Fort Wayne Mad Ants". NBA.com. November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- "Hawks Assign Payne, Jenkins to Mad Ants". OurSportsCentral.com. November 28, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- "Hawks recall rookie Payne from Fort Wayne". NBA.com. December 6, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- "Atlanta Hawks Assign Adreian Payne to Austin Spurs". OurSportsCentral.com. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- "Hawks recall Adreian Payne from D-League again". InsideHoops.com. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
- "Perfect 10: Dudley doesn't miss, Bucks rout Hawks". NBA.com. December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
- "Atlanta Hawks Assign John Jenkins To Idaho Stampede and Adreian Payne To Austin Spurs". NBA.com. December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- "Atlanta Hawks Recall Adreian Payne from Austin Spurs". OurSportsCentral.com. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
- "Wolves Acquire Forward Adreian Payne from Atlanta". NBA.com. February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- "Redick, Jordan lead short-handed Clippers past Wolves, 89-76". NBA.com. March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- "Timberwolves Exercise Team Options on Five Players". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
- "Wolves Assign Adreian Payne to Erie BayHawks of NBA Development League". NBA.com. January 25, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- "Wolves Recall Adreian Payne from NBA Development League’s Erie BayHawks". NBA.com. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- "ADREIAN PAYNE INJURY UPDATE". NBA.com. February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
- "Adreian Payne out indefinitely with blood disorder". USAToday.com. February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.