One of the most electric players to come through the Oregon State men’s basketball program continues his NBA journey and has found a new home in the NBA G-League.
On Monday, Gary Payton II was selected with the No. 15 overall pick by Raptors 905 in the NBA G-League Draft.
Raptors 905 is the G-League affiliate to the Toronto Raptors.
The G-League canceled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season back in early June due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On January 8, 2021, the league announced its return to the court beginning in February 2021.
The NBA G League announced today that 18 teams, including 17 NBA G League teams and G League Ignite, will take to the court in February at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. The top eight teams will advance to a single-elimination playoff, according to the G-League website.
Oregon State Beavers fans will be pleased to see a familiar name pop up in the draft held on Monday.
Payton’s two-year career in Corvallis, Oregon (2014-2015, 2015-2016) was short and sweet. In just two years, the Seattle, WA-native finished with 927 points, 482 rebounds, 259 assists, 175 steals and 53 blocked shots.
He averaged 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.8 steals in 63 games and became the first player to be voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year twice. Payton was selected to the USBWA (U.S. Basketball Writers Association) All-District-IX Team in both his senior and junior seasons and also named to the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Division I All-District 20 First Team (senior year) and Second Team (junior year).
After a quick two seasons at Oregon State, Payton went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 6’3” guard bounced around in the G-League playing for the Milwaukee Herd (Milwaukee Bucks), South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers), Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and the Capital City Go-Go (Washington Wizards).
The 27-year-old averaged 20.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.9 steals per game in 18 games played throughout the 2019-2020 G-League season.
Most recently, Payton played 29 games with the Washington Wizards during the 2019-2020 season. He averaged 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
Now, Payton will take his talents north to Canada and join Raptors 905 for the 2021 NBA G-League season.