It took some convincing, but Gary Payton II has finally gotten his chance with a guaranteed NBA contract, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.
That convincing took place on the court over the course of the past eight games played, in which the shooting guard has averaged 6.0 PPG on an efficient 42.3% shooting, 4.8 RPG and 3.0 APG. Payton II has filled in admirably in what was a roster stretched as thin as possible, starting six times.
Payton II has helped Washington to some of its best wins as a team this season.
In those eight games, the Wizards have upset the likes of the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, and Boston Celtics. Results like those with such a depleted roster made the decision a welcomed one.
The son of the legendary Hall of Fame guard, Payton was called on to come in through an approved hardship exception given to the Wizards by the NBA, and his defense has yielded significant playing time for the four-year player. Eight of the 15 Wizards players were unavailable at the time of his initial signing, most notably with injuries to Bradley Beal and a suspension for Isaiah Thomas. Payton played to a 10-day contract with Washington last season.
If the upsets keep coming, Payton II's guaranteed contract will come as another victory under first-year GM Tommy Sheppard.
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