Gary Payton

Gary Payton

29-Year-Old GuardG
Golden State Warriors
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Payton appeared in 10 games for the Warriors last season, totaling 25 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, one assist and one block over 40 minutes. He should again be a depth option and defensive specialist for the Warriors in the backcourt. Barring something extreme and unforeseen, Payton won't be relevant in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.94 million contract with the Warriors in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Gary Dwayne Payton II was born in 1992 in Seattle, WA. He is the son of Monique and NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton. The younger Payton is sometimes called "The Mitten" in reference to his dad's nickname, "The Glove." Payton II has two brothers and a sister. Payton first attended Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV, where he played basketball and was a member of the swim team. For his senior season (2011-12), Payton transferred to Westwind Prepatory Academy in Phoenix, AZ. After high school, Payton spent two years at Salt Lake Community College before transferring to his father's alma mater, Oregon State. During his college days, his favorite athlete was Ronda Rousey. Fans can follow the 6-foot-3 guard on Instagram (@garydwayne). Payton first played two seasons of college ball at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. During his freshman season as a Bruin, he averaged 9.4 points, 6.2 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals. Payton led SLCC to a 29-5 record, the Region 18 Championship and the SWAC Title. Over his second season, Payton's numbers improved to 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.8 dimes per contest, which led to his earning Second-Team NJCAA Divison I All-American honors. Payton then transferred to his famous father's alma mater, Oregon State. During his first season as a Beaver, Payton led the team in scoring, rebounds and steals. Payton finished the year second in the nation in steals with 3.1 per game. He was voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. During his senior year, he started all 32 games and averaged 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in 34.3 minutes. Payton became the first two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and was again named to the All-Pac-12 First Team.

Light minutes in first game back
GGolden State Warriors
January 19, 2022
Payton (back) played 14 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's 102-86 win over the Pistons, finishing with five points (2-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist.
ANALYSIS
Tuesday's game marked one of the few times all season in which the Warriors had all of Payton, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole available. Unsurprisingly, Payton -- who was returning from a two-game absence -- finished fourth among those guards in minutes, and he only marginally inched out Damion Lee (12 minutes) for playing time. Thompson will likely sit out one half of back-to-back sets moving forward, but he should gradually ramp up his playing time, which will leave less opportunities available for Payton. Unless the Warriors lose one of their other key guards to a long-term injury, Payton will represent little more than a streaming option for steals, rebounds and field-goal percentage rather than a must-roster player in 12-team leagues.
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Available Tuesday
GGolden State Warriors
January 18, 2022
Payton (back) is available for Tuesday's matchup against the Pistons, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Upgraded to probable
GGolden State Warriors
Back
January 18, 2022
Payton (back) is now listed as probable for Tuesday's contest against the Pistons.
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Could return Tuesday
GGolden State Warriors
Back
January 17, 2022
Payton (back) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit.
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Ruled out Sunday
GGolden State Warriors
Back
January 16, 2022
Payton (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Timberwolves, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Questionable Sunday
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Back
January 15, 2022
Payton (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.
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