Cameron Payne

Cameron Payne

29-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was some thought Payne would take over starting point guard duties in Phoenix when Chris Paul was traded, but the Suns had other ideas. Payne was moved shortly after the Paul deal, being shipped to San Antonio, where he was waived in mid-September. He latched on with Milwaukee before training camp and will serve as the primary backup to Damian Lillard as the Bucks completely shuffled their backcourt. Payne has been extremely productive in a bench role over the last two years, averaging 10.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.3 threes across 21 minutes a night. His biggest issue is his efficiency, shooting 41 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.89 million contract with the Bucks in October of 2023. Traded to the 76ers in February of 2024.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Payne was born Aug. 8, 1994 in Bartlett, Tennessee to Tony and Leshawn Payne. He attended Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, growing from 5-foot-5 as a freshman to 6-foot as a senior. He led the high school to a 2013 Division II state title. As a senior, he averaged 20 points and 10 assists with four rebounds and was named Mr. Basketball. After high school, he attended Murray State for two seasons of college ball. During his sophomore season, he averaged 20.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 32.2 minutes. After the season, he was named the OVC Player of the Year and proceeded to declare for the NBA Draft. Payne attended Murray State for two seasons. As a freshman, he started all 34 of his appearances, averaging 16.8 points, 5.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals. That resulted in him being named OVC Freshman of the Year. Arguably his best effort as a freshman was Mar. 27 against Towson, where Payne totaled 24 points (8-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, five steals and four rebounds in 30 minutes. As a sophomore, Payne improved his numbers, averaging 20.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals. As a result, he was voted OVC Player of the Year in 2015. In arguably his best performance as a sophomore, the guard recorded 32 points (10-19 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-12 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Returns to bench
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 12, 2024
Payne isn't in the starting five for Friday's game versus the Magic, Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
ANALYSIS
Kyle Lowry will reclaim his starting spot from Payne on Friday after missing Philadelphia's previous two contests with a knee injury. Payne is averaging 7.4 points, 2.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 15.0 minutes across his last 10 appearances coming off the bench.
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This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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60.3%
 
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57.2%
 
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59.0%
 
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0.8%
 
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8.7%
 
Total Rebound %
4.8%
 
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20.6%
 
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1.3%
 
Block %
0.4%
 
Turnover %
8.1%
 
Usage %
16.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
12.2
 
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0.8
 
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Could be dealt
GPhoenix Suns
July 12, 2023
Payne has been the subject of trade talks, Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports reports.
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The 28-year-old guard delivered solid numbers as a bench player over 48 games last season and had his $6.5 million salary for 2023-24 fully guaranteed in late June, but Phoenix may not see Payne as an ideal fit in a backcourt now led by Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. A multi-team trade that would send Pacers guard T.J. McConnell to the Suns has been one of the scenarios discussed if Payne gets shipped out.
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After breaking out during the 2021 playoffs (9.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds across 22 games), Payne started the 2021-22 campaign with a sizable role, posting 10.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 20.6 minutes across his first 39 games. However, he ultimately struggled with his efficiency late in the season, shooting just 34.6 percent from the field across his last 20 appearances. During the Suns' second-round loss to the Mavericks, the lefty point guard posted just 2.9 points (28.1 FG%) in 11.7 minutes across the seven-game series. Regardless, on the season, he still averaged 10.8 points -- career high for a full season -- and a career-high 4.9 assists per game. However, as mentioned, he struggled with his efficiency, shooting just 40.9 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from three after shooting 48.4 percent and 44.0 percent, respectively, a year prior. The Suns added Damion Lee and Josh Okogie this offseason, but neither should push Payne for the top backup spot behind Chris Paul. As a starter last year (12 games), Payne averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 29.8 minutes. Even if Payne doesn't garner a major role as a backup, he'll still be fantasy relevant as a fill-in for Paul, who figures to get periodic veteran rest days throughout his age-37 season.
After five years of limited NBA action, as well as stints in China and the G League, Payne seems to have finally found a home in Phoenix. Following strong bubble play in 2020, Payne's contract was picked up for a second season, and he saw consistent play as the first guard off the bench (18.0 minutes per game, 48.4 FG%, 89.3 FT%, 3.6 assists, 8.4 points). During the offseason, he was rewarded for his production with a three-year $19 million contract. This season, Payne will continue to be called on to back up Chris Paul at point guard, but he can also play alongside Paul, as he did for stints during the playoffs. With Payne's role as backup point guard and offensive spark off the bench solidified, expect him to log solid sixth-man minutes. Payne actually has a close relationship with Monty Williams (who was associate head coach in 2015 when Payne was on the Thunder) and if Williams can squeeze even more out of the electric guard, fantasy owners who take a flier on Payne with a late-round pick may be rewarded with production even higher than last year.
Payne joined the Suns in 2019-20, appearing with his fourth team in five NBA seasons. He experienced his best statistical season to date, averaging 10.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steals - all career highs, save the assists. This season, Payne will serve as the primary backup to new arrival Chris Paul, and Payne should be a key reserve in his sixth year. With Kelley Oubre out the door, there are additional scoring opportunities up for grabs, and Payne could provide a spark off the bench. He's a worthwhile add in deeper leagues, and he could become immediately relevant in 12-team leagues if Chris Paul is forced to miss time at any point.
Payne's 2018-19 campaign was certainly one to forget. After making 31 appearances (12 starts) with the Bulls to start the season, he was waived in January. Shortly after, he signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Cavaliers but wasn't kept around for the rest of the season, and with that, his fourth NBA season had reached its conclusion. Across his 40 total appearances, Payne averaged 6.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists across 17.8 minutes per game while shooting a career-low 29.8 percent from three. He will look to get a fresh start in 2019-20 with the Raptors after signing a two-year deal with the defending champs. However, barring injury to either Kyle Lowry or Fred VanVleet, opportunities will certainly be hard to come by for Payne this season. That said, given that Lowry rarely ever plays a full season and VanVleet is coming off an injury-plagued campaign of his own, Payne should sparingly have the chance to log some backcourt minutes this coming season. But overall, he doesn't carry much value in terms of his likely production.
Injuries have slowed Payne’s development through his first three campaigns. However, the former 14th overall pick was able to start 14 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds across 26.5 minutes in that role. That said, with Kris Dunn a lock to start at point guard, Payne will probably be limited to exclusively a bench role this season, where he averaged 8.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds during 2017-18. Efficiency remains a problem for the Murray State product, as he’s yet to shoot over 41 percent in a season. Until that aspect of his game sees improvement, Payne will probably only have Fantasy value in deeper points formats, including DFS.
Payne opened the 2016-17 season with the Thunder, but missed a large chunk early on while recovering from a pair of fractures in his right foot. After playing just 20 games in Oklahoma City, he was eventually dealt to Chicago at the trade deadline, although that didn't help his value as a Fantasy commodity considering the presence of both Rajon Rondo and Jerian Grant. Payne ended up taking part in just 11 games with Chicago, averaging a meager 4.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 12.9 minutes. Moving forward to the 2017-18 season, Rondo is no longer in the fold at point guard, but the Bulls brought over Kris Dunn in the Jimmy Butler trade. Dunn is currently the favorite to start at point guard and Grant is still around as well, which means Payne will likely be buried once again. Unless an injury occurs, Payne should be nothing more than the team's third point guard, though there's always a chance he unseats Grant for the backup role with a strong training camp.
Payne was the Thunder's first-round pick this offseason, taken with the 14th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. As a sophomore point guard at Murray State last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 32 minutes per game. Payne is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, a below-average size in the NBA, but boasts a wingspan of 6-foot-7 inches, which should help make up for his lack of height on defense. Although he has a thin frame and isn't a high flier, Payne is an intelligent point guard with excellent passing skills. During a pre-draft workout with the Nuggets, Payne fractured his ring finger and was not able to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League. He needs to expand his range out to the NBA line, as he shot 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. He's expected to be healthy for training camp, so we'll get a look at him in preseason, but Payne's rookie season will likely be spent in the D-League and playing spot minutes as the third-string point guard behind Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin.
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Snags three steals vs. Pistons
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 9, 2024
Payne posted five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds, six assists and three steals in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 120-102 win over Detroit.
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Making another start
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 7, 2024
Payne is starting Sunday's game against San Antonio.
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Back to bench
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 4, 2024
Payne will come off the bench for Thursday's game against Miami.
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Season-best performance in start
GPhiladelphia 76ers
March 31, 2024
Payne posted 24 points (9-16 FG, 6-10 3Pt), three assists and one rebound over 38 minutes in Sunday's 135-120 win over Toronto.
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Starting Sunday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
March 31, 2024
Payne is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Toronto, Adam Aaronson of PhillyVoice.com reports.
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