Gary Payton

Gary Payton

31-Year-Old GuardG
Golden State Warriors
GTD
Injury Illness
Est. Return 2/23/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After a season ruined by injury, Payton will be looking to get back on track after being traded back to Golden State from Portland midway through the 2022-23 season. In just 16.7 minutes per game, he averaged 4.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals, good enough for top-210 value. Assuming he is fit and ready to go, Payton is likely to see close to 20 minutes per night. He should remain an elite source of steals, while also providing an efficient yet unsexy offensive game. He will split guard minutes with Cory Joseph and Moses Moody, with all three having a strong claim to backup minutes. The Mitten is not someone managers need to concern themselves with on draft day, but rather monitor the situation moving forward, looking for streaming opportunities. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $17.02 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2022. Traded to the Warriors in February of 2023. Contract includes $9.13 million player option for 2024-25.
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.

Won't play Thursday
GGolden State Warriors
Illness
February 22, 2024
Payton (illness) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Lakers.
ANALYSIS
Payton was questionable for Thursday's matchup due to an illness, and he'll be unavailable for the Warriors' first game following the All-Star break. Lester Quinones and Moses Moody could see additional run Thursday.
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How does Gary Payton compare to other players?
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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    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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  • Total Rebound %
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  • Turnover %
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True Shooting %
58.8%
 
Effective Field Goal %
57.5%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
37.6%
 
Free Throw Rate
11.8%
 
Offensive Rebound %
7.2%
 
Defensive Rebound %
12.8%
 
Total Rebound %
10.0%
 
Assist %
8.4%
 
Steal %
2.7%
 
Block %
2.0%
 
Turnover %
9.2%
 
Usage %
14.4%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
14.2
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.9
 
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Making good progress
GGolden State Warriors
December 21, 2023
The Warriors announced Thursday that Payton, who has been sidelined since Nov. 28 with a strained right calf, is making good progress in his rehab.
ANALYSIS
Payton has been cleared to begin "participating in various parts of team practice," and he's scheduled to be re-evaluated early next week. That means there should be another update on his status around Christmas. It will be interesting to see what kind of role Payton will have upon his return, as the Warriors have been relying heavily on Brandin Podziemski.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
Payton composed a career year last season with the Warriors. He's been bouncing around the league after entering as a 23-year-old rookie in 2016-17 with Milwaukee before settling into the Golden State rotation last year, averaging 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.9 assists in 17.6 minutes across 71 appearances (16 starts). The standout piece of Payton's game is his defense, but he also plays within himself on offense, allowing him to shoot 61.6 percent from the field and a quality 35.8 percent from three on 1.7 attempts per game. He spent most of his time in the corners, cutting to the basket or hanging around in the dunker's spot. He took 54 percent of his shots at the rim (99th percentile for combo guards) and 20 percent of his shots from the corner (92nd percentile). Golden State didn't have enough space to play him in the rotation more often, but he was one of the best per-36-minute fantasy players in the NBA, ranking 45th in that metric, with his true per-game rank being 195th. During the offseason, Payton received a three-year, $28 million contract from the Trail Blazers. Payton should come off the bench again, but he figures to have an opportunity for more minutes and potentially a sixth-man role in the backcourt. Some of that will depend on how NBA-ready Shaedon Sharpe -- the No. 7 pick in the draft -- is to start the year. But it would be surprising for Payton not to see at least 20 minutes per game given how little depth Portland has and how much money the organization committed to him. Fantasy managers in standard leagues are taking a risk grabbing him with a final pick, but those in deep leagues should strongly consider adding Payton. If Damian Lillard or Anfernee Simons misses time, Payton should see increased minutes, and his steals production will be significant.
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.
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Iffy to face Lakers
GGolden State Warriors
Illness
February 21, 2024
Payton is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Lakers due to illness, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Perfect from field since return
GGolden State Warriors
February 13, 2024
Payton posted 11 points (4-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes Monday in the Warriors' 129-107 win over the Jazz.
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Not on injury report
GGolden State Warriors
February 9, 2024
Payton (hamstring) is no longer on the injury report ahead of Saturday's game versus the Suns.
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Return could be near
GGolden State Warriors
Hamstring
February 6, 2024
Payton (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday and is viewed as day-to-day, Kendra Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
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Out at least two more weeks
GGolden State Warriors
Hamstring
January 22, 2024
The Warriors announced Monday that Payton (hamstring) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
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