A fairly rare mix of center length, explosive forward leaping ability, & guard shooting skill. Able to explode over opposing big men for huge dunks in the paint, while also regularly hitting his free-throws and stretching the 'D' with consistent 3-point shooting. Hustles, and can create his own shot. Mature, and high-character.
Somewhat thin for the NBA post, which limits him a little as a rebounder. Could be much more of a shot-blocker on the defensive end (considering his great wingspan and hops). Has the hands to be a little more productive in the passing department.
Explosive big man with a polished perimeter shooting game.
Movements & Injuries
Recalled from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBADL).
Missed 10 games (plantar fasciaitis).
Assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBADL).
Plantar fasciaitis, day-to-day.
Signed by the Atlanta Hawks.
Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (15th overall) in 2014.
Hawks rookie Adreian Payne said that he hopes to develop a more consistent jump shot.
"Coach wanted us to play defense, rebound and run the floor," Payne said. The Hawks aren't likely to thrust their No. 15 pick into a huge role immediately, and it was clear during Summer League that Payne will need some seasoning at the NBA level. He averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in Las Vegas, but shot only 37.5 percent from the field with 3.5 turnovers and 4.8 fouls in under 29 minutes per game.
Adreian Payne plays well in loss | 07/19/2014 8:16 PM
Adreian Payne made 4-of-15 from the field for 11 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.
He shot 1-of-8 from downtown and the Hawks really seem to be giving him the green light from out there. Payne shot at least four attempts from downtown in each of his six games in Vegas, which explains why his field goal percentage was below 40 percent in that span. He is at least a couple years away.
No Payne, no gain: Adreian struggles again | 07/15/2014 6:11 PM
Adreian Payne had another rough showing on Tuesday wit 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven boards, two fouls, two 3-pointers and seven turnovers.
He has been playing too far away from the basket and it's led to a lot of big mistakes. Payne isn't having a great time out there in Vegas and he'll really need to redefine himself if this week is any indication.
Adreian Payne scores 12 in debut | 07/12/2014 7:14 PM
Adreian Payne missed all four attempts from beyond the arc as part of his 5-of-15 shooting line, scoring 12 points with seven boards, one assist, one steal, four turnovers and eight fouls in 30 minutes.
It was a sloppy game from the rookie, but he showed why the Hawks grabbed him. The four 3-point attempts are an interesting development and further support how much the Hawks love the long ball. Payne won't be worth drafting in almost any league.
Adreian Payne will play in Summer League | 06/27/2014 5:09 PM
Newly drafted rookies Adreian Payne and Lamar Patterson stated that they intend to play in the Las Vegas Summer League next month.
Payne is a capable scorer, but there's not much opportunity for him from a fantasy perspective playing behind Al Horford and Paul Millsap. Lamar Patterson also may find himself a bit buried in the rotation behind guys Shelvin Mack and Dennis Schroder, but the Summer League is a place where these guys can showcase themselves a bit. It's unknown if Walter Tavares will play as there's still contract issues to be resolved.
Adreian Payne going to the ATL at 15 | 06/26/2014 9:09 PM
The Hawks took Michigan State forward Adreian Payne with the 15th pick of the draft.
He started off his NCAA tournament with a bang, scoring 41 points against Delaware on Mar. 20, so that outburst probably helped his stock tremendously. Payne also boasts a 7'4" wingspan to go with his 6'10", 239-pound frame and shot a combined 81.9 percent from the line in his last two seasons. The Hawks were razor thin in the paint after Al Horford went down to a pectoral tear, so he'll get to learn a lot from Horford and Paul Millsap. He's a fairly polished big man, but won't be a factor to start the season.