Payne went for 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game in eight Las Vegas Summer League contests.
Despite his strong summer, Payne may not have even been the team's best player thanks to the shows put on courtesy of both Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones. However, Minnesota would be foolish to overlook Payne's strong performance. The former Michigan State product led the Timberwolves in the rebounding department this summer. Unfortunately for Payne, Minnesota has a plethora of bigs such as Karl Anthony-Towns and Nikola Pekovic which is likely to restrict much if not all of his production.
Adreian Payne saw just 9.3 minutes per game in 2015, after averaging 24.8 minutes to conclude the 2014 campaign.
The Wolves traded for Payne amidst the 2014 season, and the big man finished said campaign averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 boards across 24.8 minutes per game. However, Minnesota's drafting of C Karl-Anthony Towns this past summer left Payne without much playing time in 2015. Under interim HC Sam Mitchell, Payne saw just 9.3 minutes per game en route to averages of 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Fortunately for Payne, the Wolves hired coach Tom Thibodeau to lead their squad for the foreseeable future. Thibodeau has a similar coaching style to that of Payne's coach in college, Tom Izzo, leaving it not too farfetched to think the big man could carve out a sizable role off the bench for Minnesota in 2016. Granted, if the Wolves were to draft another big man this offseason, Payne could alternatively see his role reduced even further.
Adreian Payne recorded seven points, four rebounds, and three steals in Monday's 129-105 loss to the Rockets.
Payne took full advantage during his nine minutes of playing time after not seeing any action in the Minnesota Timberwolves ' previous game. The second-year player took six shots from the field and went 3-6 at the free-throw line. His three steals were a career-high.
Adreian Payne went scoreless (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) but produced four rebounds and four assists in 11 minutes during the Minnesota Timberwolves ' 99-79 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
Payne had not played in the five previous games, but matched his career high with four dimes on Wednesday. Still, it was the blowout nature of the contest that allowed Payne minutes, and he is not worth rostering in fantasy.
Adreian Payne provided seven points (2-6 FG, 3-4 FT) and eight rebounds across 21 minutes during the Mavericks' 128-101 loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.
Payne hadn't scored seven or more points in a game since back on Dec. 28, and his eight rebounds were a season-high. He averaged 2.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11 minutes per game during February, and even those were the best numbers he has been able to muster up since November.
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