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Bucks Sign Gary Payton II To Multi-Year Contract

Apr 2, 2017 1:06 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Gary Payton II to a multi-year contract. 

Payton, 24, appeared in 49 games (all starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League this season, and averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.

A 6-3 guard, Payton went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft after playing two seasons at Oregon State. Payton averaged 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals in 63 games with the Beavers and became the first player to be voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year two times. He was also an All-Pac-12 First Team selection during both of his seasons at Oregon State.

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Rockets Sign Troy Williams For Remainder Of Season

Mar 20, 2017 4:06 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed Troy Williams for the remainder of the season.

Williams has been with the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate since he was signed March 9, averaging 21.8 points on 55.2 percent shooting along with five rebounds in four games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Williams began the season with the Memphis Grizzlies and had played with the Iowa Energy of the D-League before signing with the Rockets and beginning his assignment with the Vipers. He has averaged 14.1 points in 27 D-League games this season.

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Gary Payton II Named D-League Player Of The Week

Dec 5, 2016 4:41 PM

Gary Payton II of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 4.

Payton II (6-3, 190, Oregon State) helped Rio Grande Valley to a 2-0 week behind averages of 33.0 points (second in the league), 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals. On Dec. 1, he had 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 103-83 win over the Reno Bighorns. He closed his week on Dec. 3, scoring an NBA D-League season-high 51 points on 20-of-29 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and three assists in a 140-125 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Payton II is averaging 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals in his first NBA D-League season. He also has four double-doubles in nine games.

Other top performers considered included Erie’s TJ Price, Fort Wayne’s Travis Leslie, Maine’s Demetrius Jackson, Northern Arizona’s Derrick Jones Jr., Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson, Sioux Falls’ Briante Weber, Texas’ Pierre Jackson and Windy City’s Aaron Thomas.

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