Offensively, it won’t be one of Gary Payton II’s games to remember.
While the Milwaukee Bucks guard did chip in 11 points in the team’s 69-65 loss to the Sacramento Kings, Payton II’s 5-13 performance from the field won’t be one for the record books. However, what should be noted from his Summer League outing on Wednesday was his strong defensive prowess, which came through to the tune of five steals for the second-time in three games of action for the Bucks this summer.
If nothing else, Payton II is proving that at the defensive end of the floor, the former two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t lost his touch just yet.
While Payton II’s focus now will likely be readying himself to crack to the rotation for the Bucks, he was also the source of some incorrect name-calling from ESPN analyst and former coach P.J. Carlesimo, who spent the majority of the broadcast referring to the Oregon State alum by the nickname “GP3” and not “GP2”.
Is someone going to correct P.J. Carlesimo who keeps calling Gary Payton II by the nickname GP3?— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) July 13, 2017
It’s these kinds of things that make you wonder what will come next at the Summer League, especially consider Payton II should be a somewhat household name at this point (considering his father was an “alright” player in his own regard). While overall it was a bad day results-wise for Beaver Nation, as fellow alum Jared Cunningham couldn’t help his Washington Wizards team to victory either, it was a strong start to the summer for both players, who should both have exciting seasons in store this winter.