The son of NBA legend Gary Payton, who was affectionately known as “The Glove” for his defensive prowess, Milwaukee Bucks guard Gary Payton II is continuing to show that a strong knack for “locking up” on the defensive side of things definitely runs in the family. He proved that belief to be true once again on Friday night, when Payton II kicked off his Las Vegas NBA Summer League stint with the Milwaukee Bucks with an impressive all-around performance, which included a stunning five steals, in a 82-53 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Payton II also chipped in 10 points on 4-7 shooting from the field, in addition to 4 rebounds and 3 assists, as one of Milwaukee’s few stand-out performers on the day. Guard Rashad Vaughn (UNLV) led all Bucks’ players with 12 points, followed by forward D.J. Wilson (Michigan) who finished 11 points. For Cleveland, a balanced effort of seven different scorers tallying 8-12 points, led by forward Edy Tavares (Spain), was the difference for the reigning Eastern Conference Champions.
The next chance to see Payton II perform again is when the Bucks return to action on Sunday, July 9th at 3 PM PT on NBA TV against the Brooklyn Nets. However, on Saturday, be sure to check out fellow Oregon State alum Jared Cunningham suit up for the Washington Wizards at 1 PM PT on ESPNU against the Memphis Grizzlies. Cunningham will be hoping to make the Wizards roster after spending last season playing abroad in China.