Former Murray State standout Cameron Payne is making the most of his second appearance in the NBA Summer League.
The second-year player leads the Thunder averaging 20.5 points in the Thunder’s two summer league games. That number leads the team, and is second of all scorers in Orlando, behind only former Duke star Justice Winslow.
Payne made headlines Saturday after burying a game-winning three-pointer with three seconds remaining to give the Thunder a win over the Mavericks. It was Payne’s only made three of the game.
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On Sunday, Payne scored a game-high 25-points, thanks in part to a 14-14 performance from the free-throw line. Payne left that game in the third quarter, after a collision left him grimacing. He would return to the game. Thunder summer league coach Mark Diagneault said Payne took a knee-to-knee shot, but said ultimately it was only a stinger.
[Payne] is second of all scorers in Orlando, behind only former Duke star Justice Winslow.
Payne is one of three players on the Thunder’s regular season roster from a year ago playing with the summer league squad, joining forwards Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary. Of the three, Payne, the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, played the most minutes, seeing the floor in 57 of the Thunder’s 82 regular-season games.
The Thunder have three more games as part of the Orlando Summer League: two are Monday, July 4th against Charlotte, and Wednesday, July 5th against Indiana. Both games start at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The Thunder’s final game will be on Friday, July 8th. The tip time for that game won’t be set until all games are finished on Thursday.
Former Austin Peay standout Chris Horton, who made the Miami Heat’s summer league roster, did not play in either of the Heat’s first two summer league games. Corey Walden, who played at Eastern Kentucky, is on the Boston Celtics summer league squad. They start play in Utah Monday night.