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Adreian Payne will add versatility to any NBA team.
Adreian Payne should be one of the first big men taken in the 2014 NBA draft.
According to NBADraft.net, he has an overall rating of 87 (on a scale of 100).
If that's anything like a high-school recruit ranking, Payne figures to be a 4-star NBA prospect. According to rivals.com, he was a 5-star prepster while starring at Jefferson High (Dayton, Ohio).
At 6'10" and 240 pounds, Payne possesses a unique skill set that's becoming more desired by professional clubs. He's not just a tree standing under the basket. He can shoot, rebound and run the floor, and he's incredibly athletic.
Josh Cochran of NBADraft.net put together the following scouting report on Payne, which appears to stem from 2009. Not sure if there's an error there, but the date is posted directly underneath the report.
Has tremendous raw talent, but a questionable motor … Payne has the tendency to disappear for stretches and for entire games … Displays poor shot selection as he often settles for lazy, forced jumpers instead of using his strength and athleticism to attack the basket … Does not possess much of a perimeter game with an inconsistent jumper and limited ball-handling skills … Needs time in college to develop his skills and understanding of the game …
Payne's motor shouldn't be in question any longer. He played with a level of emotion nearly unmatched by anyone in college this past season. His personal and athletic growth have been noteworthy.
If the scouting report is indeed from 2009, it needs to be updated. Payne has a jumper. Payne attacks the basket. He doesn't settle for "lazy" shots.
In its 2014 mock, NBADraft.net has the Los Angeles Clippers selecting Payne with the No. 15 pick of the first round (as of June 23, 2013). Imagine Payne with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. The term "Lob City" will certainly be used a lot more with the Spartans big man entering the fold.