The Raptors 905 continue to set the standard for identifying and bringing in worthy talent in the NBA G League.
The league today announced that Gary Payton II, who was selected by the 905 in the 2020 G League Draft, has been named Defensive Player of the year for the 2020-21 season.
congrats to our Defensive Player of the Year, @GaryPaytonJr20 🏆- NBA G League (@nbagleague) March 19, 2021
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The 28-year-old Payton is the son of Hall of Famer Gary Payton, who was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year for the 1995-96 season. This past season, the younger Payton led the NBA G League with 2.54 steals over 13 games to go along with averages of 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
.@GaryPaytonJr20 led the G League with 2.54 SPG and finished second in total steals (33) to go with 10.8 PTS, 5.6 REB, and 2.6 AST in 13 games pic.twitter.com/u109azxS45- NBA G League (@nbagleague) March 19, 2021
Payton becomes the latest member of the Raptors 905 franchise to receive season-ending honours as the franchise has had two of the league's last four Most Valuable Players and three of the last five Defensive Players of the Year.
|2020-21||Gary Payton II||Defensive Player of the Year|
|2018-19||Chris Boucher||Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year|
|2017-18||Lorenzo Brown||Most Valuable Player|
|2016-17||Edy Tavares||Defensive Player of the Year|
Payton, who went undrafted in 2016, has appeared in 61 NBA games over four seasons and made 17 starts with the Washington Wizards in the 2019-20 season. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Payton's familiarity with the Raptors system makes him a candidate for a potential call-up in the near future.
This season, Toronto has signed G League big men Henry Ellenson and Donta Hall to 10-day contracts. Should there be a need for an addition to the guard rotation, Payton is a likely candidate for a call-up.
The Raptors 905 finished the shortened 2020-21 G League season with a league-leading 12-3 record. The team advanced to the semifinals of the single-elimination G League playoffs, where it would be eliminated by the Delaware Blue Coats.
Stick with NBA.com for updates on any potential call ups of standouts from the most recent G League season.
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