Mourning in the NBA
Shot in Orlando
He could not be saved
A suspect has been charged
Payne was Draymond's teammate at Michigan State
A broken heart
Number 15 of the 2014 Draft
Atlanta, Minnesota and Orlando
Disappointing averages
A scandal from the past
From the NBA to Europe
A good season in France
Lithuania, Turkey...
Retirement in 2022
Many friends along the way
An eternal Spartan
Memories from the past
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Mourning in the NBA

Shock, pain and rage in the world of sports. Adreian Payne, a former NBA player, has died at the age of 31.

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Shot in Orlando

It happened on the streets of Orlando, Florida. For reasons that are still unknown, Adreian Payne was shot. TMZ reported the incident.

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He could not be saved

Although he arrived at the hospital alive, little could be done to save him.

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A suspect has been charged

The police are investigating the events. Within hours, they arrested a 29-year-old suspect, Lawrence Dority. He has been officially charged with first-degree murder, TMZ reports.

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Payne was Draymond's teammate at Michigan State

Adreian Payne rose to prominence playing at Michigan State, where he was the star of a team that also included Draymond Green.

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A broken heart

In fact, the Golden State Warriors power forward, and one of the current NBA stars, mourns his friend from the university team.

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Number 15 of the 2014 Draft

Adreian Payne put in such a performance at Michigan State that he was selected 15th overall in the 2014 Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

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Atlanta, Minnesota and Orlando

Curiously, the forward did not adapt to the NBA and, in four seasons, he would play no more than 107 games, between Atlanta, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.

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Disappointing averages

His averages in the NBA stayed at a meager 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, which led Orlando to cut him loose.

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A scandal from the past

His departure from Orlando Magic was also marked by a scandal from the past. It was a harassment case in which Adreian Payne had been involved in 2010, while still at Michigan State as a freshman.

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From the NBA to Europe

After a disappointing run in the NBA, Adreian Payne crossed the Atlantic. He went to play for the Greek Panathinaikos, one of the best teams in Europe at the time.

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A good season in France

After a brief stint in the Chinese League, he would return to Greece, from where he would jump to the French ASVEL Villeurbanne. He had his best season as a pro in 2019-2020.

In the photo, you see him with Luka Doncic of Real Madrid.

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Lithuania, Turkey...

Curiously, his best numbers were not enough to find a big team to sign him. Payne ended up playing for the Turkish team Mugla Ormanspor and the Lithuanian team Juventus Utena.

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Retirement in 2022

In February 2022, at the age of 31, Adreian Payne announced his retirement from professional basketball. He had a promising career behind him that never quite delivered on its promise.

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Many friends along the way

Just a few months into retirement, Adreian Payne was shot in Orlando. Now that he's dead, it becomes clear how many friends he made in the world of basketball. Many farewells have appeared on social media, such as this one from Edy Tavares.

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An eternal Spartan

Michigan State University has also said farewell to him as the great star he was. A similar goodbye came from ASVEL Villeurbanne.

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Memories from the past

Basketball player and coach Arch Miller also remembered Adreian Payne on Twitter. He recalls that he started watching him play 'in 10th grade.'

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