Cameron Payne has yet to officially put on a Thunder jersey, but he and thunder personnel say there's an up and down journey ahead.
One thing everyone seemed to agree on was that the Memphis product knows how to play his position on the floor.
“He's got a lot of traits that really translate in terms of the position,” Thunder General Manager, Sam Presti, said. “He's got a great since of space on the floor and the ball moves on the floor, and I think additionally to that he makes the game easy for others.”
Some families may go into the medical field others may all become lawyers.
For the Payne’s playing point guard is the family business.
Cameron is the latest in line after his father, brother and even his aunt played the position on the basketball court, and they all say it's all about bragging rights.
“My Dad played and he taught my brother they always say the youngest one comes out the best one,” Cameron Payne said. “My Dad he just taught me growing up, just, always keep your teammates involved, and I learned that at an early age and it really helps me now days because I still implement those same things.”
“We are a real tight knit family,” Tony Payne Sr., Cameron’s father, said. “Even growing up when I was young any time we would group up at the house, because we were always meeting together, we played basketball. Everybody had something to prove, and Cameron's the last of the group. He inherited his mother's height, he turned out to be a pretty good point guard and he's representing us all pretty well.”
Tony Payne Jr. is four years Cameron's senior and fresh off playing college ball at Lane College. Tony Jr. is set to move to OKC, to watch over his little brother, and says he'll play with the best team in the NBA.
“I don't feel like there's a better situation,” Payne Jr. said. “The way my brother plays he loves to get the ball up the floor and Russell loves to get up the floor, get up and down, so those two playing together, it's just a perfect situation.”