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OKC’s Cameron Payne So Important for Team, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook


Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne (22) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless (19) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports) –


I have seen enough.  Cameron Payne is the real deal.  The sample might be somewhat small, but this point guard out of Murray State can ball, and his play might be one big reason that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook stay in Oklahoma City for their careers. Payne gives OKC a point guard for the future which is now.  To have an effective on-floor leader when Westbrook is off the floor is an important aspect that the Thunder have to push the team to a championship.


The active first year guard is currently playing like a seasoned veteran for the Thunder, having an assist to turnover rate close to four to one.   His scoring has been a little up and down, but just like tonights game with Dallas, he continues to take his shots, at the three or on drives, and his pull  up elbow jumpers are better than average.  Payne, matter of fact, is going to have a long and successful career in the Association.


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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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