Adreian DeAngleo Payne was (born February 19, 1991) in Dayton, Ohio he started playing basketball at an early age. His basketball career foundation really started to be layed when Payne played high school basketball for Jefferson High School. He posted averages of 15.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a senior. As a senior, he led Jefferson to a Division IV state championship and a 19-5 record. The Dayton Daily News named him first-team All-Area.

In his college basketball days the The legendary Tom Izzo coached him during all four of his years at Michigan State. n his sophomore season, he led the team in blocks (39) and finished seventh in the Big 10. In 37 games (36 starts), he averaged 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection. As a junior, Payne led the Big Ten in free-throw ercentage (.848) and blocked a total of 46 shots, good for sixth all-time for a Michigan State player. In 36 games (24 starts), he averaged 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game. Payne was named to the Second Team All Big Ten, along with Michigan State

Atlanta Hawks (2014–2015)
On June 26, 2014, Payne was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. On July 25, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks after averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Minnesota Timberwolves (2015–2017)
On February 10, 2015, Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected future first-round pick. On March 9, 2015, while starting in place of Kevin Garnett, he had a season-best game with 16 points, and 15 rebounds in an 89–76 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. On October 21, 2015, the Timberwolves exercised their third-year team option on Payne’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season.

Orlando Magic (2017–2018)
On August 21, 2017, Payne signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic. Under the stipulations of the deal, he spent the majority of the 2017–18 season with Orlando’s NBA G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic.