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4 Elfrid Payton PG
Height/Weight: 6-4/185 | Birthdate: 2/22/1994 | Birthplace: Gretna, LA | Team: Orlando Magic | College: Louisiana-Lafayette | NBA Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 95/69 | Average Draft Position: 93.95
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Magic G Elfrid Payton to work on improving shot in offseason


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Magic guard Elfrid Payton had a solid rookie season, posting averages of 8.9 points and 6.5 assists per game. But Payton acknowledged he needs to work on improving his jump shot as he enters this offseason. 

Payton only managed to shoot 26.2 percent on his three-point attempts and 55.1 percent at the free-throw line. As a guard, Payton knows he has to be more of a shooting threat on the offensive side of the ball. 

“The way I’m able to get into the paint now, obviously if I can shoot the ball better, it’ll open up even more things for me and even my teammates,” Payton said, via the Orlando Sentinel. “So I think every year you want to try to add something to your game, so that could be one of the things.”

Payton said he would be open to working with shooting consultant Dave Love, who helped improve Aaron Gordon's shot a year ago. 


Magic PG Elfrid Payton's 19 points, 9 rebounds not enough in loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Magic point guard Elfrid Payton scored 19 points in a 95-83 loss to the Hawks on Wednesday.

Payton also contributed nine rebounds and seven assists in the defeat.

Magic's Elfrid Payton posts second straight triple double in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Magic guard Elfrid Payton became the first player in franchise history to post back-to-back games with a triple double in Friday night's 111-104 win over the Trail Blazers. 

Payton scored 22 points, came down with 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in 37 minutes. He also became the first NBA rookie to post consecutive games with a triple double since Antoine Walker did so with the Celtics in 1997. 

'I was trying to set the tone early, [and] had a couple open looks,'' Payton said. "The ball kind of fell off the rim and I was able to get the put back. Just got it going early.''

Payton shot 10 of 13 from the field and made both of his free-throw attempts. 


Magic PG Elfrid Payton notches triple-double Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Magic rookie point guard Elfrid Payton recorded the first triple-double of his career Wednesday, scoring 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting while dishing out 12 assists and hauling in 10 rebounds in his team's 107-102 loss to the Mavericks.

In addition to the big line, Payton was almost able to put his team ahead with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter in a game where the Magic found themselves down 22 points in the third quarter but missed an open jumper.

"I think we could all say maybe he gets to the rim," coach James Borrego said after the game, per the Associated Press. "They gave him that shot, he pulled up, he shoots it with confidence, we live with it. And we trust him in that situation. This won't be the last time he's there."

Payton nearly delivered his first triple-double Sunday but came up just one rebound short. He's racked up double-digit assists four times in the month of March. The Magic take a six-game losing streak into Friday's matchup with the Blazers.


Magic rule Fournier, Ridnour, Green out of Sunday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Magic will be without Evan Fournier, Luke Ridnour and Willie Green for Sunday's game against the Celtics, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

A hip injury will cause Fournier to miss his fifth consecutive game, while a hamstring injury will keep Ridnour out of his third straight game. Guards Ben Gordon and Elfrid Payton are expected to see their roles increase. Meanwhile, Green has been ruled out with a sore Achilles’ tendon.

The Magic are 2-point underdogs.


Magic PG Elfrid Payton named to Skills Challenge


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Magic rookie point guard Elfrid Payton has been named as the replacement for 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams in the NBA Skills Challenge held Saturday.

Payton will also be representing the U.S. team during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge. He has averaged 7.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 56 games during his debut season. Payton will be up against Hawks guard and All-Star selection Jeff Teague in his first matchup Saturday.


Magic guard Elfrid Payton stuffs the stat sheet in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Magic point guard Elfrid Payton scored 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting from the field in Orlando's 96-80 loss to the Wizards Monday. 

Payton did just about everything for the Magic Monday, grabbing five rebounds, dishing out five assists and a career-high six steals. Payton, who is averaging 1.5 steals per game this season, hadn't had three or more steals in his last 10 games.


Magic fire coach Jacque Vaughn after two-plus seasons


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) After a week of reports that the front office was not happy with his job, the Orlando Magic have fired coach Jacque Vaughn on Thursday. The team will hold a press conference later in the day to announce his departure. Former video coordinator James Borrego will be the team's interim coach. Scott Skiles has also emerged as a serious candidate to replace Vaughn, per Wojnarowski.

General manager Rob Hennigan released the following statement:

"Jacque (Vaughn) has been a trusted friend and colleague," said Hennigan. "We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career."

Vaughn's team was in the midst of a 10-game losing streak, the second-longest slide in his tenure. They also own the fifth-worst record in the NBA (15-37), which puts them 13th in the Eastern Conference, 7 1/2 games behind the eighth and final playoff spot.

Vaughn was an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs before replacing Stan Van Gundy as coach of the Magic in 2012, following the Dwight Howard era. The 39-year-old was tasked to rebuild the team after Van Gundy led Orlando to an NBA Finals appearance in 2009, drafting players like Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O'Quinn, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton. He owns a 58-158 record during his three-year tenure with a young core of players. His 26.9 win percentage was the lowest among any coach franchise history.


Rising Stars Challenge participants for All-Star Weekend named


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The 20 first- and second-year participants for the Rising Stars Challenge held on Feb. 13 during All-Star Weekend have been announced.

The U.S. team will be represented by 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams and forward Nerlens Noel; Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine and forward Shabazz Muhammad; Magic guards Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo; Jazz guard Trey Burke; Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwelll-Pope; Nets center Mason Plumlee; and Hornets center Cody Zeller.

The world team will be represented by Jazz guard Dante Exum and center Rudy Gobert; Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo; Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic; Hawks guard Dennis Schroder; Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic; Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins and center Gorgui Dieng; Thunder center Steven Adams; and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk.


Magic to start Gordon, Payton on Sunday vs. Pacers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said forward Aaron Gordon and guard Elfrid Payton are expected to start in Sunday's game against the Pacers, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

It will be Gordon's first start since returning from a foot injury and he will replace Devyn Marble. Payton was feeling sore after receiving an injury scare when Jason Smith landed on his Payton's leg during Friday's game, but it appears he is healthy enough to play.

The Magic are 2-point underdogs.


Magic guard Elfrid Payton thankful to avoid major knee injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Magic point guard Elfrid Payton had a bit of an injury scare in Friday's game. Knicks forward Jason Smith landed on Payton's left leg awkwardly, forcing his leg to buckle a bit.

After benig examined postgame, Payton was relieved to have avoided a serious injury.

"I'm good — a little sore," Payton said. "The doctor came in and checked me out. No severe pain. No real pain. He said I'm really good. I think it just was a little shock with how it happened. But I'm good."

Payton finished with nine points and 11 assists in the losing effort.


Magic guard Elfrid Payton reaches double figures once again Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Magic point guard Elfrid Payton scored 19 points on 9 of 17 shooting in Sunday's 127-99 loss to the Thunder. Payton also dished out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds in the contest.

It was Payton's fourth straight game with at least 10 points. In those four games, Payton is averaging 16.5 points and 7.8 assists. He and the Magic will look to bounce back Wednesday against the Pistons.


Magic PG Elfrid Payton posts career-best double-double Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Magic rookie point guard Elfrid Payton delivered his third double-double of the season Friday, scoring a season-high 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting while dishing out a season-high 12 assists in his team's 106-96 loss to the Grizzlies.

Payton hadn't scored in double digits in back-to-back games coming into the week, but he's strung together three such performances since last weekend, culminating in the big scoring effort Friday. He also chipped in four assists and two steals in 39 minutes Friday. Payton is set to face the Thunder Sunday.


Magic PG Elfrid Payton just misses triple-double vs. Nets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2015) Magic point guard Elfrid Payton just missed out on a triple-double Friday, scoring 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting while racking up 10 assists and nine rebounds in his team's 100-98 loss to the Nets.

Payton's double-double was just his second of the season, and his nine rebounds matched a season high. His 16 points also matched his previous high, and he was even able to knock down his first three-point attempt since Nov. 26. The rookie will look to build off the great performance Saturday against the Hornets.


Magic PG Elfrid Payton doubles up vs. Jazz


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Magic rookie point guard Elfrid Payton picked up his first double-double of the season Friday, scoring 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting while dishing out a season-high 11 assists in his team's 101-94 loss to the Jazz.

Payton scored in double digits for just the sixth time this season while reaching at least 10 assists for the first time. He played 28 minutes off the bench, kicking in two rebounds and one assist. The Magic will square off with the 76ers Sunday.


Magic rookie PG Elfrid Payton draws opening night start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Magic rookie point guard Elfrid Payton is in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Payton battled Luke Ridnour for the starting job during the preseason, but Ridnour suffered a quad contusion last week and is questionable to play Tuesday. Even a healthy Ridnour may not have beat out Payton, who has averaged five points, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game during the preseason.


Magic rookie Elfrid Payton making a push for starting PG job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Rookie Elfrid Payton is making a strong push to win the starting point guard job for the Magic, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Payton earned his first pro start during Monday's preseason game against the Hornets, totaling 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, which gives him 17 assists in three preseason games.

"I'm hoping that Elfrid is as good as we want him to be. So I haven't ruled out any lineups for us going forward," coach Jacque Vaughn said.


Elfrid Payton battling Luke Ridnour for starting job at point guard


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Magic point guard Elfrid Payton hasn't been told he'll be Orlando's starting point guard, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders on Monday. The 20-year-old rookie is battling veteran Luke Ridnour for the starting job.

"Everybody tries to give you advice," Payton said, per the Orlando Sentinel. "I guess the best advice is 'just stay the course. Continue to work hard. Do what's gotten you here, which is hard work. And it's not going to come overnight.' "


Magic sign first-round picks Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Magic announced the signing of their two first-round draft picks just ahead of Orlando Summer League, as Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon signed their rookie-scale deals.

Gordon was the No. 4 overall pick out of the University of Arizona, while Payton went No. 10 out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gordon finished his freshman season averaging 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in 38 games, while Payton graduated as a junior and averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 35 games last season.