Payton scored a team-high 22 points (10-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding 10 assists, two rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes during Friday's win over the Bucks. That's back-to-back double-doubles for Payton, who's also shot an impressive 64 percent (16-for-24) from the floor in those two games. He's only shot better than 50 percent in one other game this season, though, so for now it's safer to assume that his 38.6 percent shooting on the season is a better reflection of his offensive efficiency than his current hot streak.
Payton posted 12 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, and 11 assists in 36 minutes during the Magic's 100-91 win versus the Knicks on Wednesday. Payton played a team-high 36 minutes on Wednesday, and his efficiency was fantastic. Head coach Scott Skiles opted to go with a different starting lineup, abandoning the three-guard rotation of Payton, Evan Fournier, and Victor Oladipo and bringing Oladipo off the bench. It's unclear whether this will be permanent, but Payton and Oladipo both thrived of Wednesday, and the Magic earned a much-needed victory.
Payton submitted one of his best performances of the season in Wednesday's overtime win over the Timberwolves, recording a career-high 24 points (11-23 FG, 2-5 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals while turning the ball over just once in 41 minutes. Payton's unreliable shooting stroke has been hindered his development in his one-plus seasons in the league, but the athletic point guard was able to get to the basket fairly easily Wednesday and turned in an efficient game by cutting out most of the lower-percentage mid-range looks. He's not likely to shoot close to 50 percent from the field most nights, however, and his routine struggles from the free-throw line also figure keep him in the lower double digits in scoring. That said, he offers good rebounding, assist, and steal totals from the guard spot, making him a decent asset in roto formats.
Payton scored 20 points (8-10 FG, 4-4 FT) with five assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block in 33 minutes during Saturday's win over the 76ers. After going scoreless in 15 minutes during Friday's win over the Raptors, Payton bounced back in a big way Saturday. The point guard has showed early signs of a sophomore slump, but still have plenty of time to get things going if he can build on this performance.
Payton posted eight points (4-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt) to go with four rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal in 29 minutes of action Tuesday against the Pelicans. The sophomore is off to a solid start this season, averaging 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 threes so far. He demonstrated a lot of potential to close last season, and there's a strong chance his numbers will improve as the season goes forward. Owners will have to be patient in tolerating his poor field-goal percentage, but nonetheless, his contribution in other categories will make up for it.
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