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    Magic G Elfrid Payton not standing out in preseason play

    Magic guard Elfrid Payton is shooting 38.1 percent from the field and averaging 5.3 points, four assists, and three rebounds while seeing 21.2 minutes per game in the Magic's three preseason contests to date.Though not much credence should be afforded to preseason numbers, Payton hasn't done much to uphold confidence in him delivering a second-year breakout. The 2014 first-round pick struggled from both the field and the free-throw line during summer league play, and hasn't shown much improvement in that regard during the exhibition schedule. The athleticism Payton brings to the point guard spot should lend itself to plenty of counting stats production in the form of assists, rebounds, and steals, but his broken shot may inhibit him from emerging as much more than a low-double-digits scorer.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Magic G Elfrid Payton to work on improving shot in offseason

    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.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

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

    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.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

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

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Magic PG Elfrid Payton notches triple-double Wednesday

    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.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

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

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Magic PG Elfrid Payton named to Skills Challenge

    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.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Magic guard Elfrid Payton stuffs the stat sheet in losing effort

    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.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Magic fire coach Jacque Vaughn after two-plus seasons

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Rising Stars Challenge participants for All-Star Weekend named

    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.