Elfrid Payton provided six points (2-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three assists, and one rebound in 30 minutes during the Orlando Magic 's 107-93 loss to the Clippers on Friday.
Payton had as many turnovers as he did assists, and the Magic are 1-9 in the last 10 games. Payton is shooting 42 percent from the field on the season, but he is averaging 7.8 points on 37 percent from the floor, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.6 steals in 27 minutes per appearance over the last five games--all of which are significantly lower than his season averages. The sophomore and his team have hit a rough patch, but the All-Star break is coming up soon, which should allow Payton and company the chance to rest and recover for the final third of the campaign.
Elfrid Payton scored 11 points (4-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding 10 assists, nine rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes during Friday's overtime loss to the Hornets.
Since returning from an ankle injury that cost him four games, Payton is averaging 13.0 points, 7.3 assists, 4.5 boards, 1.0 threes and 1.0 steals. The three-point shooting is especially eye-opening, as he's gone 4-for-7 from downtown over that four-game stretch, but given his track record of offensive inefficiency he'll need to keep it up a little while longer before Payton will be considered a reliable contributor in that category.
Elfrid Payton scored a game-high 21 points (8-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-9 FT) with 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals during 41 minutes in Wednesday's 96-87 loss to the 76ers.
Payton continues to take advantage of Victor Oladipo's absence, playing 41 minutes for just the second game while scoring 20 or more points for the fifth time all season. His value is directly tied to Oladipo's health, so make sure to check the injury reports each day if you're considering Payton for a DFS lineup or in standard league formats.
Elfrid Payton contributed 16 points (7-14 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 0-3 FT), five assists, five turnovers, two rebounds, and one steal across 27 minutes in Monday's 98-81 loss to the Hawks.
Payton reclaimed a spot in the starting lineup at point guard with Victor Oladipo (knee) ruled out, and while he shot the ball well from the field, he failed to make much of an impact as a distributor. In his two games since returning from an ankle injury, Payton has nine assists and eight turnovers, numbers that a far from ideal for a point guard. Payton hasn't made a strong push to hold down a starting role once Oladipo returns, but he'll get at least another turn as the Orlando Magic 's primary floor general with the team already indicating that Oladipo will be unavailable for Wednesday's tilt with the 76ers.
Elfrid Payton will likely draw back into the starting lineup at point guard for Monday's game against the Hawks, Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Victor Oladipo is nursing a sprained knee and has been ruled out for at least Monday's contest, allowing Payton to reclaim a starting role after having come off the bench in his first game back from an ankle injury last Thursday versus the Raptors. Payton only played 20 minutes and finished with four points (2-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four assists, and three turnovers in that contest, but he should be able to climb back above 30 minutes Monday while Oladipo is out.
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