Payton supplied 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 assists, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 107-97 loss to the Jazz. Payton's integration into the Suns' system has been seamless, as he's now averaging 20.3 points (on 57.1 percent shooting, including 50.0 percent from three-point range), 8.7 assists and 8.3 rebounds across 35.0 minutes in the three games since his arrival. The 23-year-old had an opportunity to play alongside Devin Booker (hip) for the first time, a move that pushed Josh Jackson back to the second unit. All three guards still saw an abundance of minutes anyhow, and given Wednesday's results, it appears that Payton's first-unit role is secure for the time being.
Payton provided 29 points (11-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT(), eight rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes during Monday's 129-83 loss to the Warriors. Despite suffering the blowout, Payton flourished at the point with Devin Booker (hip) still sidelined. Payton's excellent play will put the Suns lineup into question once Booker returns. Rookie Josh Jackson may end up the odd man out as Payton will likely man the point and Devin Booker will take up residence at the two spot. The good news for Jackson is that he has the size and speed to backup both guard spots as well as the wing. Payton's numbers will likely cool off a bit when Booker comes back, but it appears he will have a starting job either way.
Payton tallied 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-3 FT), nine assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes during Saturday's 123-113 loss to the Nuggets. Payton started in his debut with the Suns and assumed duties at point guard with Tyler Ulis (back) and Devin Booker (hip) sidelined. At the moment it's unclear exactly how Payton will fit into Phoenix's plans. It seems that the most likely scenario will be Payton taking over at point guard with Booker sliding to the two spot, which would demote Josh Jackson to the second unit despite a decent rookie season. This will all depend on how well Payton and Booker mesh as a backcourt team.
Payton will make his Suns' debut Saturday against the Nuggets, Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com reports. Payton is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix on Friday night and will participate in team shootaround Saturday morning, which will serve as his only sort of practice with his new teammates. Additionally, Payton could be in for a major workload against the Nuggets as Devin Booker (hip) and Tyler Ulis (back) are both doubtful for the contest. If both options are sidelined, Payton and Josh Gray will be responsible for the majority of the minutes at point guard.
Payton was traded to the Suns on Thursday for a second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. By the numbers, Payton was having his best season with the Magic this year, averaging 13.0 points and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from behind the arc. But, with the point guard hitting free agency next season, the Magic didn't want to lose him for nothing, so he'll finish out his fourth NBA season in Phoenix. Payton will give the Suns quality backcourt depth, which is needed right now with Devin Booker dealing with a hip injury and Tyler Ulis nursing back pain. When all three are healthy, Payton's role may be limited, but Phoenix will still have the chance to evaluate him after buying low at the deadline.
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