Mid-major, high ceiling -- that's what pushed the Orlando Magic to trade for Elfrid Payton early on in the 2014 NBA Draft. Payton was originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers but moved to Orlando in a swap for Dario Saric.
The 76ers are also expected to receive multiple future draft picks.
Along with Dario Saric, Orlando will send a 2015 second-round pick to the Sixers, league source said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
In the Saric-Payton Jr., deal, Sixers also get back the first-round pick sent to Magic in Dwight Howard deal -- likely 2017, source said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
Payton left Louisiana Lafayette following his junior season. After producing averages of 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, he is one of the more mysterious point guard prospects in the draft. He was projected to be picked much lower, but rose after a series of impressive workouts.
Payton stands 6'3.75 in shoes and at 185 pounds uses a wiry strength on the defensive end, where he impressed with 2.3 steals per game in his final college go-around. A smooth ball handler, the point guard was asked to carry a big load for the Ragin' Cajuns.
At times, Payton flourished against elite competition. At other points, he struggled with turnovers. His lack of a jump shot could hurt him but Payton does have the handles and a smoothness about him that should allow him to get to the rim or create for others.