[Update] The Sixers traded Payton to Orlando for the rights of Dario Saric, who won’t be playing in the NBA for at least two years.
Sam Hinkie pulled a Hinkie by selecting University of Louisiana Lafayette junior point guard Elfrid Payton with the 10th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. He averaged 19.2 points and 5.9 assists for the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2013-14.
Payton’s profile from NBADraft.net:
Strengths: Tall, quick and talented offensive point guard … Deadly first step and killer crossover allow him to get to the basket seemingly at will … At 6’3″, has ideal size for a point guard … Quick hands and great defensive instincts allow him to get a ton of steals. Has averaged 2.4 per game over the past 2 seasons … Great in transition. Good finisher at the rim …Very athletic, is able to play above for highlight finishes … Good defender who shows a lot of defensive potential with his length (6’7″ wingspan) and quickness (lateral speed) … Effective pull-up jumper, though needs to add range and consistency … Seems to raise his game against good competition, as he did at the USA U19 tryouts and with his 20 points and 7 steals against Keith Appling and Michigan State last season … Improving court vision … Strong rebounding point guard … Gets to the line at a good rate (9.5 attempts per game) … Though a junior, he’s a year young for his grade giving him added intrigue …
Weaknesses: While his jumper isn’t horrible, he needs to improve his consistency and range from the outside to diversify his game … Not a factor from behind the arc at this point … Subpar free throw shooter for a point guard, at under 70% on the year … Can drive to the left, but generally finishes with his right hand, no matter which side of the basket he is on. Should work on becoming an ambidextrous finisher … Needs to put on more muscle to absorb contact in the lane … Can play slightly out-of-control at times. Currently averaging 3.8 turnovers per game this year, although his assists have risen this season ..