What an impressive performance he put on in Orlando. In only 26 min/game he was a consistent triple double threat (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 7.0 apg), played his usual tight D, and scored very efficiently (64% TS%). He struggled with TO’s and doesn’t have much of a jumper at this point, but showed a very heady style of play for a young PG.
Payton's length and quickness allow him to penetrate and get to the rim, although his lack of strength limits his finishing ability at this point. He also uses his ability to break down the D to set up easy baskets for his teammates, and his excellent vision & unselfishness will serve him well until he develops a stronger body, jumper and handle.
Elfrid has a good deal of upside in the NBA, given his length, youth and year-to-year improvement. He is very similar to Rondo coming into the league in terms of both physical attributes and talent. I hope he can continue to excel in a significant role for Orlando this season, although growing pains must be expected as he develops. He could turn out to be a great pick by the Magic.
chris paul better watch out
I watched almost every game he played, and he's going to be a solid player. The turnovers are a tad alarming just because a lot of them came from a lack of awarness. He would get frustrated with his defender and would use his off hand to push off... it was such an obvious call, yet he'd still do it. That will need to stop becuase you'll get called for that every time in the NBA unless you're DWade or Kobe Bryant.
He also would dribble without a plan to the baseline, which is honestly one of the worst things you can do as a point guard. It's so easy to guard someone when their up against a baseline. These are things that a veteran can beat out of you, unfortunately they traded a way Afflalo. I say these observations out of love by the way, he's one of my favorite players in this draft. I marked him as one of the top 5 players in the class.