ELFRID PAYTON (NYK)
PG • 6’4, 185 lbs; 6th year, Louisiana-Lafayette
NBA ROLE: ALL-AROUND PG
Elfrid Payton has grown into an all-around PG – frequent trip-dub threat; not really a shooter but doesn't attempt the three ball at a high rate, a sign of maturity – still able to get defenders to commit (drives hard, looks for a teammate before forcing up a bad shot); Payton isn’t a nasty finisher but gets the job done* – uses size to score over smaller PGs, quickness to weave through screens; does whatever it takes to get back to his right hand for a finish – can’t play him left tho because he can score (on that side) w/ opposite-hand layups; good rebounder – should take it off glass and push the pace more; active hands, plays the passing lanes well; plays way too fast at times but more seasoning and game experience will do wonders; long-term fit in New York?
*tries to get in the paint every time he touches the ball – if EP catches it on the elbow, he already has a beat towards the rim
CROSSOVER --> DRIVING FINISH
MORE ON “ELF"
Career: 11.1 points/game, 6.6 assists/game, 46% FG
Avg. career-high 7.6 assists/game (2018-19)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2015)
(FACTORY SETTING) NBA 2K19 RATING: 77