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Elfrid Payton
Elfrid Payton
Position: G
Born: 02/22/94
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $3,000,000
Elfrid Payton entered the NBA in 2014 with a reputation as an excellent backcourt defender, one reason he was a rare lottery pick from a mid-major, having played his college ball in the Sun Belt Conference. During Media Day this week, however, the 24-year-old fielded several probing questions about his defensive performance in the league, at one point even responding, “I know people think that I lost it or something like that, but I’m excited to show that I still can defend at a high level, especially being around (teammates) who take defense very seriously.”
Payton probably would’ve benefited from having Jrue Holiday join him at the press-conference podium, because New Orleans’ NBA 2018-19 First-Team All-Defense shooting guard describes Payton as a formidable presence at that end of the floor. Holiday knows from first-hand experience, matching up with Payton often in past games vs. Orlando, as well as workouts this summer. “He’s just hard to get by or go around,” Holiday said of the rangy 6-foot-4 New Orleans native, who had 83 steals and 22 blocks in 63 games last season. “He has great hands, is really quick and has long arms. He’s strong. You think that you might have him beat, but you never know. He might meet you at the rim or get a hand on the ball (while an offensive player is trying to drive). Off the ball, he gets steals and plays the passing lanes well.”