Ranking Elfrid Payton's Strengths

Cohen 8-Ball: The Rankings


OrlandoMagic.com’s Josh Cohen offers his rankings on a range of topics on the Magic and the rest of the NBA.

#5 Motivated to Prove Doubters Wrong

Payton was an unheralded recruit out of high school, yet it didn’t take long at Louisiana-Lafayette for him to develop into an elite prospect. Like it is for all NBA players who were passed over by the more reputable college programs, Payton has been goaded to silence the critics and prove he belongs in the same class as his peers who attended more prestigious college powerhouses. All Payton needs to do is reference Damian Lillard (Weber State) as a reason to believe one can flourish at the professional level regardless of the competition level in college.