The 2014 NBA Draft is getting closer and it’s time to start taking a closer look at some of their first-round prospects. Next on the block is the rising Elfrid Payton.
Why Draft Him?
From what I know about the mid-major guard, it appears that he would be suited for Boston as Rajon Rondo‘s running mate on offense. Apparently Brad Stevens is becoming enamored with Payton’s athletic ability, as well as his motor and hustle. Sounds like he may be looking for a replacement for Avery Bradley. Though Payton would never bring the defensive capabilities that Bradley is blessed with, he would make the Celtics a much more dangerous team on the offensive end. He would also help the team when they go small, as he is a very good rebounder for his size and position. Though it would be interesting to see him play with Rondo, he could also start his career as instant-offense coming off the pine and learning how to be a real NBA point guard from the team captain.
Why Pass On Him?
While he has played well against some of the country’s top competition, his experience at a lower-level school means he wasn’t playing the best in the nation every week. He lacks range on his jumper, which is key in a league that is relying more on the corner three-ball and less on the pull-up jump-shot. Just ask the recently crowned champion San Antonio Spurs. Strong defense and stretching the floor is a great place to start when trying to build a championship club, and while Payton is very talented, he doesn’t fit that mold just yet.