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Elfrid Payton on His Trip to the Philippines, the Magic and Spurs-Warriors

May 16th, 2017 at 5:47 PM
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Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green, and Elfrid Payton. Those are the only guys in the NBA who notched five or more triple-doubles in 2016-17.

Not bad company for Orlando’s point guard.

Elfrid Payton has always demonstrated an ability to keep improving his game. As a freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he averaged just 7.2 points on 45 percent shooting from the field. Two seasons later, right before he declared for the draft, he was secondĀ in the Sun Belt in scoring, posting 19.1 per game on 51 percent from the field.

Same story in the NBA, where Payton has progressed steadily, finishing with averages of 12.8 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.7 rebounds this past season. So Elfrid knows a thing or two about what it takes to elevate your play. He imparted this wisdom to other young ballers at the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp recently. Set in Manila, this event featured 37 boys and 37 girls all competing for spots on the Jr. NBA All-Star team, which will embark on an overseas journey later in 2017.

We checked in with Payton, who had never been to the Philippines before, while he was still out there. “I’ve been having a good time,” he told SLAM, noting that he’s been able to both help out the athletes and explore the area.

The intense fandom and passion for basketball in the Philippines is well known, but Elfrid stressed …

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