If you've ever wanted to hop on the roller-coaster ride that some lottery picks experience when they are drafted, you've come to the right place. Below, we'll track the evening of Elfrid Payton—who was selected 10th in the 2014 NBA draft and not long after was traded—as it unfolded on Twitter.
The Philadelphia 76ers had an interesting draft. With the third overall selection, they took the incredibly talented but oft-injured center Joel Embiid, meaning for a second straight year, the team has selected a player who will start the season on the bench due to health concerns (last year, it was Nerlens Noel).
And then they really shook things up, selecting Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Elfrid Payton with their selection at No. 10, a move that left Twitter buzzing.
Almost immediately, there was speculation that a trade could be brewing, seeing as the Sixers already had a Rookie of the Year playing the point in Michael Carter-Williams. Within minutes of the selection, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted the following:
And Andy Katz of ESPN added this:
The speculation ran rampant. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated suspected a trade was brewing:
So, too, did Zach Lowe of Grantland:
And more information started leaking out. David Aldridge of NBA.com offered the following:
Wojnarowski provided more insight into the trade:
And Ken Berger of CBS had the details on the move:
For any folks who thought the Payton pick was a stretch—like, say, Will Carroll of Bleacher Report—the trade surely made more sense:
Carroll wasn't alone. Tony Mejia of ProBasketballNews.com offered his own take on Payton:
It's not hard to see why Orlando liked him, however. Needing a pure point guard to pair with last year's first-round pick, Victor Oladipo, the Magic were always probable suitors, especially after they took Aaron Gordon at No. 4 over Dante Exum.
Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports has more:
Magic fans will be pleased with the following numbers, via ESPN Stats & Info:
And thus concludes Payton's whirlwind night. He has to be excited, joining a young and upcoming roster that includes Gordon, Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic. He gives the Magic the pure point guard they need, and he'll be coming to a place where he can grow and develop.
Payton's night certainly took an interesting twist after the Sixers selected him, tuned into the fact that they could squeeze out some additional draft picks from the Magic in a trade. But in the end, the man with the excellent hairdo will be heading to Orlando.
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