Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton has been out dealing with an ankle injury since Jan. 4. However, he's ready to return.
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Payton Active vs. Magic
Thursday, Jan. 14
John Denton of Magic.com reported Payton would be available off the bench Thursday.
Payton Emerging as Vital Cog for Magic
A first-round pick in 2014, Payton is slowly evolving into a key piece of Orlando's young, dynamic rotation. He's increased his scoring output and has been shooting better from three-point range.
The Magic's depth at point guard is not an area of strength, with Shabazz Napier and C.J. Watson listed as the backups on the depth chart.
However, Orlando does have 2-guards who are capable of handling the ball. Evan Fournier is second on the team in scoring, and Victor Oladipo is better served by trying to facilitate on offense while playing lockdown defense.
Payton is a dynamic playmaker who can create opportunities with the ball or set his teammates up. The Magic aren't a strong offensive team, winning this year with defense, so getting him back in the lineup in any capacity is a step in the right direction.