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Payton drafted by the 76ers with the 10th overall selection

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia 76ers used their 10th overall selection on point guard Elfrid Payton.

Michael Carter-Williams, who was at the NBA Draft, was surprised when Sam Hinkie and the 76ers brass made the Payton pick. It fueled speculation that the reigning Rookie of the Year will be moved.

Elfrid Payton (Getty Images)

Elfrid Payton (Getty Images)

While Carter-Williams has been rumored to be moved, it was Payton that is moving on. Payton would be later moved to the Orlando Magic for Dario Saric.

The 76ers also acquired a 2015 second round draft pick, and their original 2017 first round draft pick.

Payton came out after three-years at Louisiana Lafayette. As a junior, he averaged 19.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.3 steals in 32 games.

He was a late riser up the draft board, and many mock drafts had Payton going anywhere between the 6th and the 8th draft pick. He is the first pick since Andrew Toney, who also played for the 76ers, that was also drafted out of Louisiana Lafayette.

The hit on Payton was that he played in a low major conference, where he did not play against NBA talent on a nightly basis.


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