Drafted By Philadelphia 76ers (Then Traded To Orlando Magic)
NBA.com has a cool page with his measurable and such here.
Playing Time Outlook = C
The Orlando Magic already have a talented young PG in Victor Oladipo, who still should get the bulk of the playing time in Orlando. Jameer Nelson appeared to be out of gas most of last season, and there were times when Oladipo and Nelson played along side each other, but Oladipo would come off the bench too. With Nelson in the last year of his contract, it’s likely the team will amnesty (waive) Nelson – so Payton could get a bit of run with the second unit.
Star Power = F
One of the first news articles about Payton’s arrival in Orlando is that the team hopes he becomes a defensive force in the NBA. Defense wins championships but doesn’t often lead to high card values unless you have the pizzazz of Dennis Rodman. The bulk of the Orlando Magic scoring should come from
Aaron Afflalo, Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, and even Maurice Harkless & Andrew Nicholson have proven effective scorers. The team added Aaron Gordon with the 4th overall selection, so he will likely see opportunities to score. Injuries seem to be the only way Payton could get serious playing time and opportunities to score. He has proven to be a fairly effective & efficient scorer in college, so the F grade could be raised after a few seasons in the league.
Card Values = D
He didn’t go to a school with a large collector fan base (Louisiana-Lafayette) so you won’t have extra fans buying his cards. Having some big name rookies at the top of the draft could raise the floor price of the second-tier rookies, but not by much. Expect Payton’s card to be affordable all season long. More than likely, card collectors who see “Orlando Magic Rookie” inside packs this year are going to hope it’s Aaron Gordon and not Payton.
Stay tuned – for the next month we will run down the top 10 picks in the NBA draft in a similar fashion. While Payton appears to be a more common rookie in terms of value potential, this draft has several players that should be exciting to watch all season long.
6th Pick – Marcus Smart
7th Pick – Julius Randle
8th Pick – Nik Stuaskas
9th Pick – Noah Vonleh