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SLAM Magazine staffers were able to meet up with Orlando Magic rookie Elfrid Payton at Chris Paul's 'CP3 Elite Point Guard Camp'. Rodger Bohn was able to interview the 20-year-old. Some topics include Summer League, learning from Chris Paul, being a professional athlete, treating his family, playing with Victor Oladipo, and more.
SLAM: How do you think Summer League went for you?
Elfrid Payton: Summer League was good. I learned a lot getting out there and playing at this level. Summer League is a lot different than a real game, but it’s the closest thing that I have right now. I definitely learned and got better each day.
SLAM: What was it like playing with that much talent?
EP: I had guys who were getting paid to knock down shots and fighting to make the team, so it’s a little bit different because obviously, I didn’t have those guys in college.
SLAM: What have you learned from Chris Paul in your time together?
EP: He said I need to slow down and play at a good pace. He told me a lot of little things to do throughout the season. Keep your body right, eat right, and things like that.
SLAM: If you had to pinpoint one thing in Summer League that you were really taken back by, what would that be?
EP: Just the speed of the game. My first game was such a whirlwind, but after that, I was able to adjust my game and get back playing at my pace.
SLAM: What’s your first summer been like as a pro?
EP: Man, I’m just working. I’m just trying to get as much work in as I can to be as prepared as I can for the season. There’s nothing like playing in an NBA game, but I’m trying to do whatever I can to make it as close to that as possible.
SLAM: Since you signed your contract with the Magic, have you done anything to treat yourself or your family yet?
EP: Not yet, man. I got the condo and then we’re probably about to go back home in a few weeks and look at the housing stuff. We’re probably not going to move, but I’m definitely going to do a little something for them.
SLAM: Only coming out of high school with one DI offer, what kind of advice can you give to players who fall under the radar like you did?
EP: It doesn’t matter where you’re ranked or who is recruiting you. If you put in the work, they will find you. Hard work pays off.
SLAM: How do you feel about playing alongside Victor Oladipo, given that he played some point last year?
EP: I think I can play off of the ball and I know he can play off of the ball if he needs to. I think we’re really going to hurt people defensively. Defense is going to win us games. We can both cause a lot of turnovers and get out in transition.