# Point Guard

Elfrid Payton

Height / Weight
6' 3" / 195 lbs
Born
Feb 22, 1994 (28)
College
Louisiana-Lafayette
NBA Draft
1st Round, 10th Overall, 2014
NBA Career
6
Nationality
American
Net Worth
$16 million
SEASON STATS
2021-2022
PTS
2.9
-7.3
Rebounds
1.7
-1.7
Assists
1.9
-1.3
PER
9.99
-3.87
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: Elfrid Payton
Nickname: SWAC
Place of Birth: Gretna, Louisiana
Education: Louisiana-Lafayette
Parents: Elfrid Payton Sr. and Danielle Payton

Elfrid Payton Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, & Basketball Career

Elfrid Payton was born on February 22, 1994, to parents Elfrid Sr. and Danielle. Payton played his college basketball near his hometown of Gretna, Louisiana by electing to stay in-state and play at Louisiana-Lafayette.

A former National Defensive Player of the Year in college, Payton is one of the best defensive players in the NBA. He is also a triple-double machine and has set a couple of records, including becoming the fifth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in five-straight games. 

After playing for Orlando, New Orleans and Phoenix, Payton is now a member of the rebuilding New York Knicks. 

Elfrid Payton High School Career (John Ehret High School)

Elfrid Payton attended John Ehret High School in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Payton averaged 12.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.1 steals per game as a senior and won district MVP. He was a first-team all-state selection his senior year.

Elfrid Payton College Career (Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns)

Payton elected to play college basketball at Louisiana-Lafayette. His sophomore season, Payton averaged 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He earned first-team All-Sun Belt. 

During his junior season, Payton averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Helping lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Payton once again earned first-team All-Sun Belt. He also won conference Defensive Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year.

Elfrid Payton NBA Career

Payton elected to forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Payton was drafted 10th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. That night, he was traded to the Orlando Magic for Dario Saric, a future first-round and second-round pick. Payton was named to the Rising Stars Challenge his rookie season. On march 20, he became the first Magic’s player to record back-to-back triple-doubles and the first NBA rookie to do so since 1997. 

On February 8, 2018, Payton was traded to the Phoenix Suns for a 2018 second-round pick. He needed just nine games with the Suns to record his second triple-double with the team, a team record. Following the completion of the season, Payton signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in July.

After spraining his ankle in November of 2018, Payton missed 22 games. After returning, he became the fifth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in five straight games. On July 9, 2019, Payton signed with the New York Knicks. 

Elfrid Payton Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

In his career, Payton has earned $22 million in salary. He is set to make $8 per year during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons before becoming a free agent.

Elfrid Payton signed a 2-year/$16 million deal with the New York Knicks in 2019.

Elfrid Payton Personal Life

Payton was born in Gretna, Louisiana to parents Elfrid Sr. and Danielle. Payton has five siblings, all sisters. His father played professional football in Canada. Payton has one child with his girlfriend Jessica Victoria.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
1 x NBA All-Rookie First Team
2015
Awards and Honors by Year:
2015
NBA All-Rookie First Team

Elfrid Payton Quotes

"It doesn't matter who took that shot, don't disrespect the game like that.”

“Since the All-Star break, I’ve been healthy and been able to play at a pace that I was able to the first four games before getting injured.”

“I honestly believe everything happens for a reason. So, between believing in that, having family around and having teammates to support me, it has made dealing with adversity easy.”

Elfrid Payton Fun Facts

  • Father played professional football in Canada.
  • Played in the 2013 U-19 FIBA World Championships.
  • Won National Defensive Player of the Year in college.
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2015).
  • Traded to Orlando the night he was drafted by Philadelphia.
Career stats
2021-2022
PHO
2020-2021
NY
2019-2020
NY
2018-2019
NO
2017-2018
PHO
2016-2017
ORL
2015-2016
ORL
2014-2015
ORL
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2021-2022
52 10.6 38.3 22.2 37.5 1.7 1.9 0.1 0.5 2.9
2020-2021
63 23.6 43.2 28.6 68.2 3.4 3.2 0.1 0.7 10.1
2019-2020
45 27.7 43.9 20.3 57.0 4.7 7.2 0.4 1.6 10.0
2018-2019
42 29.7 43.4 31.4 74.3 5.2 7.6 0.4 1.0 10.6
2017-2018
63 28.7 49.3 32.6 64.9 4.3 6.2 0.3 1.3 12.7
2016-2017
82 29.4 47.3 27.4 69.2 4.7 6.5 0.5 1.1 12.8
2015-2016
73 29.4 43.6 32.6 58.9 3.6 6.4 0.3 1.2 10.7
2014-2015
82 30.3 42.5 26.2 55.1 4.3 6.5 0.2 1.7 8.9
Recent Games
Sun 5/15
Sun 4/24
Sun 4/10
Wed 4/6
Sun 4/3
Wed 3/23
Sun 3/20
Fri 3/18
Wed 3/16
Tue 3/15
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Sun 5/15
L 123-90
5 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Sun 4/24
L 103-118
2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Sun 4/10
L 116-109
12 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 2
Wed 4/6
L 109-113
11 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0
Sun 4/3
L 96-117
10 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Wed 3/23
W 125-116
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sun 3/20
W 127-124
18 1 1 3 4 2 3 2 3
Fri 3/18
W 102-129
18 0 0 3 3 4 1 0 1
Wed 3/16
W 129-112
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tue 3/15
W 131-115
3 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0