Elfrid Payton didn’t remain a Philadelphia 76er long enough to mess up his hairdo.
Minutes after being chosen by Sixers with the 10th pick in the NBA Draft Thursday, Payton was dealt to Orlando in exchange for Croatian Dario Saric, whom the Magic took two picks later.
Still, Payton becomes the Louisiana-Lafayette’s highest picked player since Andrew Toney was the eighth pick, also by Philadelphia, in 1980. And, it turns out, it’s to the team that most mock drafts had Payton pegged for anyway.
The 6-foot-4 John Ehret product was the third point guard chosen after Payton (6-foot-4) was the third point guard chosen after Australian Dante Exum, who went to Utah at No. 5 and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma City at No. 6.
Payton told ESPN he felt he was the best point guard in the draft.
“I can run my team, play defense and create for other people,” he said.
The Sixers’ draft pick was the one the Pelicans sent to Philadelphia a year ago in the Jrue Holiday trade.