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2014-2015 D-League Draft Eligiblity List

The 2014-2015 NBA Development League Draft will open on Saturday November 1, with 18 teams conducting their draft of players. Here is a list of some of the draft eligible players.

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The 2014-2015 NBA Development League Draft will open on Saturday November 1, with 18 teams conducting their draft of players. Here is a list of some of the draft eligible players:

Player  Birthdate  Height  Weight  School/Country
Amoke, Omondi  06/03/89  6’7  225  Cal State Fullerton
Anderson, Kevin  12/21/88  6’0  175  Richmond
Atkins, Manny  01/27/91  6’6  205  Georgia St.
Augustus, Kodi  11/02/87  6’8  220  Mississippi State
Barbosa, Ricardo  04/19/94  6’3  202  Brazil
Barbour, Nick  12/05/89  6’3  175  High Point
Barkers, Joel  01/02/87  6’6  225  Central Missouri
Barlow, Kelsey  02/14/91  6’5  200  UIC
Beamon, George  04/26/91  6’4  175  Manhattan
Behanan, Chane  09/24/92  6’6  250  Louisville
Bell, Cameron  08/10/90  6’3  185  FIU
Bell, Marcus  12/09/90  6’9  225  Cal State Stanislaus
Bertrand, Joseph  03/23/91  6’6  200  Illinois
Betran, Travis  02/25/91  6’3  185  Austin Peay
Bohannon, John  10/29/91  6’11  210  UTEP
Bonneau, Stefan  03/13/87  5’10  170  C.W. Post
Brown, D’Aundray  10/21/88  6’4  195  Cleveland State
Brown, Joshua  11/02/88  6’2  170  Towson
Burris, Jordan  03/01/92  6’7  220  Cal St. San Bernardino
Bussey, Tre  11/13/91  6’3  185  Georgia Southern
Capers, Marcus  12/21/89  6’4  –  Washington St.
Carey, Tristan  07/28/91  6’4  185  Longwood
Carter, Sterling  07/23/90  6’0  195  Purdue
Caven, Joonas  01/09/93  6’11  200  Finland
Chamberlain, Keith  12/02/87  6’9  240  Grinnell
Clark, Bill  04/15/88  6’5  220  Duquesne
Clyburn, R.B.  02/16/89  6’5  225  Georgia Tech
Cooksey, Vance  12/10/87  6’0  175  Pikeville
Coursey, Daniel  05/11/92  6’10  220  Mercer
Covington, Nick  08/23/85  6’2  200  Oklahoma City
Covington, Robert  12/14/90  6’9  209  Tennessee State
Cowels, Raymond  11/18/90  6’4  –  Santa Clara
Davis, Keenan  01/09/87  6’5  220  College of Lake County
Dixon, Cory  03/08/90  6’7  205  New Orleans
Dixon-Tatum, Asauhn  02/01/91  7’0  225  Auburn
Doggett, Quinton  02/24/90  6’8  220  Southern
Dunigan, Michael  07/02/89  6’10  245  Oregon
Dunnings, Jeremiah  10/30/91  6’0  171  William Carey
Dyer, Ramon  06/18/84  6’7  224  Houston
Eackles, Ledrick  01/05/89  6’3  200  McNeese St.
Edwin, Fuquan  09/17/91  6’6  215  Seton Hall
Emmett, Andre  08/27/82  6’5  224  Texas Tech
Felix, Carrick  08/17/90  6’6  203  Arizona State
Fortenberry, Brandon  05/18/90  6’3  185  Southeastern Louisiana
Foster, Kevin  06/17/90  6’2  211  Santa Clara
Freelove, Joshua  09/18/90  6’2  180  Buffalo
Fuller, Aaron  12/03/89  6’6  235  USC
Gibbs, Ashton  01/19/90  6’2  190  Pittsburgh
Gibson, Shane  01/05/90  6’2  180  Sacred Heart
Glenn, Michael  06/01/91  6’4  205  Alabama A&M
Goins, Melvin  12/14/87  5’11  180  Tennessee
Goode, Brandon  04/09/92  7’0  235  Norfolk St.
Goode, Marcus  02/20/88  6’10  295  Marshall
Gray, Jimmy  07/03/91  6’0  175  Binghampton
Hall, Kenny  04/10/90  6’9  230  Tennessee
Hall, Marcus  08/06/85  6’1  190  Colorado
Ham, Darvin  03/04/92  6’4  215  Northwood
Hansbrough, Ben  12/23/87  6’3  203  Notre Dame
Hardin, Sean  12/04/89  6’5  190  Lees-McRae
Harrison, Lloyd  06/30/89  6’1  200  Clarion
Haynes, Michael  03/15/81  6’8  220  Fordham
Head, Luther  11/26/82  6’3  185  Illinois
Henderson, Esian  06/14/85  6’9  210  Central Missouri St
Heslip, Brady  06/19/90  6’2  180  Baylor
Hezekiah, Matt  08/08/92  6’9  235  South Carolina St.
Hill, Chris  04/22/90  6’8  –  SW Mississippi CC
Hines, Curtis  05/30/89  6’4  195  Shaw
Hinkle, Charles  03/11/88  6’5  205  American
Holsey, Kammeon  09/04/90  6’8  230  Georgia Tech
Howard, Greg  08/02/89  6’4  220  Walsh
Howard, Pe’Shon  12/10/90  6’3  185  USC
Jackson, Justin  10/13/90  6’8  225  Cincinnatti
Jackson, Tamir  12/29/90  6’3  195  Rice
Jacobo, Luis  01/07/91  6’5  215  IPFW
Johnson III, Melvin  05/20/90  6’6  170  Arkansas State
Johnson, Omari  11/26/89  6’9  220  Oregon State
Johnson, Ravern  07/21/88  6’7  180  Mississippi State
Jones, Jamal  02/17/93  6’8  196  Texas A&M
King, Keala  06/20/91  6’6  210  Pikeville
Koch, Sebastian  01/24/91  6’8  200  Elon
Lemmons, Malcolm  05/21/92  6’4  200  CSU San Marcos
Loucks, Luke  04/01/14  6’5  200  Florida State
Lufile, Chadrack  09/11/90  6’9  265  Wichita State
Madison, Stephen  06/10/91  6’5  205  Idaho
May, Daryl  01/01/79  6’5  195  Pasadena
Mayo, Todd  03/26/91  6’3  194  Marquette
Mays, De’Andre  07/15/87  6’2  190  Youngstown State
Mbodji, Amadou  05/01/86  6’10  230  Jacksonville State
McCall, Mike  06/16/91  6’0  180  St. Louis
McClure, DeShone  6’3  175  Central Arkansas
McLaughlin, Mark  04/22/90  6’6  212  Central Washington
McNealy, Chris  04/30/92  6’4  195  Cal-Irvine
Melvin, Marcus  04/27/82  6’9  242  North Carolina St.
Miles, LaQuentin  03/12/91  6’5  190  Central Arkansas
Milisavljevic, Milos  09/07/93  6’4  202  Serbia
Miller, Dane  05/10/90  6’7  225  Rutgers
Millsap, Abraham  09/06/89  6’4  200  Tennessee State
Mitchell, Dwayne  08/24/82  6’6  210  Louisiana-Lafayette
Mitchell, Joe  11/07/91  6’1  200  Friends
Mitchell, Jonathan  08/11/87  6’7  245  Rutgers
Mollet, Arron  05/14/89  6’3  190  Notre Dame Namur
Mondy, Duke  12/02/90  6’4  205  Oakland
Moore, Cheyenne  12/19/84  6’6  210  Georgetown KY
Moore, Devon  08/29/89  6’4  180  JMU
Moore, Reggie  11/28/89  6’1  178  Washington State
Munford, Xavier  06/01/92  6’2  180  Rhode Island
Murphy, Erik  10/26/90  6’10  240  Florida
Murphy, Tymell  12/30/90  6’5  210  Florida International
Nobles, Julysses  07/12/90  6’1  200  Jackson St.
Olekaibe, Kevin  07/28/92  6’2  180  UNLV
Oliver, Brian  09/05/90  6’7  225  Seton Hall
Parker, Patrick  01/29/91  6’2  180  Queens
Penn, Ray  12/06/90  5’9  160  Texas Southern
Petrucelli, John  10/27/92  6’4  190  Molloy
Poole, Donte  09/16/89  6’3  185  Murray State
Porrini, Michael  03/02/89  6’2  190  Kent St.
Pressey, Matt  11/08/88  6’2  195  Missouri
Provost, Brandon  05/28/90  6’3  190  UTPA
Pruitt, Shaun  11/22/85  6’10  245  Illinois
Raji, Corey  11/07/88  6’6  220  Boston College
Rambo, Dominique  04/25/91  6’0  175  SAGU
Randall, Kyle  09/10/91  6’1  175  Central Michigan
Rosemond, Steve  12/19/90  6’2  193  Castleton State
Rubles, Titus  08/04/91  6’8  220  Cincinnati
Sanders, Jerrell  6’6  210  Ferris St.
Scott, Jereal  07/12/89  6’8  240  Stephen F. Austin
Seeley, D.J.  11/28/89  6’4  195  Cal St. Fullerton
Simmons, Justin  08/17/90  6’3  190  Nebraska-Omaha
Simmons, Marcus  01/28/88  6’6  215  USC
Smith Jr., Lenzelle  6’4  210  Ohio St.
Smith, Chris  10/13/87  6’2  195  Louisville
Smith, Malik  03/16/90  6’2  170  Minnesota
Snow, Tyc  03/07/85  5’7  165  Mississippi Valley State
Snyder, Troy  04/14/91  6’6  215  Maryland Eastern Shore
Spearman, Brandon  06/18/91  6’3  200  Hawaii
Spurlock, Tristan  02/03/91  6’8  230  Central Florida
Stockton, David  06/01/91  5’11  165  Gonzaga
Stokes, Ronald  12/21/82  6’10  240  Empire State
Stover, Anthony  06/01/90  6’10  245  UCLA
Sundufu, Moses  6’2  –  St. Mary’s
Sutton, Kyrie  08/06/90  6’11  248  Binghampton
Sypkens, Ryan  6’4  195  UC Davis
Tangara, Mohamed  08/11/84  6’10  245  Arizona
Tate, Tyrrel  02/12/92  6’5  217  Fayetteville State
Tatum, Cam  06/20/88  6’7  195  Tennessee
Teague, Marquis  04/28/93  6’2  180  Kentucky
Tharpe, Naadir  07/23/91  5’11  170  Kansas
Thomas, Lamonte  06/26/90  6’2  180  Johnson and Wales
Thompson, Kevin  05/06/89  6’9  250  Morgan St.
Threatt, Jarvis  04/03/93  6’2  165  Delaware
Tiggs, Kevin  04/17/84  6’5  220  East Tennessee St.
Togashi, Yuki  07/30/93  5’7  143  N/A
Towns, Marcel  05/11/92  6’2  185  Great Falls
Turner, Ray  01/24/90  6’9  232  Texas A&M
Udofia, Mfon  08/01/90  6’2  194  Georgia Tech
Ussery, AJ  07/07/91  6’10  230  Point Loma
Vaden, Robert  03/03/85  6’5  224  UAB
Vargas, Eloy  12/30/88  6’11  250  Kentucky
Vereen, Anthony  01/21/86  6’6  245  Texas-Arlington
Waters, Dominic  09/28/86  6’1  180  Portland State
White, Tyrone  08/24/90  6’7  185  CSU Bakersfield
Wilkins, Damien  01/11/80  6’6  225  Georgia
Williams, Elliot  06/20/89  6’5  183  Memphis
Williams, Michael  10/27/91  6’2  185  Cal State Fullerton
Witter, Austin  05/23/91  6’8  195  North Carolina A&T
Woodall, Travon  04/14/89  6’0  190  Pittsburgh
Woolridge, Renaldo  03/22/14  6’9  225  USC
Wright, Joel  01/14/90  6’7  225  North Texas
Wright, Keith  07/22/89  6’8  240  Harvard
Wright, Sherrod  08/04/91  6’4  202  George Mason
Wright, Trayvonn  12/26/91  6’7  180  North Dakota St.
Wyatt, William  02/21/87  6’11  190  Columbus State
Yeager, Sammy  02/04/89  6’4  190  Cal State-Fullerton
Yearby, Deilvez  01/11/87  6’7  215  IPFW
Zimmerman, Ta’Quan  12/02/91  6’2  200  Thompson Rivers

Teams that draft a player will hold their Development League right, if those players opt to play in the D-League. Players are under no obligation to play in the D-League if drafted.

The entire Draft will be streamed live on www.nba.com/dleague.

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G-League Watch: 10-Day Contracts

David Yapkowitz looks at five potential G-League callups for 10-day contracts.

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Since Jan. 10, NBA teams have been able to sign players from the G-League to ten-day contracts. A few have already been signed, such as DeAndre Liggins with the Milwaukee Bucks and Kyle Collinsworth with the Dallas Mavericks.

Once a ten-day contract expires, teams have the option of signing that player to another ten-day contract. After the second ten-day, teams must either sign the player for the remainder of the season or release that player.

Some players have used ten-day contracts to essentially jump-start their careers. Bruce Bowen was once a ten-day contract player before becoming a key piece of multiple championship teams in San Antonio. Famed New York Knicks enforcer Anthony Mason also got his first chance in the league off a ten-day contract.

With a few guys already being called up via ten-day as well as the NBA’s new two-way contracts, here’s a look at some of the remaining names who might be next in line.

1. Christian Wood

Christian Wood was once a highly touted prospect coming out of high school. He played two college seasons at UNLV before declaring for the NBA draft in 2015. Despite being projected to be drafted late in the first round or early second round, he did not hear his name called on draft night. He’s spent some time in the NBA since then, with the Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Hornets, but he currently plays for the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers G-League affiliate.

His 22.0 points per game are tied with James Young for top scorer on the team. He’s shooting 53.9 percent from the field, and he’s also displayed a nice outside touch for a big man at 35.2 percent from three-point range. He leads the team in rebounds at 9.6, as well as in blocked shots with 2.0. He’s very mobile and could certainly help a team as a stretch big man who can play defense and crash the glass.

2. Jameel Warney

Jameel Warney has been a candidate for an NBA call-up for quite some time. The former Stony Brook standout had a big summer with Team USA basketball. He was the tournament MVP of the 2017 FIBA Americup and was named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year for 2017. He got as far as training camp/preseason with the Dallas Mavericks in 2016, and he’s currently playing for their G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

With the Legends, he’s fourth on the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game. He’s second on the team in rebounding with 10.4, and he’s tied with Johnathan Motley leading the team in blocked shots with 1.5. He’s shooting 52.5 percent from the field. What could be hindering his NBA chances is his lack of an outside shot, especially with the way the game is being played today. Nonetheless, he’s still one of the G-League’s top players and he deserves a shot in the big leagues.

3. Melo Trimble

After a solid three years at the University of Maryland, Melo Trimble was one of the best players not selected in this past summer’s draft. He played well for the 76ers’ summer league team in Las Vegas, which in turn earned him an invite to training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He ended up being one of their final cuts at the end of preseason, and he went on to join their G-League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves.

He’s third on the Wolves in scoring with 18.5 points per game. He’s shooting 44 percent from the field, and a decent 34 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also leading the team in assists per game with 5.7. He’s got the potential to be a decent backup point guard, and if he can get his shooting numbers, especially from three-point range, up a little bit, there’s no question he’s NBA caliber.

4. Joel Bolomboy

Joel Bolomboy is a name that should be familiar to Utah Jazz fans. He was drafted by the Jazz in 2016, and although relegated to mostly end of the bench duty, he showed a bit of potential and flash here and there. The Jazz cut him after a year, and he ended up in Milwaukee before they too cut him to make room for Sean Kilpatrick. He’s currently playing for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks G-League affiliate.

At the recent G-League Showcase that took place from Jan. 10-13, Bolomboy had one of the best performances of the event. In the two games played, he averaged 25.5 points per game on 73 percent shooting from the field and 13.0 rebounds. He was named to the All-Showcase First Team. He’s had eight double-doubles so far in the G-League this season. He’s already gotten his feet wet in the NBA, and if he continues putting up similar production, it won’t be long before he finds himself back on an NBA roster.

5. Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans is a name that should be somewhat familiar to NBA fans. He’s spent six years in the league with the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks. He also participated in two dunk contests in 2012 and 2013. Unfortunately for him, dunking was probably the one thing he was known for. It might be why he found himself out of the league after only six years.

With the Erie Bay Hawks, the Atlanta Hawks G-League affiliate, his 15.9 points per game are good enough for fourth on the team. His 62.3 percent shooting from the field is a team-high, as is his 10.3 rebounds per game, and 1.4 blocks. Not known as a shooter during his time in the NBA, he’s only shooting 25.6 percent from three-point range in the G-League. If he can get his outside shooting percentages up, he has a shot at getting an NBA call-up and keeping that spot permanently.

Although there’s no guarantee that any of these guys get NBA call-ups on ten-day contracts, they have some of the best shots out of anyone in the G-League. Don’t be surprised if, by the end of the season, all of these guys finish it out on an NBA roster.

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NBA Daily: Potential Trade Targets to Get the Sixers to the Playoffs

On the cusp of a playoff appearance for the first time in six years, the Philadelphia 76ers could cement their postseason status with a move at the trade deadline.

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At times this season, the Philadelphia 76ers look like they’re capable of going toe-to-toe with some of the league’s best teams. With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons at their disposal, along with capable three-point shooters, the Sixers have shown flashes of being a force to be reckoned with.

And at other times, well, they look like a discombobulated young team, with serious flaws in the construction of its roster.

Despite the lapses they display, the Sixers are still right in the thick of the playoff race. Currently, at 21-20, they hold a half-game advantage over the Detroit Pistons for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.

While they await the return of top overall pick Markelle Fultz, who has still yet to hit the court after being shut down earlier this season with a shoulder injury, the Sixers will continue to miss depth on the wing and a particular skill set that holds them back from winning games they seem to have locked up with double-digit leads. For all the greatness that is Embiid, and all of the promise that is Simmons, when the former isn’t on the court, the latter struggles to shoulder the scoring load due to his inability to shoot jump shots.

Initially, that’s what Fultz was drafted for. A player that head coach Brett Brown has said many times before, has the talent to tie everything together with the Sixers’ roster. What he means by that is Fultz represents a scorer from multiple levels of the court who forces the defense to lock in on, potentially leaving the teams’ shooters open on the wing.

Without Fultz, and when Embiid is on the bench, the team lacks a player who can put the ball on the floor, create and knock down jumpers. Although long-term success is still very much the attention for Philadelphia, that doesn’t discount the fact that a team that finished with 10 wins just two seasons ago is on the verge of making a playoff appearance for the first time since 2011-12 with a core of young, promising players.

Because of that possibility, and because of the clear holes in team’s makeup that could prevent this from happening, the Sixers could become an interesting player at the trade deadline — especially considering the names that appear available, according to reports.

It’s no secret that Sixers’ president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo wants to keep financial flexibility heading into this summer, that’s the main reason players like J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson were signed to one-year deals last offseason. Before the team has to start signing their own players to big extensions, the Sixers are in a unique position where they not only have elite homegrown talent, but the money to complement those players the best they can. Because of that, any deal that would return a player with money on the books past this season seems unlikely.

That being said, it just so happens that two players potentially on the trading block right now fulfill the Sixers’ most crucial need, and also aren’t on the hook for money past this year. Marc Stein of The New York Times reported that Rodney Hood could be moved before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, and that multiple teams are expressing interest in his services.

Along with Hood, Stein also reported that Lou Williams, who’s been the center of many trade talks around the league given his career-year and impending free agent status, was involved in specific discussions that would send him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What should intrigue the Sixers about these two players is not only their ability on the court but also their flexibility off of it.

Let’s start with Hood. Before the rise of Donovan Mitchell this season, Hood looked to be in a position to assume the role as the dominant scorer on the Utah Jazz following Gordon Hayward’s departure. At just 25 years old and in the final year of his rookie contract, Hood may not be worth the price tag for Utah this summer considering their find with Mitchell.

Should the Jazz actually move on from Hood, it’s unclear what they would ask for in return at this point. Yes, Hood his an impending free agent, which could diminish his value. But the team trading for him would assume his Bird Rights, therefore giving them a better shot at retaining him this summer should they choose to do so.

The best part about his potential fit in Philadelphia is that he fits the timeline of the rebuild while also addressing a need in the present. Being just 25, Hood fits alongside the core of Embiid, Simmons, Fultz, Dario Saric and Robert Covington as a young player. If the Sixers were to miss out on whoever they were planning to target with their financial flexibility this summer, Hood would still be there to plug in for years with a contract extension.

Shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc this season, and displaying the track record of being able to fill up the score sheet, Hood could become the go-to-scorer for Philadelphia when Embiid isn’t on the court, or late in games when they need to stop an opposing team’s run.

While he appears to at least be on the table as of now, Hood is certainly worth checking in on from the Sixers’ standpoint.

Now, onto Williams. Drafted by Philadelphia all the back in 2005 with the 45th overall pick, Williams is enjoying the best season of his career for the Los Angeles Clippers. At 31, he doesn’t represent the long-term upside that Hood does, but for this season alone, bringing Williams on to this current Sixers’ roster could be that extra jolt to get them cleanly into the postseason.

Averaging 23 points per game and shooting 41 percent from downtown, Williams fits the role as an iso-scorer better than any player on the Sixers’ current roster. Alongside Simmons and Embiid, Williams could assume the role Fultz was supposed to this season.

Another interesting ripple to the potential Williams fit is that he was on the last Sixers’ roster to make the playoffs. Adding him to this roster would bring his career full circle. This summer, Williams is most likely going to test the market and given his age and potential price tag he may not fit so well into the Sixers’ plans moving forward. But with his history with the club and city, getting him on board for another playoff run with an exciting young team could arguably help in the negotiation process this offseason.

Neither of these potential trades are slam dunks, and it remains to be seen if either player will even be moved. But for where the Sixers stand currently, coupled with their growing postseason expectations, checking in around the league on trade targets that can fulfill obvious needs should be at the forefront of Colangelo’s agenda for the next few weeks.

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Payton Blocking Out Trade Talk, Believes Magic Will Turn It Around

Spencer Davies sits down with Elfrid Payton to discuss his fourth year, trade rumors and a trying season for Orlando in a Basketball Insiders exclusive.

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It’s hard for a team to look for positives when it’s living in the basement.

The Orlando Magic have had a rough go of it this year. They’re 13-32 at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, they’ve have had a ton of setbacks, and they currently rank 29th in the NBA in defensive rating.

There is a bright spot hidden in there, though, and head coach Frank Vogel sees it growing as the season progresses.

“We’re frustrated with our record, but we’re encouraged with the development we’ve had with our young players,” Vogel said before Thursday’s game in Cleveland. “Aaron Gordon, Mario [Hezonja], and [Elfrid Payton] have all had strong individual seasons and continue to get better. All those guys are improving individually and at some point, it’s gonna lead to more Ws.”

While Gordon stands out more to some than the others because of his star appeal, Payton is right up there with him as far as making the next step goes.

“Elfrid’s shooting the ball better from the perimeter and at the rim,” Vogel said. “He’s worked on his left hand. He’s worked on his floaters. Shooting 52 percent from the field and that’s pretty darn good for a point guard, and the 39 percent from the three as well.”

Those are your more traditional statistics that don’t address the leap he’s taken in efficiency. Sure, Payton’s scoring the same amount of points per game, but it’s the way he’s been getting that’s been most noticeable.

According to Basketball-Reference and NBA.com, he’s making nearly 70 percent of his tries between 0-3 feet and ranks third among point guards in restricted field goal percentage (min. four attempts).

But Payton doesn’t like to evaluate himself using numbers, so he doesn’t know how to feel about how he’s played for Orlando this year.

“It’s tough to say because I like to measure my success by winning and we haven’t been doing that,” Payton told Basketball Insiders. “So tough to say.”

He’s not kidding. Since starting out the season 8-4, the Magic have taken a hard fall, only winning five games since November 10. In this stretch, there have been three hefty losing streaks—two 9-game slides and most recently a 7-game skid.

“Not to make excuses—we had a lot of injuries,” Payton told Basketball Insiders of what happened. “Haven’t really been playing with the group of guys that we started the season with, so kinda derailed us a little bit.”

As the losses pile up, so does the chatter. Indicated by multiple recent reports, Orlando has made it clear that many players on the roster are available on the trade block. Evan Fournier, Mario Hezonja, and Payton were recently brought up as names who could possibly on the move if the right deal presents itself.

When asked about the rumblings, Vogel claimed he doesn’t have a message for his guys.

“They understand it’s part of the business,” he said. “Just focus on playing the game.”

Like his coach, Payton doesn’t have a reaction to the noise.

“I don’t get caught up into the things like that,” Payton told Basketball Insiders. “Today I’m an Orlando Magic. I play for the Orlando Magic and I’m gonna give them 100 percent of me. I’m somebody that likes to finish what I started, so I definitely would like to see this through and try to turn this organization around.”

So who does he see on this team that can help jump-start the process in flipping the script?

“Everybody,” Payton told Basketball Insiders. “I like Vuc. I like AG. Evan [Fournier] is somebody who can fill it up. T Ross is somebody who can fill it up when healthy. I think we have a lot of talent on this team. Even the rookies—Wes [Iwundu] plays well for us in stretches. Jon [Isaac] when he was playing he’d do well.

“You could see the potential there. So I think we have a lot of weapons on this team. I’m very confident in the group we have here. I think we have a lot of talent, we just have to do it.”

Saying you’re going to right the ship is one thing. Actually doing it is a whole other challenge. With where the Magic sit in the standings currently, their work is cut out for them. That being said, Payton isn’t giving up.

In fact, he’s still got his eyes on making it to the postseason, and it starts with him.

“Definitely trying to get a run going,” Payton told Basketball Insiders. “Make a playoff push. It’s definitely not out of sight right now, especially with the way the East is. We win a few games and we right back in the thick of things.

“Do whatever I can to help us to get more wins, man. I think that’s what it all boils down to. I figure if I’m playing well, that means we’re winning for the most part.”

Defense matters the most, and it’s something Payton and his group know they need to get better at if they have a chance to play past mid-April.

“Just be tied in together a little bit more,” Payton told Basketball Insiders. “I think sometimes we have too many breakdowns on the backside. So just being more in-tune with each other.”

One thing is for sure—Orlando is going through this difficult time as a team, but refuses to fold. Payton says Vogel has constantly stayed in their ears with uplifting advice.

“Keep fighting,” Payton told Basketball Insiders of his words. “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. No one’s gonna feel sorry for you, so just keep fighting.”

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