Is Elfrid Payton The Reason Scott Skiles Resigned As Head Coach Of The Magic?
Orlando Magic point guard and former Louisiana Ragin' Cajun Elfrid Payton recently wrapped up his second season in the NBA.
While he battled through injuries the first 4 months of the season, his play surged when healthy, beginning with a triple-double performance on March 23rd, followed by a quad of double-doubles and five consecutive double-digit scoring games.
During the last two months of the season, he began to erase doubters who felt he was in the midst of a "sophomore slump".
With a ceiling as high as Payton's, one would think a head coach would want to help the former 10th overall pick reach it.
However, that doesn't appear to be the wish of recently resigned Magic head coach Scott Skiles.
Skiles, a former Magic point guard himself, unexpectedly resigned yesterday after one season as head coach in Orlando.
According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando-Sentinel, Skiles was not as high on Payton as Orlando's front office.
One of the disagreements between Skiles and the Magic front office was about the team's point guard situation. Hennigan and the front office regarded — and still regard — Elfrid Payton as the franchise's point guard of the future. Skiles did not.
Skiles resignation may be the best thing for Payton.
Orlando's next hire will likely be a head coach who agrees with the front office on Payton's ceiling and future with the franchise.
At only 22 years old, his defense is outstanding, along with his ability to fill up multiple boxes on the stat sheet.