Mar 20, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns guard Elfrid Payton (2) speaks to the media during a press conference before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Lakers could draft Elfrid Payton at No. 7 overall

With the NBA Draft getting closer and closer, we are starting to hear names we really weren’t before start to rise up boards and get serious considerations for high picks. Take Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Elfrid Payton as the latest example of this as he appears to be the mid-major player that everyone falls in love with in the 11th hour.

It’s not a bad thing that Payton is rocketing up draft boards, as the last guy to do that was a guard out of Weber State named Damian Lillard and that’s worked out well so far for the Portland Trail Blazers who took him No. 6 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

According to Chad Ford, the stock for Payton is absolutely through the roof in these final weeks before the NBA Draft and he could end up going as high as No. 7 overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers need a point guard and they need one now. They’ve gone far too long with just Kobe Bryant leading the team and we’ve seen the NBA morph into a point guard league in the time Kobe has been playing. With the exception of the Miami Heat, every team that made it to the Conference Semifinal round of the playoffs this year had a star point guard leading them as the likes of Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, John Wall and others helped lead their teams deep into the playoffs.

Los Angeles has no one and that’s likely to change in the draft. Marcus Smart and Dante Exum are options for the Lakers as well, but Payton is shooting up boards and he may start to become more realistic of an option at No. 7 the closer we get to the draft.

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  • J Taylor

    Come on Josh…
    There is a reason why Payton was sunk in the middle of the teens for so long.

    This draft is about drafting the next superstar, not the next Damian Lillard.
    If the team passes on Gordon, Exum, Smart, or Vonleh for Payton, there will be rioting in the streets and the team will lose even more credibility.

  • Vismark Mariano

    IF we want to draft Payton, let’s buy another 1st round pick from any of the teams with multiple 1st round picks. Let’s use the 7th pick on either randle, smart, vonleh or gordon (who i think will be available with the 7th pick). Then if we want to turn the Lakers into a more competitive team SIGN a relevant free agent player(s). Let’s not dream anymore and do what’s best and achievable.

  • M T

    Kings are shopping their 8th pick for vets.
    Sign and trade Pau, Nick, 2016 swap option, 2016 2nd, and maybe even trade
    Marshall to a 3rd team for that 8th pick. Pau and Nick would agree to the sign
    and trade bcz they’ll still play in CA, they’ll be a part of a new and improved
    team, and they are just less than an hour flight away from LA whenever they
    want to visit.

    Draft GORDON and trade away that 8th pick to the Suns for their 14th and 18th. Draft
    Elfrid and Payne. Once everyone learns about the impact that these guys have on
    their teams and the game, you will love them. They impact the game in multiple
    ways unlike guys who only score. These guys aren’t risky.

    Re-sign **HILL** and Jodie. Sign Lowry and/or Lance. Wait for for 2015 to get
    Love for free. This would be a title team with little to no weaknesses bcz
    everyone contributes in more ways than one. Also, none of these players are a
    defensive liability.