Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton describes triple-double streak as ‘all so crazy’
The New Orleans Pelicans seem to have found a rising star in Elfrid Payton, who’s been sensational for the team as of late.
Payton has put up a triple-double for the fifth consecutive game, making him only the fifth player in NBA history to accomplish such feat, joining Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, and former league MVP Russell Westbrook.
In his interview with HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky, the 25-year old guard said he didn’t expect to achieve such a streak, and he’s surprised that he’s able to do so.
“This is all so crazy. I didn’t know any of this, so it’s kind of wild. I’m surprised! It’s a cool feeling.”
Payton has averaged 12.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 8.0 assists since the All-Star break, and why it didn’t result to a lot of wins (The Pels are 1-4 during his streak), it looks like Elfrid is going to be part of New Orleans’ long-term future.
The Pelicans will be looking to rebuild in the offseason, when they are also expected to trade Anthony Davis. The team is of course, looking at the current roster to see who’s worth keeping.
Aside from Payton, Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor have been showing flashes of star potential, but the all-around guard has been the most impressive.
Payton has already played for three teams despite being in the league for only five years. He still wants to find a place where he can settle down, and if he continues to perform at an elite level the rest of the way, New Orleans might just be the place he’ll call home.