• In his first game as a member of the Suns, Elfrid Payton totaled 19 points (8-of-13 shooting), six rebounds and nine assists in 35 minutes on Saturday.

    Payton didn’t add any cash counters but hit all three attempts from the charity stripe as a small consolation. The move to Phoenix should help him out, and the sheer opportunity he’s been handed will probably compensate for any adjustment period as he tries to mesh with teammates who, for the most part, are finding their own ways in the NBA. Payton turned in middle-round value with a great run in the second half last year and is shaping up to post top-100 numbers from here on out if tonight was a sign of things to come. Josh Gray notched three steals and a block but only played 13 minutes, and it seems his fantasy stock is dropping hastily.

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