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Elfrid Payton named to All-Rookie First Team

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On Monday, the rookie point guard was rewarded for his strong play all season.

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For the second straight year an Orlando Magic rookie has been named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. A year after backcourt mate Victor Oladipo made the team, Magic point guard Elfrid Payton was named to the team. Payton, who finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting, got 121 first team votes, and eight second team votes.

The Magic's point guard is joined by Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins, Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel, Chicago's Nikola Mirotic, and the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson.

In his first NBA season, Payton played all 82 games -- becoming the first Magic rookie since Dwight Howard in 2004 to do so -- while starting 63 of those games. The defensive menace finished the season with averages of 8.9 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 42.5 percent from the field.

Along with playing in all 82 games, Payton also became the first Magic player to ever record back-to-back triple-doubles, and the first rookie since Antoine Walker in 1997 to do so.