Elfrid Payton has earned the respect and trust of his Orlando Magic teammates, and they've rewarded him by naming him Best Teammate in the National Basketball Players Association's Players Voice Awards, which the NBPA announced via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
"It’s always nice to be recognized for your accomplishments, but it’s extra special to win an award when you know it’s voted on by your peers," said Chris Paul, the president of the NBPA, in a statement.
In addition to naming the best teammate on each of the league's 30 clubs, the Players Voice Awards also includes such unique honors as Clutch Performer, Best Social Media Follow, Coach You'd Most Like to Play For, and Best Dressed, among others.
Payton, 22, is entering his third season as Orlando's starting point guard. He owns career averages of 9.7 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors are the only two Eastern Conference point guards to earn Best Teammate on their respective clubs.