Payton Pritchard is coming off a rookie season with the Celtics which saw him crack their rotation and was the occasional starter.
He averaged 7.7 points in almost 20 minutes of action on 44% shooting, 41% from three, and 88% from the free-throw line.
Now, he’s participating in Summer League for the first time in preparation for another big role with the team.
In his Summer League debut, Pritchard recorded 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals on 7-for-18 shooting. The second-year guard has never been afraid to shoot, as he took 15 three’s and all of his field-goal makes were from the three-point line.
“Just shooting off the pick-and-roll, shooting in a different variety of ways,” Pritchard said on developing after last season. “Just adding that. As the games go on, just getting into the paint now. It’s the first game so our wind was not the same and stuff like that. There’s always stuff to improve on.”
Pritchard’s experience is so vast as a four-year player coming out of Oregon and has proven to be more than a regular young player. He’s a polished player that knows his role and can excel at it while doing a little bit of everything.
It’s uncommon for players to shoot so efficiently early into their NBA career, and that’s what Pritchard has done.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Celtics shut him down at some point during Summer League and give his minutes to someone else who could use the opportunity.
“Payton is a great competitor, he’s a great player,” said Celtics SL HC Joe Mazzulla. “What we were looking for from him was to just be himself and make people around him better. I thought he did a great job controlling the game.”