Payton Pritchard joins Larry Bird on short list after historic night vs. Raptors


Former Oregon Duck Payton Pritchard is already making a name for himself in Boston.

The Celtics rookie guard is looking comfortable in his new threads, playing significant minutes in just 8 games into the season.

On Monday against the Raptors, Pritchard went to the next level that Boston fans haven’t seen from a rookie in some time.

Pritchard had 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the bench with eight assists in the Celtics’ 126-114 win.

The last Celtic player to drop 23 or more points and eight more assists in their first 42 games? Oh you know, a guy named Larry Bird.

It's worth noting that Pritchard is also the first Celtics rookie to put up 23 and eight in a game since Antoine Walker back in 1997.

Besides already make some history in a Celtics uniform, the No. 26 overall pick is also dominating amongst his rookie class.

His 23 points were the most by a rookie this season, and Pritchard ranks fourth among other rookies in total points scored at 69.

Top picks Anthony Edwards (82), LaMelo Ball (81) and James Wiseman (80) are ahead of Pritchard in points scored.

Pritchard is leading the category in minutes played for all rookies with 185 minutes.

The former Duck is certainly making a name for himself in the city of Boston Usually, you don’t see rookies taken that low do so well so fast.

It might be too early to say, but could Pritchard be in the lead for the rookie of the year award?

He's currently at +4000 to win it, odds provided by PointsBet. 


Again, might be too early for that conversation, but if he continues to play well all season and get the minutes he is getting he might just run away with the award. 

Right now, it's a good bet!


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