Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is going back to his Eugene, Oregon roots.
The Boston Celtics have selected local product Payton Pritchard as the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
After four years at Oregon, Pritchard is moving onto the next level.
The 2020 Pac-12 Player of the Year was absolutely dominant in conference play during his senior season with the Ducks averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
He also became the first player in Pac-12 history to have at least 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists.
And now he won’t even have to change his uniform colors, well kind of.
The Celtics are taking a chance on the 6’2,”190 pounds point guard out of West Linn, Oregon.
Pritchard was projected to be a late second round pick, not a late first rounder.
But, the 2020 Draft is unlike anything we’ve seen.
And with not too many in-person workouts to speak of, teams can look at players who have a lot of upside and college experience.
And Pritchard has just that.
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