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Some candid analysis on Celtics sophomore, Payton Pritchard

 Sophomore Celtics guard, Payton Pritchard, may not be seeing many more minutes than last season (19.2 MPG) due to the signing of Dennis Schroder. But he showed poise and promise in his rookie season, and fans can expect an even better performance in 2021-22. Here are some tidbits from past and present NBA scouts via CelticsBlog on Pritchard's future:



“My immediate thought is his range is great. He’s got that (Stephen) Curry, (Damian) Lillard range."

“The next thing I look at is his off-the-dribble game. He needs to develop a good pullup jumper. Guys his size have to have that."

 "...can be a playmaker, or is he really a small two? I think Boston thinks he’s the second right now, because they signed (Dennis) Schroder in the backcourt with him."

"But I think (Payton) Pritchard is already a better ballhandler than Seth Curry is. And he showed signs as a passer."

“I don’t want to be the guy making the cheap, easy “white guy” comp here, but he was quicker than I thought and he’s tough and scrappy."

"But if he can be an annoying defender, that will go a long way. He’s a guy that needs to soak up everything he can from Marcus Smart.”

I recommend reading the whole article. I agree with much of the analysis. I believe Payton is a small-two who can learn to be a pesky defender. And as one scout indicated, Payton is "tough and scrappy". He has the quickness and strength to accomplish that. Improvement in the passing department will help his game immensely. But right now it his shooting range and accuracy that will earn him minutes as a backup at both guard positions. 

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