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Luke Kornet and Payton Pritchard: The long-and-short of it

 In a position-less system, where does the big man and little guy fit - if at all?

My take on Brad Stevens is that if he had the right troops, he would have his roster filled with players in the 6'6"-to-6'8" range - no size mismatches and no bigs unable to cover the perimeter. Well, his current crop is close to that, but 6'1" Payton Pritchard and 7'2" Luke Kornet don't fit that "position-less" profile. How much will they really play?


Payton has taken a hit across the board in his sophomore season. His minutes, points, rebounds, assists, and shooting percentages are all down from his rookie season. But it is the drop in accuracy that is concerning. In his debut season, he was .440 from the field, and that has dropped to .379. From beyond the arc? Down from ..411 last season to .370 this season. 


Kornet has the size, but he doesn't fill any specific need sufficiently to earn moderate minutes - Which is why he has traveled widely in the NBA and G League. But he can do a little bit of everything, and it will be interesting to see how much of a leash Ime Udoka gives him.

There it is! The long-and-short of it. My take! I think Pritchard needs his minutes raised to his rookie-year-level of 19 minutes per game. It appears he needs that amount of floor time to boost his shooting accuracy. I am sure that ability has not abandoned him.

Kornet? I believe he will be a "situational substitute" - entering the game briefly to cover an out-of-bounds play by the opposition - serving as another shot-blocker beside Rob Williams - or hanging out beyond the arc as a decoy. 


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