Payton Pritchard

Payton Pritchard

24-Year-Old GuardG
Boston Celtics
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Pritchard took a small step backward in his second season with the Celtics. New coach Ime Udoka preferred a short rotation, which resulted in Pritchard's minutes per game dipping from 19.2 during his rookie season to 14.1 last season. The trade deadline acquisition of Derrick White from San Antonio also hurt Pritchard's minutes. But despite the shrinking playing time, Pritchard was still a sharpshooter from deep. He once again shot better than 41 percent from behind the arc -- good for 13th in the Association. Unfortunately, Pritchard's counting stats will never look attractive due to limited floor time. This summer, Boston added yet another impediment to Pritchard's playing time. The Celtics added veteran Malcolm Brogdon, who will see lots of minutes at both guard positions. So Pritchard now sits behind Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, White and Brogdon on Boston's depth chart. For 2022-23, look for more high-percentage outside shooting from Pritchard, but little else as the third-year guard fights for playing time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.17 million contract with the Celtics in November of 2020. Celtics exercised $2.24 million team option for 2022-23 in November of 2021. Contract includes $4.04 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Payton Michael Pritchard was born January 28, 1998 in Tualatin, Oregon. He is the son of Melissa and Terry Pritchard. Pritchard attended West Linn High School, where he won four consecutive state titles and was named the 2015 Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year. He also finished high school with a 3.61 GPA. Pritchard chose the University of Oregon for his college studies. Through four years as an Oregon Duck, the point guard started 140 of 144 games, including every game of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Pritchard was the first player in Pac-12 history to register 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists. The pesky point guard majored in general social science and graduated in 2020. Fans can follow the Oregon product on Twitter @fastpp3. After a decorated high school career, Pritchard decided to stay in state and attend the University of Oregon from 2016 to 2020. As a freshman, the Oregon Duck started 35 of 39 games and posted 7.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.3 made three-pointers per game. He and Dillon Brooks also led the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. During his sophomore season, Pritchard's production increased to 14.5 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 three-pointers per contest. Those stats resulted in the West Linn product making the All-Pac-12 Second Team. As a junior, Pritchard's 4.6 assists per game helped guide the Ducks to a 25-13 record and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. In Pritchard's senior season (2019-20), he delivered 20.5 points, 5.5 dimes and 2.8 made-three pointers per game, all college career-best marks. He led the Ducks to a 24-7 record before the season ended prematurely due to COVID-19. The senior was then named Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year and Pac-12 Player of the Year. Thirteen organizations listed Pritchard as a First Team All-American in 2020.

Posts efficient shooting night
GBoston Celtics
November 11, 2022
Pritchard finished with 11 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and one steal across 16 minutes during Friday's 131-112 win over the Nuggets.
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Pritchard has recently re-entered the fold for the Celtics, seeing action the last two games after failing to see the court in the previous four. He's been given an opportunity to play in each of his last two contests, shooting a combined 7-for-12 from the field while collecting eight total rebounds and an assist in 24 minutes. However, he could see his recent playing time diminish once Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) is cleared to return, which could happen over the weekend.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Confident in shot
GBoston Celtics
September 27, 2022
Pritchard said he'd "love to do the three-point contest this year," relays Keith Smith of Spotrac.com.
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Pritchard has showcased an impressive clip through his first two seasons with the Celtics, connecting on 41.2 percent of his triples on 3.6 attempts per game.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
After being selected with the 26th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, many were surprised with Pritchard's production during his rookie season. Among all rookies, the guard finished seventh in total three-pointers, 13th in points and 14th in both assists and minutes played. His strong play enabled Boston to part ways with Jeff Teague mid-season. In the off-season, Boston dealt Kemba Walker to the Thunder but then added Dennis Schroder on a one-year deal. Heading into training camp, the Celtics' backcourt roles are undefined. Will Schroder start at PG as he did for the Lakers or come off the bench in an instant offense role as he did for OKC in 2019-20? Will Marcus Smart start as the shooting guard, as he often did last year, or will he be the starting point guard? Regardless, the late addition of Schroder closes what looked like a big opportunity for Pritchard after the Walker trade. With that said, Pritchard's stats reflect more of a shooting guard's output, despite his point guard designation. Last year, Pritchard dished 1.8 assists and drained 1.5 threes per game while shooting 41.1 percent from behind the arc. Coming off of a strong showing in Summer League, look for Pritchard to attempt to improve upon last season's 19.2 minutes per game.
Pritchard enters a situation in Boston where he is staring up at two veteran point guards on the Boston Celtic depth chart. The rookie (26th pick) certainly will not eat into star Kemba Walker's playing time. So that leaves newly signed 32-year-old veteran Jeff Teague as Pritchard's main competition for playing time. More likely, the addition of Teague gives Pritchard some time to learn to ropes. We also probably shouldn't brush aside 2019 second-round pick Carsen Edwards, though Edwards missed his golden opportunity last season to provide some scoring punch of the bench. Pritchard shot 41.5 percent from behind the arc during his senior season at Oregon. That accuracy, as well as his 20.5 points per game, clearly caught general manager Danny Ainge's attention. As in 2019-20, Boston is looking at a reserve squad that lacks a quick points-off-the-bench option. If Pritchard can get hot early, he may earn some meaningful minutes. If not, which is more likely, he'll probably learn his trade via some quality time with the G League Maine Red Claws.
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Receives third DNP in loss
GBoston Celtics
November 3, 2022
Pritchard received a DNP-Coach's Decision in Wednesday's overtime loss at Cleveland.
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Scores three in loss
GBoston Celtics
October 25, 2022
Payton eked out three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two assists and one rebound across five minutes in Monday's 120-102 loss at Chicago.
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Scores 15 with seven dimes
GBoston Celtics
October 8, 2022
Pritchard registered 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt), seven assists, three rebounds and a steal across 23 minutes in Friday's 112-103 win over the Hornets.
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Third straight in double figures
GBoston Celtics
May 20, 2022
Pritchard amassed 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-6 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes during Thursday's 127-102 victory over the Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Scores 18 points off bench
GBoston Celtics
May 18, 2022
Pritchard supplied 18 points (6-16 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal over 30 minutes during Tuesday's 118-107 loss to the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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