Payton Pritchard
23-Year-Old GuardG
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.17 million contract with the Celtics in November of 2020. Contract includes $2.24 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

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.

College/International Summary

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.

Trending toward playing
GBoston Celtics
Not Injury Related
August 17, 2021
Pritchard is trending toward playing in Tuesday's Las Vegas Summer League championship game against the Kings, Chris Grenham of Forbes Sports reports.
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The second-year guard has been among the top performers in Las Vegas -- so much so that the Celtics have been lobbying for Pritchard to be held out of what's ultimately a meaningless final game. However, Pritchard has reportedly pushed to play in the title game, and as of Tuesday morning it appears he may get his wish. With that said, a final call is yet to be made, so keep an eye on Pritchard's status throughout the day before deploying him in Summer League DFS contests.
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After four years at the University of Oregon, Pritchard was selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Initial expectations were low for the rookie guard, who joined a talented Celtics' depth chart. But Kemba Walker's early season knee issues made minutes available for Pritchard, and FastPP made the most of his opportunity. The Oregon product made his NBA debut on opening night, Dec. 23, and delivered three points, one rebound and one steal during a home win over the Bucks. The rookie appeared in Boston's first 14 games and averaged a surprising 7.7 points, 2.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.2 threes over 20.9 minutes per contest, while shooting an impressive 42.5 percent from behind the arc. On Jan. 4, FastPP posted 23 points and eight assists during a win at Toronto. Pritchard quickly passed veteran Jeff Teague on the depth chart, but suffered a knee injury on Jan. 22 that forced the rookie to miss seven games. Pritchard then appeared in all of Boston's remaining 52 games and five playoff games. On Apr. 27, the rookie scored a career-high 28 points, plus dealt four dimes, in a home loss to the Thunder. For the season, the rookie shot 41.1 percent on three-point attempts, which ranked second among all rookies with 65 or more attempts. In Game 4 of Boston's playoff series against Brooklyn, Pritchard posted 12 points, three assists and two rebounds over 24 minutes of run.

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2020 Fantasy Outlook
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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Status iffy for Summer League final
GBoston Celtics
Not Injury Related
August 16, 2021
Pritchard's status remains clouded for Tuesday's Summer League championship game against Portland, MassLive.com reports.
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Done with Summer League
GBoston Celtics
August 13, 2021
Pritchard's Summer League season is over due to a private prior engagement he discussed with the team, John Karalis of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
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Starting Saturday
GBoston Celtics
May 15, 2021
Pritchard will start Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Scores 15 off bench
GBoston Celtics
May 12, 2021
Pritchard registered 15 points (5-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 102-94 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Scores 28 off bench
GBoston Celtics
April 27, 2021
Pritchard played 33 minutes off the bench and registered 28 points (9-16 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four assists, three rebounds and a steal Tuesday in the 119-115 loss to the Thunder.
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