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. 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.

Scores 17 points off bench
GBoston Celtics
January 15, 2022
Pritchard recorded 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, four assists and one steal over 24 minutes during Friday's 111-99 loss to the 76ers.
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Pritchard led all bench scorers with 17 points and notched his seventh double-digit scoring performance of the season. After a promising rookie campaign, the Oregon product has struggled in his second year, but he's certainly still capable off an occasional offensive outburst. With Marcus Smart (thigh/COVID-19 protocols) likely to return to the lineup soon, Pritchard will once again have to compete with Dennis Schroder as the top guard off the bench.
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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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Returning Wednesday
GBoston Celtics
January 12, 2022
Pritchard (COVID-19 protocols) is available for Wednesday's contest against the Pacers.
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Listed as questionable
GBoston Celtics
Covid-19
January 11, 2022
Pritchard (COVID-19 protocols) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Pacers.
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Sitting out fourth straight game
GBoston Celtics
Covid-19
January 9, 2022
Pritchard (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) won't be available for Monday's game against the Pacers.
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Enters health and safety protocols
GBoston Celtics
Covid-19
January 5, 2022
Pritchard was placed in the league's health and safety protocols Wednesday, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
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Coming off bench Friday
GBoston Celtics
December 31, 2021
Pritchard will come off the bench Friday against the Suns, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
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