Payton Pritchard
23-Year-Old GuardG
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. 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.

Starting Saturday
GBoston Celtics
May 15, 2021
Pritchard will start Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Kemba Walker (neck) and Marcus Smart (calf) are done for the regular season, and Pritchard will make his first start since April 19. In his two previous starts, he's averaged 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.0 minutes.
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Transaction History
  • November 24, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $4.17 million contract with the Celtics.
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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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Adds 22 points off bench
GBoston Celtics
April 23, 2021
Pritchard played 24 minutes off the bench and added 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-7 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and a block during Friday's 109-104 loss to the Nets.
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Leads bench with 10 points
GBoston Celtics
April 22, 2021
Pritchard recorded 10 points (3-8 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and one steal across 21 minutes during Thursday's 99-86 win over the Suns.
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Returns to bench
GBoston Celtics
April 22, 2021
Pritchard will come off the bench Thursday against the Suns, Sean Grande of 98.5 The Sports Hub reports.
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