Payton Pritchard

Payton Pritchard

26-Year-Old GuardG
Boston Celtics
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After the departure of Marcus Smart to Memphis, more point guard minutes were available for Pritchard. However, Boston made a surprise move to land Jrue Holiday ahead of training camp. Malcolm Brogdon left in the deal, so it appears Pritchard could still wind up being the top guard behind Holiday and Derrick White to open the campaign. Pritchard will compete with Dalano Banton and possibly JD Davison (two-way contract), but it's the former's job to lose. Over three seasons with the Celtics, Pritchard has averaged 15.6 minutes per contest, with a healthy number of DNP-Coach's Decisions. The point guard's minutes trend has actually declined each season, due mostly to his struggles on the defensive end. Many opponents ran isolation plays directed at the diminutive Pritchard. On the offensive end, Pritchard gives the Celtics a quick boost of three-point shooting. His career average of 39 percent from behind the arc is notable. Last season, Pritchard produced per-36-minute results of 15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.1 triples. As those stats show, he's a shoot-first point guard. Unfortunately, Pritchard is very unlikely to ever see 36 minutes per contest, unless Boston suffers multiple long-term injuries. But an improvement over last season's 13.4 minutes per contest is likely. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $30 million contract extension with the Celtics in October of 2023.
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.

Boosts offensively off bench in win
GBoston Celtics
April 7, 2024
Pritchard finished with 20 points (9-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Sunday's 124-107 victory over the Trail Blazers.
ANALYSIS
Pritchard led all Celtics bench players in scoring and assists while ending two dimes shy of the double-digit mark to provide an offensive lift for Boston' second unit. Pritchard has handed out at least eight assists in seven games this season, adding 20 or more points in two of those outings. He has now surpassed the 20-point mark in nine appearances, including in two straight games.
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How does Payton Pritchard compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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58.4%
 
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57.1%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
62.2%
 
Free Throw Rate
8.8%
 
Offensive Rebound %
4.4%
 
Defensive Rebound %
10.9%
 
Total Rebound %
7.8%
 
Assist %
19.6%
 
Steal %
0.9%
 
Block %
0.3%
 
Turnover %
6.1%
 
Usage %
16.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
18.5
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Scoring more efficiently at home
GBoston Celtics
January 16, 2024
Pritchard has averaged 8.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the field and 41.2 percent shooting from deep across 19 home games this season, as opposed to 7.2 points on 38.1 percent shooting from the field and 33.0 percent shooting from deep in 21 games on the road.
ANALYSIS
Pritchard's three-point shooting has been lights-out when the Celtics are at home. Pritchard and Boston's home-court advantage are operating symbiotically, as the team owns a perfect 19-0 record at home this season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Hands out eight dimes off bench
GBoston Celtics
April 4, 2024
Pritchard produced 11 points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, eight assists and two steals over 28 minutes during Wednesday's 135-100 victory over Oklahoma City.
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Quality play continues
GBoston Celtics
March 26, 2024
Pritchard accumulated 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five rebounds and six assists over 28 minutes during Monday's 120-118 loss to the Hawks.
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Back to bench
GBoston Celtics
March 23, 2024
Pritchard will return to a reserve role in Saturday's game versus the Bulls, Sean Grande of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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Pops for 20 in Friday's start
GBoston Celtics
March 23, 2024
Pritchard accumulated 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-9 3Pt), two rebounds and nine assists across 38 minutes during Friday's 129-102 victory over the Pistons.
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Moves into starting lineup
GBoston Celtics
March 22, 2024
Pritchard will start Friday's game against the Pistons, Sean Grande of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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