Boston Celtics reserve guard Payton Pritchard has done just about everything right during his first three seasons in the NBA with Boston.
Pritchard has been as consistent as they come, with career shooting splits of 43/39/89, he’s proved to be a sharpshooter at the NBA level.
In his second season last year, Pritchard was a valuable piece to Boston’s limited rotation that ran the table all the way to the NBA Finals. It’s hard to find players as poised as Pritchard.
Pritchard joined Andre Iguodala on the Point Forward Podcast and did a little Q&A with the four-time champion.
AI: Walk me through the next five or 10 years for yourself.
PP: Obviously after I’m done here, after this year, I’d like to look, be a part of a bigger role a little bit.
AI: You should want that.
PP: I definitely do. It’s obviously what I work for. I think that’s what Brad and them know, too. We’ve had that discussion, but a bigger role. I want to be part of a winning culture but I want to also help that, be a really big piece of that. I’m not saying it’s the best player on the team but I don’t know what my future holds unless I can take that next step. I don’t know what it is in five or 10 years but I just want to look back and know that I put my best foot forward. I put all the work in so whatever happens I can live with as long as I did it my way. That’s the most important thing for me.
Pritchard mentions that he’s had talks about his future with Brad Stevens, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
Unfortunately, Pritchard is a victim of building a great roster. He came in extremely poised as a rookie to an already championship contending team. It was always inevitable for him to fall in the depth chart in Boston, and it has nothing to do with him as a player which makes this more challenging.
Pritchard has always had value to the Celtics but he’s even more valuable now in regards to the veteran point guard position that needs to be load managed heading into the need of the regular season and the playoffs approaching.
I think we all know it. Pritchard knows it. Brad knows it. Pritchard is going to join a team that needs his services and prove to be an upgrade wherever he lands.
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