June 13, 2024

Boston Celtics’ reserve player Payton Pritchard has been pivotal this season, featuring in all 82 games and achieving career-best averages of 9.6 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck discussed Pritchard’s performance on a recent episode of The Greg Hill Show.

“Grousbeck praised Pritchard’s performance, noting his improved speed and confidence in the latter half of the season. The Celtics made their commitment clear to Pritchard and his agent, offering a four-year deal and assuring him of playing time, provided he earned it. This summer, they locked him in, believing in his potential, and he has exceeded expectations. Grousbeck emphasized that Pritchard’s contribution has been a significant factor in the team’s success during the regular season.”

Pritchard inked a lucrative four-year, $30 million contract extension back in October, reflecting the team’s confidence in his abilities. His playing time has significantly increased from last season to this one, jumping from an average of 13.4 minutes per game to 22.3. As the playoffs loom, Pritchard is expected to play a crucial role for the Celtics, particularly in their upcoming first-round series against the Miami Heat, with Game 1 set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Payton Pritchard entering potential breakout Celtics season more mature -  CelticsBlog

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