Payton Pritchard ‘Could Get Buried’ This Coming Season

Derrick White and Payton Pritchard of the Boston Celtics.


Derrick White and Payton Pritchard of the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics will be adding Malcolm Brogdon into a guard rotation that includes Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and Payton Pritchard this coming season. Those are five guards to play in only 48 minutes of basketball a night. Celtics insider Steve Bulpett believes having more veterans around will help Head Coach Ime Udoka’s comfort level, but it may leave Pritchard as the odd man out, which he thinks is not a good idea.

“This year, he’s got more veterans to play with. That will give any coach a greater comfort factor. But then again, I fear a guy like Payton Pritchard could get buried again. Even with more people in the backcourt, you still have to find minutes for a shooter like that and a guy who can advance the ball like that.”

Bulpett believes that Udoka may limit Pritchard since he did something like that during the 2021-22 season.

“I think he leaned on veterans a little bit more than was healthy at times. I think he went away from guys who needed minutes, younger guys.”