The former Oregon guard has lit it up at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and most recently, Pritchard torched things at the Portland Pro-Am. Pritchard had games of 60 and 92 points at the Pro-Am which has Celtics fans giddy about improvements he has made over the summer.
Following his 92 point outing, Pritchard responded by keeping things simple and focusing on his next task.
Back in Vegas on Tuesday for summer league chip! https://t.co/Ns0bJWvYEl
— Payton Pritchard (@paytonpritch3) August 16, 2021
It is worth nothing that these games like the Portland Pro-Am that take place, usually get way into the 100's when it comes to team scoring. Still, 92 points is just a wild performance from anyone. Pritchard seemed to almost shrug it off as he now shifts his focus to the Celtics' NBA Summer League title game.
Boston will play the Sacramento Kings in the championship on Tuesday night. Pritchard is scheduled to be back with the squad as the Celtics look to wrap up a perfect 5-0 mark in Las Vegas.
There are plenty of questions at point guard for Boston next year. They traded away Kemba Walker in the offseason and even though they bring back Marcus Smart and Payton Pritchard, some were hoping the Celtics would make a splash move at the position in the offseason. They ended up signing Dennis Schroder instead, to a one-year deal.
Pritchard could see an uptick in minutes with an expanded role for the Celtics in the 2021 season and if his shooting and confidence has been taken to the next level, it could be exactly the boost Boston needs.