FVV is built like a fire hydrant and is strong as hell, which allow those traits to shine through. We’ll see about Pritchard.Yup. I don't really like the pick, but I do acknowledge he has some of the Fred Van Vleet-like traits that sometimes lead to lower picks having a positive impact.
Still, I'd rather have taken the shot on Terry or McDaniels for the upside. Prove me wrong, Pritchard
Nope, it's right in the range.30 is too early for Killian Tillie, I assume?
Like him, even if early, if we can get rid of Vincent Kanter. Good complement to Time Lord. 40% 3pt (college) shooter.
Pritchard, from ESPN.com:
One of the most accomplished guards in the draft, Pritchard's shooting range, toughness and maturity should get him on the floor early in his career. While he shouldered a heavy load for the Ducks and can score at all three levels in pick-and-roll, his value as a spot shooter makes him intriguing in multiguard lineups. Pritchard moves well off the ball, has excellent shot preparation and is an efficient catch-and-shoot marksman. He's a pull-up threat once he crosses half court. He's also a greatly improved finisher with all the veteran tricks.
On defense, Pritchard is hard-nosed and sturdy enough to hold his own, even with teams likely to seek him out as a rookie. The 22-year-old senior shows similarities to Toronto's Fred VanVleet as a tough, ground-bound guard with the knack for timely shots. Jalen Brunson is another name that comes to mind when evaluating Pritchard. Like VanVleet has done alongside Kyle Lowry and Brunson to a lesser degree next to Luka Doncic, I'd expect Pritchard to emerge as an under-drafted overachiever who can fit next to another accomplished guard on a playoff team.
Pritchard isn't the shiftiest shot creator, a run-and-jump athlete or very big, at 6-2 with a 6-4 wingspan. The fact that he can pull up from 30 feet will open up opportunities, but creating efficient offense early in his career will be challenging. He's also more of a scorer than a playmaker at this stage. His critics will also question whether he can keep up with the NBA's elite point guards defensively, but I think he'll ultimately be an asset on that end of the floor. -- Mike Schmitz
One of the best players in college basketball, Payton Pritchard's deep shooting range, toughness, experience and character will likely make him a fan favorite in Boston early in his career. -- Jonathan Givony