Payton Pritchard’s Summer Success
In a surprising turn of events, Payton Pritchard is making waves this summer. After temporarily losing his spot in the Boston Celtics rotation due to the arrival of Malcolm Brogdon, Pritchard now has an opportunity to regain minutes on the court following Marcus Smart’s trade for Kristaps Porzingis. This unexpected twist has set the stage for an exciting season ahead.
Pritchard’s desire for a trade was solely driven by basketball ambitions and not dissatisfaction with the Celtics organization. As a true hooper, he simply wanted to continue playing the game he loves. However, there is another reason for him to celebrate that goes beyond Independence Day festivities.
On July 3rd, Pritchard took to Instagram to announce his engagement to girlfriend Emma MacDonald. The couple had been dating for six months before deciding to take their relationship further. The heartfelt proposal took place in Cape Cod and both Pritchard and MacDonald can be seen radiating happiness in their Instagram photos together.
Now, alongside wedding planning preparations off the court, Pritchard faces hard work on it as well. With ample time during the offseason, he will likely focus on developing new skills that align with Joe Mazzulla’s desired style of play next season. Under Ime Udoka, Pritchard showed improvement in screening and cutting techniques which made him a versatile option at either guard position despite his perceived lack of size.
Prioritizing sharpshooting upon entering the league, Pritchard already possesses Mazzulla’s most coveted skillset. In light of potential consistent playing time, the Oregon native should have no trouble reestablishing his perimeter shot. Everything seems to be falling into place for Pritchard at the moment and fans can only hope that his good fortune extends to the court, positively impacting his teammates as they aim to put their Eastern Conference Finals disappointment behind them.