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Pritchard makes sense as first guard off the bench

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The current rotation projects to have Smart starting and second-year guard Payton Pritchard leading the second unit on a nightly basis. Last season’s guard rotation consisted of Kemba Walker, Jeff Teague, Marcus Smart, and Pritchard understandably, the rookie frequently found himself playing alongside one of his veteran counterparts. Here’s where the encouraging part comes into play: despite operating as an off-ball guard for a large portion of the season, Pritchard still ended the year averaging five drives per game. The defense knows that the 6’2″ guard is a threat to pull up from anywhere, so they can’t afford to sag off him too much, meaning that when Pritchard puts the ball on the floor, he can navigate driving lanes far easier once he gets his man on his hip.

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