The Trail BlazersThe 2019-20 season is well established in the rearview mirror and 2020 Draft NBA Now on the horizon. As of now, the draft is scheduled to take place on November 18th. Unlike last year, the Blazers enter the process with two picks at their disposal. Portland currently has Pick No. 16 in the first round and No. 46 in the second round.
Profile viewed today at Oregon Dax All-American Point guard Payton Pritchard. A college freshman for four years and a West Lane resident is a strong possibility in the second round as a potential captain off the bench.
- Height: 6’2 ”
- Weight: 205
- Its wings: 6’4 ”
- Shoots: right
- position: PG
- Omar: 22
- Expected draft scope: 40-55
- points: 20.5 | Per 40: 22.4
- REB: 4.3 | Per 40: 4.7
- AST: 5.5 | Per 40: 6.1
- STL: 1.5 | Per 40: 1.7
- FG%: 46.8
- 3P%: 41.5
- FT%: 82.1
Pritchard is a wily and brilliant veteran with a deluge of experience in big games. He’s an excellent playmaker who took on the offensive in Oregon through one of the greatest spells in school history, playing alongside NBA talents like Dillon BrooksAnd the Jordan BellAnd the Chris Boucher And the Troy Brown Jr. Defensively, he has good hands and a strong frame that helps him get the most out of his limited sport.
In addition to traditional point guard skills such as handling the ball, passing and seeing the ground, Pritchard has the ability to score on his own. His proficiency increased throughout his college career, culminating in a major season in which he set records as he averaged 20 points per match. Perhaps the aspect that will translate better to the next level is his three-point shot – which improved dramatically from his young year (33%) to a year (42%), as he was tasked with carrying a much larger scoring.
His range also improved dramatically, as he was in regular contact from further outside the NBA range during the 2019-20 season. At 6’2 “, this would help him take on much taller defenders at the next level.
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Pritchard’s biggest weakness is undoubtedly his lack of exercise. While dominating the college game, play was much faster at the NBA level – like players. He will likely have a much tougher time to reach the edge, especially the finish against the bigger and stronger defenders that the National Basketball Association has to offer. Moreover, if he makes a foul, his percentage of free throws is low – especially for such a strong outside shooter.
He is strong enough to hold his defense, but his lack of lateral velocity and almost no flanker will make difficult confrontations against the faster and longer rangers. Unfortunately, since this is something he really can’t control, there is probably not much room for improvement. Overall, it will likely have achieved its cap.
Depleted Pritchard drove Ducks Team for Buck 12 Regular Season Tournament (conference championships canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and taken home a laundry list of end-of-season accolades, including All-American First Team, Pac-12 Player of the Year, and Bob Cousy Awards – presented to the nation’s best goalkeeper. He became the all-time assistant Oregon captain in late January, ending his career as the fourth goalscorer in basketball history at the Ducks.
Pritchard projects as a model reserve guard. His extra range of distance helps offset his sporting limitations. His vast experience should make him ready to contribute right away, albeit in a much smaller role than he used to in college – especially last season. His early career in Oregon, where he was surrounded by talent and more work as a facilitator, would facilitate the transition to the NBA.
As someone who will likely remain on the board when you pick the Blazers in Round Two, Pritchard appears to be a perfect fit, as Portland lacks an apparent reserve guard for Damian Lillard. The Dame averaged 37.5 minutes last season, the most since its rookie year. Inverney Simmons He showed glimpses of playmaking ability this year, but he’s still a number one goalkeeper, and he’s not someone the Blazers could count on with any kind of consistency in a regular role.