2020 NBA Draft Profile: Payton Pritchard
6’2 | PG | 22.3 | Oregon | SR
Payton Pritchard carried the momentum he built at the end his junior year into his senior season emerging as a National Player of the Year candidate with his ability to score efficiently and create steadily from the point guard position. Widely regarded as one of the top-50 prospects in the country following his senior year at West Linn High School (OR) in 2016, Pritchard started nearly every game of his freshman season under Head Coach Dana Altman at Oregon. After earning a spot on the United States team that took silver at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship, Pritchard established himself as an All-Pac-12 caliber performer as a sophomore, but really broke out at the very end of his junior year. Averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 assists per game this year, the Oregon native was named a Consensus 1st Team All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year as he established himself as one of the best players in the country.
- Standing 6’2 with a strong 206-pound frame that has come a long way from his prep days and a 6’4.5 wingspan, Pritchard has decent size for a point guard to go along with good quickness that complements his polish as a ball handler and shooter.
- Starting the season well but steadily heating up from the perimeter, Pritchard scored in bunches off the dribble and made several big shots for an Oregon team that finished in the AP Top-15. Given the freedom to look for his own offense in transition, create out of ball screens, and get shots up out of a variety of designed actions, Pritchard looked for his own offense aggressively as a senior but got his teammates involved steadily as well.
- Displaying more competitiveness than a lot of players who carried a heavy offensive burden in big minutes, Pritchard is not overly long, but used his strength and quickness to more than hold his own defensively.
- Serving as the primary shot creator for the Ducks, Pritchard not only operated extensively out of ball screen actions, but was also tasked with setting the pace for a team that played slow. Allowed to strike a balance between controlling tempo and being aggressive attacking in space and looking for his own shot while getting others involved, Pritchard thrived offensively this season as his confidence and consistency as a shooter and ability to get to spots put significant pressure on defenses.
- Getting a third of his possessions from pick and rolls or isolations, Pritchard scored more points than he created with passes off the bounce. A strong ball handler with sharp footwork, he scored 0.96 points per pick and roll possession [89th percentile] as his ability to rise and fire with deep range and navigate his way to the rim made him difficult to slow down this season.
- As capable as Pritchard is off the dribble, he proved most effective as a set shooter. Finding opportunities on not just spot ups, but off screens and hand offs as well, he scored 1.27 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [91st percentile]. He shoots the ball with sound mechanics, great confidence, and deep range.
- More strong than explosive as a finisher and unselfish than dynamic as a passer, Pritchard has room to grow as a playmaker. Consistently making the simple read in the pick and roll, the evolution of his jumper helped open up opportunities for him to make his teammates better. Scoring 1.16 points per shot around the rim in the half court [57th percentile], he does a decent job picking and choosing his spots to score and throw lobs and did a better job drawing fouls as a senior than he did as an underclassman.
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- Ranked 1st in the Pac-12 in transition scoring (4.8 ppg)
- Ranked 1st in the Pac-12 in isolation scoring (2.4 ppg)
- Ranked 3rd in the Pac-12 in spot up scoring (4.9 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the Pac-12 in pick and roll scoring (4.3 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the Pac-12 in hand off scoring (1.0 ppg)
- Playing with good intensity defensively, Pritchard’s strong frame and motor helped him hold his own in most matchups. He is not particularly long which makes it difficult for him to contest shots at times but is a willing defender who allowed 0.83 points per isolation possession [39th percentile].
- Hunting rebounds to create opportunities to push the pace, Pritchard is more steady than he is aggressive on the perimeter.