Celtics Talk Podcast: Comparing Payton Pritchard to former MVPs; Exclusive interview with the rookie

Justin Leger
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Celtics Talk Podcast: Comparing Pritchard to former MVPs originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are looking like legit young superstars, but it's rookie Payton Pritchard who has stolen the show for the Boston Celtics so far this season.

The 26th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft has come out of nowhere to provide a major spark off the bench for the C's through their first eight games. In Monday night's win over the Toronto Raptors, Pritchard went off for 23 points and eight assists.

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The Pritchard hype is so real that he's already drawing comparisons to some NBA greats. Well, sort of.

John Tomase joined Chris Forsberg on a brand new episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast to discuss what he's seen out of Pritchard so far, and the Oregon product is reminding him of some of the league's biggest names.

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"When they drafted him, you know, you do that thing where you just start googling. And so the first thing that popped up was the dribble drills he was doing in his basement. I was like 'Oh, that's pretty cool. That's got a little Steph Curry.' He's not Steph Curry, I'm just saying," Tomase said.

"Then you watch the very first game, and the first thing you see is he never picks up his dribble, kind of like Steve Nash. He's not Steve Nash, I'm just saying. It reminded me a little of Steve Nash. He would always keep his dribble under the basket and you'd have so many more options. ...

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"Then you watch him shoot 3s and I'm like, 'Jeez, he kind of looks like Mark Price.' So I've now compared him to two MVPs and a multi-time All-Star.' And then we watch him a little bit more and he's done three or four times now where he's done the Statue of Liberty thing with the left hand, and big guys don't touch him. It's like he's invisible. There's a little Kyrie [Irving], there's a little Isaiah Thomas. So clearly I've lost my mind with all of the people I've said. He's not any of those guys, but just the fact that you can be reminded of those guys."

No pressure, Payton. Just a few MVP and All-Star comparisons there.

Also discussed in the new episode: What should Pritchard's nickname be? The adjustments Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have made to become legit young superstars. Will the Celtics bench provide enough depth this season after it failed to do so in the Bubble? And Forsberg chats with Pritchard in an exclusive 1-on-1.

Check out the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast on your favorite podcast app or watch it on YouTube below.


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