Rookie Pressey Gives Celtics Depth at Point
One of the more promising developments of the preseason for the Boston Celtics was the play of undrafted rookie point guard Phil Pressey.
A strong showing as a summer league invite earned Pressey a three-year contract that included a fully guaranteed first season. But even being the only healthy pure ball-handler in camp this season didn’t guarantee the 22-year-old the chance to crack the rotation this year. His play this exhibition season might have.
“[Pressey has] shown a ton,” said Stevens. “I think at times that we’ve played our best basketball with him on the floor. At other times, he hasn’t been as good, and that’s to be predicted. He’s a young guy. But I’ve said this at the start, the guy works at his game. He wants to be good. It’s not an accident that he’s here. He is a good player. He’s a hard worker. He cares. He’s an easy guy to coach. All that stuff adds up at the end of the day. You can see it in the exhibition games.”
Pressey appeared in six exhibition games and averaged 4.8 points and 4 assists over 18.8 minutes per game. Maybe the absence of a pure point guard with the first unit only magnified the calming influence he often delivered to reserve groups, sparking Boston to some of its most inspired play of the preseason.