Jan 24, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey (center) drives to the hoop against Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Jeremy Lamb (left) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics 2014 Report Card: Phil Pressey

Phil Pressey

PPG: 2.8

APG: 3.2

Moments of the Year: His two double-doubles in the final month of the season on nights where Rajon Rondo was either out or limited in minutes.

Phil Pressey has the makings of a really solid backup point guard in the National Basketball Association. He doesn’t get flustered by pressure, isn’t afraid to shoot (even if he knows he won’t hit it), and plays aggressive on-ball defense from end-to-end.

The problem is the jump shooting. Pressey was a decent mid- and long-range shooter at Missouri and is struggling with the deeper three-pointer in the NBA. He shot 26% from beyond the arc this season, a number that I am sure he will improve on during his second season.

He is a great fit for the future-version of this Celtic’s roster. While it is as luxury to have a great, shooting backup point guard, it is becomingly more important in today’s game to have a defensive-minded backup like a Patrick Beverly. The problem with the Rockets’ roster is deeper than Beverly’s impact on a nightly basis, but we won’t get into that here.

All-in-all, Pressey had a rookie season that was expected of him. He provided perhaps more minutes on the floor than most fans thought they would see, but he didn’t disappoint. Next year will be another learning experience for Pressey, as he will have another year learning from Rondo and possibly some other veteran players that he could play along side next season. Keep an eye on his shooting next year to see if his percentages either rise a lot, or just insignificantly.

Grade: C +


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