|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 28, 2013 at 5:35 AM|
I wasn't sure what to expect from Pressey, and it's been one of the best surprises this season. In past preseasons, we've been disappointed before when it came to the regular season performance from some players. Can Pressey translate his play in the regular season, in his rookie season? Pressey appeared in six preseason games and averaged 4.8 points and 4 assists over 18.8 minutes per game. Pressey can control the floor well for being a rookie, and the only thing that hinders Pressey is his poor jumper ,so far.
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."
"You don’t get to where he is at his size unless you’ve got a little something to you," said Stevens. "You look across some of the smaller guards in the history of basketball that are in the NBA now, that are in college now, and those guys probably all share one common characteristic -- and that’s that they’ve got stuff to them. He’s not arrogant by any means, but he’s appropriately confident."
Jared Sullinger, who knows a thing or two about playing with a chip on your shoulder after back concerns forced him to slide in the 2012 draft, added, "That’s Phil, though. Especially when you have someone like Rondo in your ear, telling you what you can do. That really helps you out. Some of that is Phil, he came into training camp like that. And then you add the Rondo confidence, from Rondo being in his ear. He really has a strong demeanor about him."
I really think Pressey is the backup point guard of the future for this team. Rondo will need someone like Pressey. I wasn't sure about Pressey, but so far the prodcut on the floor is worthy of regular season action for the rookie.