Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey is a perfect example of how hard work and motivation can win a spot on an NBA roster. According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn Tuesday, the Celtics have guaranteed Pressey’s contract for next season.
The announcement comes after Pressey’s strong showing in the Orlando Summer League and the promise he showed last year, particularly his able to fill a role during the time Rajon Rondo was out recovering. The undrafted point guard averaged 2.8 points and 3.2 assists in 75 games with the Celtics. He didn’t provide much offense, but his ability to handle the ball and his intensity on both sides of the court showed the Brad Stevens that he is a capable contributor.
With Rondo returning for a full season, Avery Bradley re-signed and the team drafting Marcus Smart, it would appear that Pressey’s playing time will be reduced this upcoming season if indeed the team keeps all three players. Pressey averaged 10.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game for the Celtics’ Orlando Summer League team in 2014.
His best stretch for the Celtics last season came in April when he averaged 7.3 assists per game. He had a pair of double-doubles in that stretch. The 23-year-old Pressey knows he still has much room to improve. Pressey said during the Summer League, “I know I have to improve every year because if you don’t, you’ll find your way out of the league. I know I have to get better. There are All-Stars in the NBA right now who are getting better every year, so why can’t I? I think about that every day, and I know that if I don’t get better, somebody’s trying to take my spot.”
He said that the culture set by Stevens has allowed him to really showcase his work ethic. As an undersized point guard, Pressey knows he has to show more effort, grit and desire to receive playing time and to also become a key contributor. In guaranteeing Phil Pressey a contract, the point guard position is definitely the Celtics least concern. Right now anyway.