When Rajon Rondo went out for the year last season, one thing was immediately apparent: the Boston Celtics did not possess another point guard on their roster.
Avery Bradley was a defensive ball hawk, but not very familiar with running an offense. Jason Terry was finishing his time in the spin cycle before being placed in the dryer and Courtney Lee was pretty much useless. This season, the Celtics think they have found someone who can take the reins if Rondo sustains another injury in Phil Pressey.
Pressey, the son of Milwaukee Buccks great Paul Pressey, engineered his Missouri Tigers to back-to-back top-25 ranking seasons. A dynamic passer, he led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio in his sophomore season. In his junior year, he won the SEC assists title by averaging 7.1 assists a game.
His lone downfall was his penchant for turning the ball over, which haunted him in his junior year and in the summer leagues. He averaged a whopping 3.5 turnovers a game at Missouri last year and equaled that total this summer.
Pressey also has a surprising amount of athleticism in his compact 5-foot-11 frame. During his senior season in Texas, he posted a Youtube clip of him dunking over now-Detroit Pistons second-round pick Tony Mitchell.
Rondo will have the full keys for Brad Stevens‘ Celtics once training camp arrives. Rondo, who is one of the top five floor generals in the league and in his prime, is why Boston will be in good hands this season.
Pressey, who was an undrafted free agent who signed a three-year deal, expects to learn from one of the best and show his talents when called upon.