I would like the Denver Nuggets to use the 15th and final roster spot on a point guard. With all due respect to 29 year old Aaron Brooks, I want someone younger. While watching the Miami Heat/Boston Celtics Summer League game to learn more about power forward Jerrelle Benimon, I couldn’t help but notice Celtics guard Phil Pressey. The following crossover by Pressey on the much hyped Shabazz Napier, locked and loaded my attention span.
Phil Pressey went from going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft to signing a 3 year deal with the Boston Celtics. The catch to his contract is that on July 15 of each season, the Boston Celtics can opt out on him. So far this off-season, the Celtics have re-signed Avery Bradley and drafted point guard Marcus Smart. They also have this Rajon Rondo character on their roster. From the outside looking in there does not appear to much room for a sophomore who struggled mightily with his shot (.308 percent).
From what I can gather from this locally written article covering the Celtics, Pressey’s game could translate well in Denver IF the Celtics release him.
Pressey’s defense was more important to the win. He chased Napier around the court, disrupted the Heat’s offense, accrued a couple of steals and contested a bundle of shots. Napier finished 3-for-15 from the field with eight turnovers. While some of his struggles could be blamed on missing open shots, Pressey deserves all types of credit for making things difficult.
Occasionally, though, Pressey’s creativity — often his strongest trait — got him in trouble. Twice, he fell while overdribbling into the paint. Another time, he threw a pass when he could have gone straight up with a layup. He did deliver some beautiful passes, as expected, finishing with seven assists. But six turnovers — even with a team playing together for the first time — are too many.
In a nutshell, Phil Pressey would need to spend his time on a Denver court with Randy Foye playing the two to compensate for this own shooting ability. I’m fine with that because Foye is a shooter first and foremost. Pressey is a creator who sometimes tries to do too much. I’m fine with that because part of Coach Shaw’s job is teach players to play within their limits. Defense is a strong point to Pressey’s game. I’m fine with that because Denver’s defense is the weak point of our game.
IF the Boston Celtics on July 15th release Phil Pressey from his contract, I want to see the Denver Nuggets sign Phil Pressey to contract on July 16th.