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Celtics Player Review: Gabe Pruitt

Not much happened this season for Gabe Pruitt in his second year in the NBA. He saw some action here and there but never really found much of a role with the team this season.

His role was diminished further after the acquisition of Stephon Marbury. The young guard also had some personal problems after being arrested for a DUI during the season, which may have influenced Doc Rivers to limit his playing time.

After only appearing in 15 games all of the 07-08 season and having some success down in the D-League, Pruitt appeared in a total of 47 regular season games in 08-09, mostly in the first half of the season. Pruitt averaged just 2 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game during the regular season. He only came in the playoffs for some garbage minutes and did not factor much at all in any of the games.

Pruitt has shown some signs of talent in the couple of minutes he played here and there throughout the season, but I do not see much of a future for him with Boston. Pruitt is a free agent this off-season and I do not see the Celtics re-signing him as they do not really need him if they were to re-sign Marbury.

At this point, the C’s can probably get some better talent for about the same price as Pruitt.

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5 comments for “Celtics Player Review: Gabe Pruitt”

  1. Celtics Player Review: Gabe Pruitt: Not much happened this season for Gabe Pruitt in his second year in the NBA…

    Posted by Sports of Boston | June 12, 2009, 11:53 pm
  2. Pruitt certainly hasn’t gotten a fair shot, and he looks downright timid to me whenever he plays. I’m reminded, though, of a guy named Joe Johnson who also wasn’t given a fair shot when he was just starting out with the Celts, and who also looked somewhat timid. Who knows what lies within the heart of a player who isn’t given a real chance to show his stuff?

    I think it’s a basic flaw in the Celtic’s system- win all games at all costs and forget about properly developing rookies with meaningful floor time. Rondo, of necessity, was an exception to that rule, but I fear that last year’s crop of rookies (Giddens and Walker) might well disappear without a real chance, and end up as stars with some other team.

    I agree with Geoff – Pruitt will likely be long gone before next season, at least as a Celtic.

    Posted by Ken | June 13, 2009, 7:28 am
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  4. I like Pruitt’s size at point guard (6’4″) but I don’t think Danny or Doc trusts him, which is why they brought in Stephon Marbury. This team is desperately trying to collect as many titles as possible right now. Ken you’re right, they’re willing to sacrifice player development to do it…

    Posted by KC | June 13, 2009, 11:17 am
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