There is a long history with the No. 11 Boston Celtics jersey.

The latest NBA gamer to sport No. 11 in Beantown is former Oregon Duck Payton Pritchard, who was picked with the No. 26 total choice by Boston in the 2020 NBA Draft recently.

However let’s take you on a journey examining what conspired between the previous 2 owners of No. 11 in green and white.

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On August 22, 2017, the Celtics traded a future first-round choice, Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder for then Cleveland Cavaliers point player Kyrie Irving. It was a fascinating 2 seasons with Irving in Boston, to say the least.

” It is a high cost,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge back in 2017. “But acquiring a 25-year-old perennial All-Star, a player that fits a timeline for us and is a great offending player, one of the very best offending gamers in the league, you need to pay a heavy cost.”

A heavy price and turns out, not much return in financial investment.

Irving was applauded for what he did on the court but heavily criticized for his leadership. He averaged 24.4 points (second profession finest) and dished 5.1 assists per video game while shooting 40.8 percent from three-point variety. However the postseason was a different story. Irving was out due to injury for the 2018 playoffs (Boston lost to Cleveland 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals) and after that lost 4-1 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in 2019.

Kanter, who went to Boston after one season with the Portland Trail Blazers, poked a little enjoyable at the departed Irving throughout his initial interview in 2019.

According to NBC Sports Boston, “Kanter’s remarks remain in recommendation to a Nike business Irving starred in last fall throughout which he states “( My daddy is) the factor I wear No. 11, and I want to be the reason nobody else will.”

In his lone season in Boston, Kanter balanced 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 16.9 minutes played per game, 58 games amount to.

Now, Kanter is “back house” with the Path Blazers this upcoming season, thus leaving the Celtics No. 11 jersey uninhabited.

Payton Pritchard has formally signed and will now wear No. 11 in Boston.

Ideally his profession will end up much better than the previous 2 owners of that jersey.