NBA Draft 2020: Vanderbilt star Aaron Nesmith chosen with No. 14 overall pick
Vanderbilt forward Aaron Nesmith was a breakout star through 14 games last season. He only appeared in 14 games before suffering a foot injury that ended his season.
Before his injury, though, he was a scoring machine, averaging an SEC-best 23.0 points per game. In those 14 games, he also averaged 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest.
While rehabbing his injury, Nesmith also decided to enter the 2020 NBA Draft, and that decision paid off, as the Boston Celtics chose Nesmith with the No. 14 overall pick on Wednesday night.
Nesmith figures to be a 3-and-D guy. He is already an elite shooter and a versatile defender. Now, he just needs to work on his finishing at the rim.
He’ll join a Celtics team that has plenty of depth at the wings, with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward, among others. But, with Nesmith’s athleticism, he’ll be able to play the center position in small-ball lineups.
Nesmith gives the Celtics another big-time scoring threat, and that’s bad news for the rest of the Eastern Conference squads.
Boston has been close to the Finals for a few years now, so we’ll see if Nesmith can help get this year’s team over the hump during the upcoming 2020-21 season.