Remember what Tyler Herro did to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals a couple months ago? That’s the type of weapon Danny Ainge is hoping to acquire when he decided to take Aaron Nesmith with the 14th overall pick.
Nesmith is statistically the best shooter that the draft had to offer. In his sophomore year at Vanderbilt, the 6’6″ small forward led the SEC in scoring at 23 points per game before his season was cut short by injury. He also was the top three-point shooter in the entire nation at 52.2%.
The raw emotion that Nesmith showed after being selected by Boston has already endeared him to C’s fans:
If all goes according to plan, Nesmith will be a top scoring option off the bench and provide the Celtics with the depth that they appeared to be lacking towards the end of the postseason. He’s certainly a player to get excited about, and one who could have an immediate impact according to NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg:
“I know we’re going to laugh when his highlight-reel video comes up and he’s just knocking down all 3s, but that’s what you need him to do. So he’s going to step in — if he can shoot like that at the NBA level and show that sort of range, he will have an immediate role on this team.”
Check out Nesmith’s highlights here: