C's fans will enjoy Aaron Nesmith's description of how he'll fit with roster

/ by Nick Goss
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The Boston Celtics went into the 2020 NBA Draft in need of an outside shooter and they addressed that roster weakness with the No. 14 pick in the first round.

Boston selected Vanderbilt wing Aaron Nesmith, who averaged 23 points for the Commodores last season but only played in 14 games because of a foot injury. 

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What will Nesmith bring to the Celtics roster? 

"You know, an absolute sniper, a guy who's going to make life easier for the creators of the offense, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker," Nesmith told reporters Wednesday night.

"A guy that is always going to be there and work hard and earn his stripes, and do it on both sides of the floor. I want to be great. I want to be the best player I can be, and that includes defense. I'm going to give my all and the best effort I have to that side of the floor, with my size, length and athleticism, being able to guard multiple positions."

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Nesmith shot 52.2 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore, and his ability to consistently knock down shots on the perimeter could make him a valuable rotation player as a rookie if he can stay healthy.

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The Celtics need shooters who can hit from deep when Tatum, Brown and Walker attack the basket and draw the defense toward them. Nesmith has the ability to fill this role, which Boston desperately needs after ranking 29th of 30 teams in bench scoring last season.


Nesmith wasn't the only good shooter the Celtics drafted in Round 1. Boston also selected Oregon guard Payton Pritchard with the No. 26 pick. Pritchard shot 40.2 percent on 3-point shots and won the Pac-12 Player of the Year award last season.