NBA scout intrigued by Aaron Nesmith’s fit

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The Indiana Pacers will look very different this upcoming NBA season than they have in years past. They have a roster made up of many young players looking to make their mark in the NBA with a golden opportunity.

The Pacers are rebuilding, so wins and losses are unlikely to be top priorities this season. As long as the young players develop and improve, this season will be counted as a success.

One player who has a chance to step up and become part of the core of the team is Aaron Nesmith.

Nesmith was acquired by the Boston Celtics earlier this offseason as part of the Malcolm Brogdon deal. He was drafted 14th overall in the first round of the 2020 NBA draft but never really had a chance to break into the rotation with as many wings as the Celtics already had.

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With the Pacers, this is Nesmith’s first chance to earn a consistent role in the rotation. An NBA scout who spoke to NBA Analysis Network is excited to see what Nesmith can do with the Pacers next season.

“Nesmith kinda got lost in Boston. He was quite overwhelming when he ran. He has a great chance with the Pacers. He came into the league as a sniper. He has to prove this ability again. Haliburton will make his teammates look good. They also play in Rick Carlisle’s system. It’s up to Nesmith to seize the moment, if you will.”

In his final season at Vanderbilt, Nesmith cemented himself as one of the top shooters in the country. He was considered by some to be the top 3-pointer in the draft class after knocking down 52.2 percent of his 3-point attempts in 14 games before suffering a stress fracture in his foot.

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It was also at a high level as he made 4.3 of his 8.2 tries per game while averaging 23 points. After making 37 percent of his attempts as a rookie, that number dropped to 27 percent last season as he struggled with sporadic seasons.

With a clearer path to playtime, Nesmith has a great opportunity to get things on track with the Pacers. He’ll benefit greatly from playing alongside a Tyrese Haliburton-caliber point guard, and having a head coach like Rich Carlisle will also help him.

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