Aaron Nesmith

22-Year-Old ForwardF
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Despite appearing in only 46 games during his rookie season, Nesmith showed glimmers of hope. The first-round pick surprised some with extra defensive intensity and raised his three-point shooting gradually throughout the season, ending with a 37.0 percent mark from behind the arc. The problem is that Nesmith and fellow first-round pick Romeo Langford are fairly redundant wings on a squad with All-Star Jaylen Brown and defensive-stopper Marcus Smart. At some point, the Celtics will need to prioritize either Nesmith's or Langford's development, as there really are not enough minutes for both, barring injuries. Nesmith is the better floor spacer, which probably gives him an edge over Langford. Stars Brown and Jayson Tatum could use a dead-eye sniper for easy catch-and-shoot opportunities, and Nesmith has the chance to fill that role. Remember, Nesmith hit 52.2 percent of his three-point attempts during his last year at Vanderbilt. In addition to Langford, Nesmith will also battle Josh Richardson for wing minutes. Nesmith has a modest opportunity to improve on last year's 14.5 minutes per game, but a stacked depth chart is working against the NBA sophomore. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.09 million contract with the Celtics in November of 2020. Contact includes $3.8 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Aaron Joshua Nesmith was born Oct. 16, 1999 in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the son of Benard and Erine Nesmith. He has a brother, Eddie, who attended Harvard and plans to go to medical school. Nesmith's advice to young people is to "Always work hard and give that little extra effort when your peers are not." For high school, he attended Porter-Gaud in Charleston and was first called up to the varsity basketball team as an eighth-grader. During his time at Porter-Gaud, he led the team to three Class 3A state championships. As a senior, he was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year. For college, Nesmith attended Vanderbilt for two seasons and studied human and organizational development. Before suffering a season-ending injury in his sophomore season, Nesmith was on pace to have one of the best three-point shooting campaigns in college basketball history, converting 52.2 percent of his shots from distance.

College/International Summary

Nesmith was an immediate contributor at Vanderbilt in his freshman season, appearing in a total of 32 contests and averaging 11.0 PPG. He made his first start of the 2018-19 season Jan. 9 against Georgia, and through the remaining 19 games, he averaged 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. His season high of 26 points came Feb. 13 against Florida, and he put up 24 points and 14 rebounds in the very next game against Auburn. Nesmith picked up right where he left off in his sophomore season, averaging 23.0 points in the first 14 games to place himself among the nation's top scorers. He set a new career high with 34 points against Richmond on Nov. 14 and later matched that total against UNC-Wilmington on Dec. 21. His season unfortunately ended due to a foot injury in January that cost him Vanderbilt's final 18 games. The 6-6 wing had been shooting 52.2 percent from beyond the arc prior to the injury -- a skill that drew the attention of NBA scouts. He officially turned pro in late-March.

Strong showing in preseason loss
FBoston Celtics
October 13, 2021
Nesmith finished Wednesday's preseason loss to the Magic with 23 points (8-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes.
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The 14th overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft was able to show his offensive capabilities with many of the Celtics' starters resting. Nesmith scored efficiently while also showing his playmaking skills, which he hadn't been able to do last season as he never did better than two assists. He is unlikely to see many meaningful minutes in the regular season but will have another chance to earn a rotational role when the Celtics play the Heat in their preseason finale Friday.
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The Boston Celtics drafted Nesmith with the 14th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut on Christmas Day with three points over nine minutes in a loss to the Nets. The rookie appeared in 46 of Boston's 72 games, with one start. On Jan. 24, Nesmith posted 11 points, six rebounds and three triples in a home win over the Cavaliers. For an eight-game run starting in mid-February, Nesmith was a regular in the Celtic rotation. During that span, Nesmith averaged 5.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 three-pointers over 20.5 minutes per contest. Starting in mid-April, Nesmith appeared in each of Boston's last 15 games. On Apr. 30, the Vanderbilt product scored a career-high 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt) to go with six boards and one steal during a home win over the Spurs. Two days later, Nesmith again scored 16 points, plus drained four three-pointers, in a home loss to Portland. On May 12, Nesmith received his first career start and posted eight points, seven rebounds and two assists over 22 minutes at Cleveland. In college, Nesmith was known for his outside shooting. With Boston, Nesmith shot 37.0 percent from behind the arc, which ranked 12th amongst all rookies with 50+ attempts. Nesmith appeared in all five of Boston's playoff games versus Brooklyn. In the Celtics' Game 4 loss, Nesmith scored 11 points, hit three three-pointers and grabbed two boards.

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2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Celtics selected Nesmith with the 14th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. Nesmith's appeal was obvious: he was the best college outside shooter in the country, hitting 52.2 percent of his three-pointers during his sophomore season at Vanderbilt. That accuracy and his 4.3 made three-pointers a game led the nation before he suffered a foot injury 14 games into the season. The 6-foot-6 wing also sports a 6-foot-10 wingspan, which helped him snag 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks that same season. With Gordon Hayward leaving Boston, the Celtic bench certainly has room for a scoring wing. If Nesmith can continue his catch-and-shoot success at the pro level, he could be an ideal fit with Boston's stars. The Celtics don't need Nesmith to lead them in scoring. But they can certainly use some scoring off the bench and complimentary pieces to play alongside Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown. A strong 3-and-D player like Nesmith could quickly earn minutes. A team can never have too many shooters. With Romeo Langford injured and Marcus Smart permanently in the starting lineup, Nesmith could be Boston's first scorer off the bench. Nesmith has the potential to lead a sturdy second unit that includes veterans Jeff Teague and Tristan Thompson.
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Returns to bench
FBoston Celtics
May 15, 2021
Nesmith will come off the bench Saturday against the Timberwolves, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Enters starting five
FBoston Celtics
May 12, 2021
Nesmith will start Wednesday's game at Cleveland, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
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Scores 16 in 19 minutes
FBoston Celtics
May 9, 2021
Nesmith played 19 minutes off the bench and recorded 16 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal Sunday in the 130-124 loss to the Heat.
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Scores 16 off bench
FBoston Celtics
May 2, 2021
Nesmith had 16 points (6-7 FG, 4-4 3Pt) and four rebounds in Sunday's loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Turns in career-best line
FBoston Celtics
April 29, 2021
Nesmith posted 15 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 120-111 win over the Hornets.
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