The newest member of the Boston Celtics, Aaron Nesmith, was drafted to be a sniper.
He is well aware of this too.
“An absolute sniper,” Nesmith said Wednesday night, when asked what he would bring to the Celtics. “A guy who will make life easier for the creators of the offensive, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker. A guy who will always be there and work hard and earn his stripes and do it on both sides of the floor.
“I want to be tall. I want to be the best player I can be, so that includes defense. I’m going to give my all and do my best for this end of the court, and with my height, length and athleticism I’m able to hold multiple positions.
The Celtics have reason to be excited about their new signing, who they recovered with the No.14 pick in Wednesday’s draft. In 14 games, before a foot injury ended his season, Nesmith had 52% of his 3 points with 8.2 attempts per game. He’s not much of a creator on his own, but he does offer a ton of floor space and he has a knack for finding seams in defense.
“When 14 came out we felt better for Aaron and Aaron, before he broke his foot this year had a great year,” said Brad Stevens. “At the start of the season, the way he can come out of screens and shoot the ball, the worker he is, the time he devotes to his game, his size, which gives him a certain versatility of position to as he becomes more comfortable with how we defend, will hopefully allow him to hold several positions. These are all good points, but filming is his thing.
Nesmith, when asked who he was most excited to play against, named LeBron James and Khris Middleton.
“Khris Middleton went to my high school,” Nesmith said. “He’s part of the Milwaukee Bucks, which is another title contender in the East. So it would be fun to be able to play against him and kind of have that moment that I’ve always envisioned since high school.
Stevens was asked if Nesmith would be willing to contribute immediately.
“I think you’re definitely hoping the guys are able to do that as soon as possible,” Stevens said. “I don’t think it’s fair to have one of these guys play and expect them to play in a top-tier NBA game on December 22, in what, 35 days from now? However, this is what we are all asking for. This will be what we will all be working hard for over the coming weeks to prepare for when we are allowed to be in the gym. There are a lot of restrictions in place once we start doing what we can again in the next few weeks. But after that we will try to speed up the curve as much as possible. But when you can put the ball in the basket, that’s definitely an advantage. “