“Lottery pick” in 2020, chosen in 14th position by Boston, Aaron Nesmith never really had a chance in his first two years in the league, in the rotation of Brad Stevens and then Ime Udoka.
Strong university player, author in particular of a “sophomore” season with 23 points at 52.2% of success at 3-pts with the college of Vanderbilt, the native of South Carolina did not manage to transpose the quality of his outside shooting among the pros, even falling below the 30% mark behind the arc last season, to the point of gradually disappearing from the radar.
the sniper was in distress in Boston, and his transfer to the Pacers, which he learned about on a golf course, is therefore timely.
At 22, he still has time to establish himself in the Big League, and the context of the Indiana franchise, which is rebuilding around its young people, can be favorable to him. But for that, Aaron Nesmith knows he must return to the standards he set in the 2019/20 NCAA season, during which he excelled with his outside shooting.
” They just told me to play free, trying to be the best ‘3&D’ I can be he explained about the instructions and advice given by his new club. ” I know I can be one of the best in the league in this role, so that’s the priority. It is towards this objective that I am heading, this is what I intend to become. »
A rewarding first experience
In a team that now has three Draft 2020 “lottery picks”, Jalen Smith (10th choice), Tyrese Haliburton (12th) and therefore Aaron Nesmith (14th), the winger is in an environment conducive to his development. .
But not everything is to be thrown away from his time with the Celtics. Because if the former Commodore ultimately played very little during these two years, he chooses to see the glass half full, considering the chance he had to participate in two playoff campaigns to start his career, including a qualification for the Finals.
A necessarily beneficial and enriching experience, as he arrives in a team in reconstruction, contrary to the status of the Celtics.
” I learned how hard it is to win in this league. I made the playoffs in my first two years, we reached the final. I stored the experience of the playoffs, and I hope to be able to pass it on to Indiana, to show my teammates that nothing is ever given in the NBA he concluded.