Aaron Nesmith
21-Year-Old ForwardF
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. 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.

Drops career-high 13 points
FBoston Celtics
February 24, 2021
Nesmith played 14 minutes off the bench and added 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three rebounds and one steal in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 127-112 loss to the Hawks.
After cracking 20 minutes for six straight games coming into Wednesday's action, Nesmith failed to do so in this one, but that didn't stop the rookie from setting a new career high in scoring. He's now totaled double-digit points in two of the last three games after doing so just once in his first 14 appearances.
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Transaction History
  • November 24, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $7.09 million contract with the Celtics.
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Solid two-way performance
FBoston Celtics
February 21, 2021
Nesmith totaled 10 points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds and two steals across 26 minutes in an overtime loss to the Pelicans on Sunday.
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Plays 29 minutes Sunday
FBoston Celtics
February 14, 2021
Nesmith recorded five points (1-4 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and five rebounds over 29 minutes in Sunday's 104-91 loss to the Wizards.
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Scores career-high 11 points
FBoston Celtics
January 25, 2021
Nesmith (back) delivered 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist over 17 minutes in Sunday's 141-103 win over the Cavaliers.
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Available against Cleveland
FBoston Celtics
January 24, 2021
Nesmith (back) is available for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
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Questionable for Sunday's game
FBoston Celtics
January 24, 2021
Nesmith (back) was upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
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