Aaron Nesmith

Aaron Nesmith

23-Year-Old ForwardF
Indiana Pacers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Nesmith was a non-factor during the 2021-22 season, but after being traded to Indiana, he could see a more consistent role coming his way. The Pacers are entering a rebuild and so the coaching staff are likely to experiment with their rotations throughout the season. Thus far in his career, Nesmith hasn't sniffed fantasy relevancy. While he will get an opportunity to impress this season, it is still hard to see him being anything more than a very, very deep consideration. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.09 million contract with the Celtics in November of 2020. Celtics exercised $3.8 million team option for 2022-23 in November of 2021. Traded to the Pacers in July of 2022. Pacers exercised $5.63 million team option for 2023-24 in October of 2022.
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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. 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.

Back-to-back 20-point outings
FIndiana Pacers
March 19, 2023
Nesmith contributed 25 points (9-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes during Saturday's 141-121 loss to the 76ers.
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The third-year forward has now poured in over 20 points in back-to-back contests in the absence of Bennedict Mathurin (ankle). The Pacers currently sit three games back of the Hawks for the eighth seed in the East, and Nesmith will continue to be called upon to provide a spark on offense until Mathurin returns.
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Ride the wave
FIndiana Pacers
March 20, 2023
Nesmith has poured in 10-of-18 three-point attempts over his last two games. Nesmith's strong play comes amid a career-best shooting season from beyond the arc -- 35.8 percent shooting on 4.4 triples per game.
ANALYSIS
Nesmith hit just 27.0 percent of 2.2 triples per game with Boston last season, but he has benefitted from a change of scenery. Nesmith is still shooting just 42.7 percent from the field overall due to shooting just 60.4 percent at the rim. That ranks in the 22nd percentile among forwards, but his improved floor spacing is a fine developmental highlight for the 23-year-old.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
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.
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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Sinks six triples in win
FIndiana Pacers
March 17, 2023
Nesmith totaled 22 points (8-11 FG, 6-9 3Pt), five rebounds and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 139-123 win over the Bucks.
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Solid numbers against Pistons
FIndiana Pacers
March 14, 2023
Nesmith produced 15 points (5-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 31 minutes during Monday's 117-97 loss to Detroit.
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Good to go Thursday
FIndiana Pacers
March 9, 2023
Nesmith (hip) is available for Thursday's game versus the Rockets, Dustin Dopirak of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Questionable against Houston
FIndiana Pacers
Hip
March 8, 2023
Nesmith (hip) is questionable for Thursday's game versus the Rockets.
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Out again Monday
FIndiana Pacers
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March 6, 2023
Nesmith (hip) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup against the 76ers, Dustin Dopirak of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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