NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Vanderbilt standout guard and sharpshooter Aaron Nesmith is looking to make some noise in the NBA.
Even in a season abbreviated by injury in 2019-20, Nesmith connected on 60 3-pointers, which not only led the Commodores, but ranked 10th in the SEC at the end of last season.
The Charleston, South Carolina, product is slated to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Here is where the experts think Nesmith will be selected:
CBS Sports – 12th to Sacramento
“Drafting depth on the wing is high on the priority list for Sacramento, and Aaron Nesmith fits what the franchise could add to an intriguing core. Nesmith made 52.2 percent of his 3-pointers at Vandy last season and has a 6-6 frame that makes him a potentially dynamic two-way force.”
Fox Sports – 12th to Sacramento
“Given the ugly Buddy Hield situation unfolding, and the Kings’ potential need for more shooting, Nesmith’s 52 percent from deep makes him a top target for the Kings.”
NBC Sports – 13th to New Orleans
“New Orleans needs shooters is a bad way and Nesmith is one of the best in the draft. He knocked down 52.2 percent from 3-point range on 8.2 attempts per game before being shut down with an injury. He moves well without the ball and can hold his own on the defensive end as well. The Pelicans are actively shopping some of their veteran players, which means that nothing is off the table. If they stay at No. 13, Nesmith would be a no-brainer.”
SBNation – 13th to New Orleans
“With the futures of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson in mind, the Pelicans would be happy to score a high end role player in a weak draft devoid of booming potential. Aaron Nesmith fits the bill perfectly as his extraordinary shooting skills (52.2 percent from three-point range on 8.2 3PA) will keep driving lanes open for years to come for the two New Orleans cornerstones. Mentoring under JJ Redick could prove invaluable, and between Van Gundy’s teachings and Aaron Nelson’s training staff, a good chance exists for the 6’10 wingspan of Nesmith to reach his ceiling as an above average defender.”
ESPN – 15th to Orlando
“With Nesmith having ranked 25th in 3-point percentage last season, the Magic could use another knockdown shooter. He hit 52% of his 8.2 3-point attempts per game in a 14-contest sophomore campaign shortened by injury.”
Yahoo Sports – 13th to New Orleans