Giving a grade to Danny Ainge for his pick at No. 14
There was hope for the Celtics to trade up and select Onyeka Okongwu or Killian Hayes, but it takes two to tango. In the end, Boston took Aaron Nesmith with the 14th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Nesmith is widely considered the best shooter in the 2020 class. He shot over 52% from deep in his final season at Vanderbilt on over eight attempts per game. He also shot over 82% from the free-throw line, so the shooting should translate.
One of the Celtics’ biggest needs last season was shot-making off the bench, so Nesmith should provide that and then some with his ability to attack off the dribble. Not only that, but he won’t be a liability on defense. At 6-6 with a 6-10 wingspan, Nesmith should be a decent defender off the bench to maintain the Celtics’ strength on that end of the floor.
The Celtics addressed a need and added a player who should be ready to play right away. Some fans may have preferred a trade up, but this is a good pick by the Celtics. It won’t be long before Nesmith is getting consistent rotation minutes.
We’ll see what the Celtics do with No. 26 and No. 30. There’s a good chance they don’t make those selections, but a draft-and-stash player is always a possibility. Follow us on Twitter for everything Celtics