It was unclear whether Aaron Nesmith would join the Celtics’ summer league team after they officially announced the roster. But now, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, “the plan is” for Nesmith to be a part of the squad.
Nesmith is two years into his NBA career and hasn’t produced much since being drafted 14th overall in 2020. He’s averaging 4.2 points per game in his two seasons, shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc in 12.7 minutes per contest. The three-point percentage is a lackluster mark, considering he was thought to be one of, if not the best pure shooter in the 2020 draft class.
But the 22-year-old still has plenty of time to come along, a sentiment that President of Basketball Ops Brad Stevens presumptively agrees with.
“If you ask me right now what we need, I’d like to have a little bit more scoring – consistent scoring off the bench,” Stevens said. “I think that we have some short term needs there, but I believe in a couple of the guys that didn’t get a chance to play as much, that they will continue to improve and be knocking on that door soon.”
In last season’s summer league, Nesmith led all Celtics in points (17.4) and rebounds (6.2) in 26.7 minutes. He also shot 7.2 triples a game and hit them at a 36 percent mark. That’s a number to look closely at this summer to see how Nesmith’s perimeter shooting has developed since the last time he played a big role.
He again will likely be the featured player on the summer league roster, along with Celtics rookie J.D. Davison. Boston’s summer league kicks off July 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET against the Miami Heat.