The Washington Wizards should strongly consider drafting sharp-shooter Aaron Nesmith out of Vanderbilt with the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The 2020 NBA Draft has been pushed back yet again to November 18. The Washington Wizards have now been afforded even more time to evaluate prospects “virtually” due to COVID-19. Washington is hoping to replicate the success they had last season after selecting Rui Hachimura out of Gonzaga in the 2019 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, Hachimura made All-Rookie second team and finished first in rebounds per game and fifth in points per game among all rookies who played in at least 25 games.
With no clear consensus on the top prospect in the 2020 draft class, there will be more than a few surprises come draft night. The uncertainty in the 2020 NBA Draft class will play into Washington’s favor because prospects will end up slipping down the board. I said in a previous article that shooting guard/small forward Devin Vassell is the perfect choice for the Wizards if he’s available at nine. However, the Washington Wizards should also strongly consider drafting sharp-shooter Aaron Nesmith out of Vanderbilt with the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Who is Aaron Nesmith?
Aaron Nesmith is a 6’6″, 215 lb shooting guard/small forward with a 6’10” wingspan out of Vanderbilt. As a freshman, Nesmith started 19 out of 32 games and averaged 11 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game 29 minutes of play. Nesmith became a full-time starter during his sophomore year but was only able to play in 14 games due to a foot injury. He averaged 23 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in almost 36 minutes per game. He was one of the most efficient players in college basketball before his injury. And he could instantly help out this Washington Wizards team.