Washington Wizards 2020 NBA Draft: Aaron Nesmith profile

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Three-Point Shooting is ALWAYS a need

Two skills always translate from college to the pro game: shooting and playmaking. The opportunity to draft a potential knock-down shooter is too good to pass up for the Wizards. John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Ish Smith will be the primary ballhandlers for Washington next season so that eases the pressure on any incoming rookie. Nesmith can fit right in because most of his damage will come from spotting up and running off-screens, which is exactly where he shines. The Wizards will be able to plug in Nesmith immediately and play him in a role similar to how the Miami Heat use Duncan Robinson.

Even though GM Tommy Shepherd has made it clear that retaining the Latvian Laser is a priority, anything can happen during Free Agency. Davis Bertansprice may be too steep after averaging a career-high 15.4 points per game and shooting 42 three from three on almost nine attempts per game this past season. Drafting Nesmith would provide Washington with a bit of insurance just in case their best three-point shooter decides to leave town for a better deal. Of course, you can’t expect a rookie alone to replace his production, but he would fill in quite nicely.

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As long as Nesmith continues to make strides on the defensive end then, there’s no reason he won’t be a low-end starter or quality role player. Teams are shooting threes at a historic rate in today’s NBA so you can never have enough three-point shooters on your roster. Nesmith would provide Washington with another shot maker that can potentially develop to a 3 & D player down the line.