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    Aaron Nesmith

    College: Vanderbilt
    Position: SF/SG
    Age: 21
    Height: 6-foot-6
    Weight: 215 pounds
    Draft Range: 6 to 16

    Why: Very good shooter with deep range. Averaged 23 points per game on 52.2% shooting from three. Played in a pro-style offense and was great at using screens to get open. Showed a budding ability to create his own shot. Gave effort on defense; gets blocks and steals at an acceptable rate. Regarded as a smart, hardworking individual.

    Why Not: Not much of an athlete, which limits his upside on defense and makes it unlikely that he'll be a high percentage finisher. The release on his jumper is a bit slow for someone who is regarded as a shooting specialist. Played only 14 games before suffering a stress fracture and requiring surgery on his foot.

    Spurs Fit: The Spurs could use a floor spacer so it wouldn't be surprising to see him play as a rookie. He could at least step into a Belinelli-like role.

    Spurs Comparison - Ceiling: Dale Ellis

    Spurs Comparison - Floor: 1998 Chuck Person

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    I am trying to remember that one kid we had that was playing great until he broke his foot which pretty much ended his career. We have enough foot problems with White I would pass on him for the 11 pick.

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    I am trying to remember that one kid we had that was playing great until he broke his foot which pretty much ended his career. We have enough foot problems with White I would pass on him for the 11 pick.
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    Nesmith's ceiling and floor attributes are impressive. I can live with Dale Ellis's ceiling, or a Chuck Person's floor combined with Nesmith's ability to create his own shot and his work on the defensive end.

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    We have enough foot problems with White I would pass on him for the 11 pick.
    Yeah, his reps say it's no big deal and he'll be 100% by the start of the season. But ... it'd make me pause. If it's one time occurrence, then that's fine. But repeated stress fractures have ended many basketball careers -- Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, etc. , even Pau Gasol was finally done in by a foot stress fracture.

    Nesmith isn't a big so it's less worrisome but given the choice, I'd go with Vassell over him using the stress fracture as a tie-breaker even though Nesmith is the type of bulk shooting sniper the Spurs could really use.

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    I'd rather get a shooter from free agency. Seems like those are a dime a dozen

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    He's a flamethrower of a shooter, but I don't want to see him trying to defend our basket at the NBA level. He's a Belinelli level defender at best.

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    if he can be a shooter Duncan Robinson level with that size, he’s definitely worth it.

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    I like him, tbh. He's not just a spot up shooter, he can do it coming off screens and for a "shooting specialist" he's pretty decent at defense too. One of my top 4 targets (taking out the Toppins and Avdijas, which aren't likely to fall to us).

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    He's a flamethrower of a shooter, but I don't want to see him trying to defend our basket at the NBA level. He's a Belinelli level defender at best.
    Nah, Belinelli doesn't have the length nor the leaping ability Nesmith has. Also, this kid seems like he actually tries on defense.

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    Nesmith isnt afraid to attack the basket with a defender on him. At times he blows by his defender with a nice first step. His offensive repertoire is above average. Hes not afraid to get bumped, which is a good sign. As I've repeated over and over, I would hate it if we go for another <=6'6" SG/SF hybrid, but if it ends up being Nesmith, I wouldnt be too upset.

    He needs to be taught some defense. Hes not a traffic cone, but its not great.
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    Have to disagree he has a hard time when getting bumped much like Walker has this year also his handles are not that great and his defense is pretty bad. I took your advice and have been looking at the good but also the bad and while I think he is a great shooter I just don’t know if he is with it at 11th pick. But to be honest the more I look at guys in our area of drafting the more I am understanding why everyone saying this is a bad draft class.

    With whoever we take I don’t think they will be ready for the big team there first year unless we move up and take Obi.

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    Have to disagree he has a hard time when getting bumped much like Walker has this year also his handles are not that great and his defense is pretty bad. I took your advice and have been looking at the good but also the bad and while I think he is a great shooter I just don’t know if he is with it at 11th pick. But to be honest the more I look at guys in our area of drafting the more I am understanding why everyone saying this is a bad draft class.

    With whoever we take I don’t think they will be ready for the big team there first year unless we move up and take Obi.
    I could be wrong and need to watch a few more games. My opinion on players can change as evidenced by my *high* for Isaiah Stewart waning.

    I'm proud you're not watching strictly highlights. There are a lot of things you notice outside of highlights.

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    Question about what you mean by "hard time": are you saying when he gets bumped, it affects his shot thus the ball misses badly OR he shies away from contact whenever he attacks?

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    I think I’d prefer Nesmith to Vassell.

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    Special shooters usually don't bother to work on their other skills, especially about defense. But I could see him paired with White. No perfect fit on the board at 11??? Trade Murray to get a SF???

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    He's a flamethrower of a shooter, but I don't want to see him trying to defend our basket at the NBA level. He's a Belinelli level defender at best.

    Um, no. Its like some of you comment without seeing them ever play.

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    Mocked to us at 11 by most intel based boards in Athletic and ESPN. Elite character kid and leader.

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    One of my favorite prospects at 11. Best shooter in the draft (52% 3-pt shooter at over 8 attempts/per is really impressive), he fits a need for us, and hes a Spurs-type player with his high-character and leadership ability. Foot injury is obv not great but I think hell be fine by Spring Training. Good chance hes a Spur imo and Id he pretty happy about it. This team needs youth and 3-point shooting at the wing position; He provides both.

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    To people who have seen him play - could Nesmith play the full-time 3? Is he more of a 3, a 2.5, or a 3.5? How is his man-to-man and team defense? From the available measurements on Timvp's draft profile, he looks like a carbon copy of Keldon at draft night - both 6'6'', both at 215, no idea about Nesmith's wingspan... But Keldon is already a stretch IMO to play the 3 full time, so I'm worried about getting a player of very similar measurements/projected playing role. I'd love to hear more about him to decide whether it's worth it to watch a few full games on Nesmith.

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    I'm liking him more. He's not just a spot up shooter (like Saddiq Bey), he has an offensive arsenal when inside the arc. Firmly has a spot in my tier 2 list.

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    To people who have seen him play - could Nesmith play the full-time 3? Is he more of a 3, a 2.5, or a 3.5? How is his man-to-man and team defense? From the available measurements on Timvp's draft profile, he looks like a carbon copy of Keldon at draft night - both 6'6'', both at 215, no idea about Nesmith's wingspan... But Keldon is already a stretch IMO to play the 3 full time, so I'm worried about getting a player of very similar measurements/projected playing role. I'd love to hear more about him to decide whether it's worth it to watch a few full games on Nesmith.
    He's a 2.5, imho. He's a bit flat footed in one on one defense but seems good on help defense and displays deceptive hops. He has some impressive shot blocking highlights.

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    The play at 20:55 where he steps around the defender is what made me a believer in this guy.

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    To people who have seen him play - could Nesmith play the full-time 3? Is he more of a 3, a 2.5, or a 3.5? How is his man-to-man and team defense? From the available measurements on Timvp's draft profile, he looks like a carbon copy of Keldon at draft night - both 6'6'', both at 215, no idea about Nesmith's wingspan... But Keldon is already a stretch IMO to play the 3 full time, so I'm worried about getting a player of very similar measurements/projected playing role. I'd love to hear more about him to decide whether it's worth it to watch a few full games on Nesmith.
    Doesn't matter what position he plays, he's role is as a movement shooter, he'll get the touches that beli and bryn are getting. These kind of guys are so valuable in a high-level nba offense, that's why guys like bryn forbes and duncan robinson are being played even though they are negative defensively. This is also the reason cam johnson , was selected 11th overall in the last draft.
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