The Celtics had a clear need coming into draft night and they did their best to address their hole with their first two picks in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday. With No. 14 and No. 26, the Celtics landed two of the more accomplished shooters available in Aaron Nesmith and Peyton Pritchard, addressing a weak spot off the bench for Boston for much of the past season.
“I think you’re always looking for shooting, you’re always looking for guys who can put the ball in the basket,” Brad Stevens said. “We were evaluating several guys across the draft that brought different strengths, that brought different things to the table.”
Nesmith shot 52 percent overall from 3 during an injury-shortened season at Vanderbilt that ultimately concluded with foot injury. However, many scouts have told BSJ that he was the best pure shooter on the board in this year’s draft.
“When 14 came out, we felt best about Aaron and Aaron, before he broke his foot this year, had a great year, early part of the season,” Stevens said. “The way he can run off screens and shoot the ball, the worker that he is, the amount of time he puts into his game, his size, which gives him some positional versatility as he becomes more comfortable with how we defend, will hopefully allow him to guard multiple positions. Those are all positives, but the shooting is his thing.”
Pritchard is one of the oldest first-round picks at age 22 but brings a kind of readiness that appealed to Stevens and the Celtics