Aaron Nesmith only played 14 games at Vanderbilt last season before suffering a stress fracture in his right foot back in January. He hasn't played a real basketball game in nearly 10 months since suffering the injury and there were reports from NBA analyst Ryan McDonough ahead of the draft that some teams were still concerned about Nesmith’s health.
However, the 6-foot-6 sharpshooter did his best to ease those worries on Tuesday during his introductory press conference from the Auerbach Center with Payton Pritchard. Nesmith will wear number 26 with the Celtics, and Pritchard will wear number 11.
“I’ll be good to go. I’ve done everything so far workout-wise. It’s good,” Nesmith said. “It’s 100% and I won’t miss a beat.”
The Celtics' roster is not set just yet, despite the veteran additions of Jeff Teague and Tristan Thompson — but it looks like there will be some good opportunities for Nesmith to help on the wing right away with Romeo Langford (wrist) and Kemba Walker (knee) having their statuses uncertain to begin the new year.
“I think you’re certainly hopeful that guys are able to do that sooner rather than later,” Brad Stevens said last week. “That will be what we all work hard for over the next however many weeks to get ready when we’re allowed to be in the gym... when you can put the ball in the basket, it certainly is a benefit.”
Nesmith remains confident that his 52 percent shooting stroke from 3-point range (60-of-115) at Vanderbilt will translate well to the pro level as he prepares for training camp next month in Boston.
“For me, nothing changes. My warm-up doesn’t change, my form doesn’t change, my footwork doesn’t change,” Nesmith said of