Indiana Pacers: The continuing saga of Aaron Nesmith

Aaron Nesmith, Boston Celtics (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Pacers version of Nesmith

Nesmith has so far been an overall positive player for the Indiana Pacers. While he is not the main offensive focus in most situations, he does what he can with his role without making too many mistakes. For the season, he is averaging 8.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.1 APG, which are all career highs and validation of the bet Pacers management took on him in the Malcolm Brogdan trade.

What is also an encouraging development this season is the return of his 3 Pt shot, as he is drilling 36.5% of his three’s this season on 4 attempts per game. Nesmith has upped his shooting percentage every month of the season as well, going from 31.8% fin3 in October, to 35.4% in November, and finally shooting a sizzling 42.3% in 7 games so far in December. Additionally, he is scoring 9.3 PPG as a starter in 21 MPG.

What has been surprising during his time with the Indiana Pacers is the value Nesmith has brought as a defender to the team, showing an ability to at least hold his own against legitimate NBA wings. It is safe to say Nesmith is playing the best basketball of his career as an Indiana Pacer, so what does this mean for his future?