The Indiana Pacers haven’t been able to pick up a win in their two preseason games thus far, but that’s not what preseason is about. Instead, it’s about player development and ironing out rotations, and Aaron Nesmith showed out in their second contest.
Nesmith put up solid numbers against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, showing why he was such a big part of their rotation last year after joining them via an offseason trade with the Boston Celtics.
After massive game against Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers wing Aaron Nesmith reveals he worked on flaws over summer
After practice on Thursday, Aaron Nesmith spoke about his driving ability, which he showed off plenty against the Rockets. (H/t Dustin Dopirak of the Indianapolis Star)
“It’s just hard work, discipline,” Nesmith said. “Really being able to take a look in the mirror. After having last year, like a real year, being able to see my flaws and see where I can improve and help this team and help myself and win games. Being able to say I’m not the best at these areas and attack them and focus on them.”
In his 20:21 of action off the bench, Nesmith put up 18 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the floor and 1-of-3 from behind the three-point line.
Throughout his young career thus far, Nesmith has been known as a three-point specialist, especially during his time with the Celtics. However, he’s looking to expand his game moving forward.
While the Pacers added guys like Bruce Brown and Obi Toppin this summer, meaning Nesmith’s starting spot could be in jeopardy, he should still be a key part of Rick Carlisle’s rotation with what he brings to the table.
Nesmith’s hustle defense and intensity were crucial to the Pacers’ success, and if he can improve on his driving and scoring abilities, then he’ll become even more irreplaceable for Indiana.
His showing against the Rockets was a great sign of things to come for Nesmith, and it sounds as though he took the summer to make strides in the areas of his game that were the weakest.
During his early years, Nesmith played a bit reckless, and that played well into his defensive mindset. But on the offensive end, it could be a detriment at times.
Now, it looks like he’s going to be a bit more in control, aiming to lock in on his driving ability. Combine that with his shooting and defense, and the Pacers have a very nice young player on their hands.