Aaron Nesmith's rise as a perfect Pacers fit next to Tyrese Haliburton

With Tyrese Haliburton leading the charge for the Indiana Pacers, they need to find players that fit next to him, and Aaron Nesmith has proven to be just that.

Indiana Pacers, Aaron Nesmith, Tyrese Haliburton
Indiana Pacers, Aaron Nesmith, Tyrese Haliburton / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
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2. Aaron Nesmith's three-point shooting

As a prep player and college player, Nesmith was known as a sniper of a shooter. There are players who can shoot, then there are actual shooters, and then there are players who are snipers.

Snipers are players that are off-the-charts effective from deep. They hit at such a high clip from distance that they’re in a tier by themselves.

Nesmith shot 52% from distance on eight attempts per game during his last season at Vanderbilt. Yes, that qualifies as a sniper. It was half of the season for him, but 14 games on that many attempts proved to be real.

After being a lottery pick for the Celtics, Nesmith’s sniper level took a real dip. In his two seasons with Boston, he shot 34.6% from deep. I would say that’s a level of a player who can shoot not a shooter and certainly not a sniper.

Whatever the variables were that impacted this, it led to Nesmith’s worst shooting, probably since early high school.

Since being in a Pacers uniform, he’s shooting 39.6% from distance. If you want to go more recently, he’s shooting 47.5% this season. He’s doing that on just under 4.5 attempts a game. This is the sniper-level ability that Nesmith provided before his NBA career.

Now, with Nesmith in the starting lineup, we hope to see him get up even more attempts. I don’t expect his efficiency to dip much. I believe Nesmith is a legitimate 40% shooter from deep on high volume. There’s just too much proof for me to think otherwise.