Boston Celtics: 3 players that balled out during Summer League action

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Boston Celtics Summer League Standout No. 2: Aaron Nesmith

Aaron Nesmith had an interesting rookie season with the Boston Celtics last year. The sharpshooter, formerly from Vanderbilt, struggled to crack the rotation for much of the season. But when he did, he often ended up being the sparkplug the Celtics needed to help get them back on track.

Nesmith followed up a solid finish to the season by coming out and dominating in Summer League action. He managed to score double digits in each of the five contests, was his usual hyperactive self on defense, and even managed to make some contributions on the glass, as he was just a rebound shy of a double-double in their contest against the Magic.

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Nesmith’s coming out party however, was the game before against the Denver Nuggets. Nesmith was simply on fire, dropping 33 points while shooting 13/18 from the field, including 7/9 from three point land. It was one of the highlight performances from the entire Summer League tournament, not just from the C’s.

That game was a true look at what Nesmith could become; a knockdown three point shooter, who can also play lockdown defense. Celtics fans had to be getting giddy at the thought of him developing into the third scoring option alongside Tatum and Brown in the future.

Whereas Nesmith was primarily a spot up shooter last season, he was able to show his diverse shot making abilities this time around. Whether it be rolling off screens to get some mid range looks or quick cuts to the rim, Nesmith’s all-around scoring ability was fully on display throughout the Summer League action.

With all the turnover Boston has experienced, Nesmith should be given an opportunity to carve out a larger role for himself this season. He has tons of potential on both sides of the ball, and could end up being a big part of this team’s future down the line. We all knew about his potential, but Nesmith showed us during the Summer League that he is well on his way to reaching it.