Sixers NBA Draft profile: Aaron Nesmith

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The Sixers need shooters, and few are better than Aaron Nesmith.

With the No. 21 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers are widely expected to target depth on the perimeter. Ideally, such depth involves another shooter, which the Sixers desperately need. One could argue that Aaron Nesmith is the shooter in this year’s draft.

Nesmith shot 52.2 percent on 115 attempts from 3-point range as a sophomore. He will need to assuage injury concerns for NBA front offices, but in his limited time on the court, Nesmith has looked the part of a bonafide marksman.

The Sixers, naturally, make a pretty ideal landing spot on paper. The one issue is Nesmith’s current projections. Many expect him to come off the board in the late lottery or mid-teens. The Sixers may need to get lucky, or consider a trade up if Nesmith is the desired target.

Philadelphia does, of course, have the firepower to pull off such a move. With five second-round picks in this year’s draft alone, it’s presumably not difficult to present a trade package desirable enough to move up a few spots. Just don’t telegraph the move like last summer.

Nesmith is a name to watch, and he’s someone who could find immediate success in Philadelphia regardless of who the new coach is.