Immediately after the Celtics took Aaron Nesmith with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas made a bold proclamation.
"Best shooter in the Draft," Bilas said.
The numbers certainly support the claim, with Nesmith shooting better than 50 percent from beyond the 3-point stripe during his 14-game season with Vanderbilt during the 2019-20 campaign.
Thanks to Jerry Stackhouse's appearance on OMF Thursday, the narrative only gained more momentum.
The former NBA star and current Vanderbilt coach offered up four tantalizing names when asked by Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria for some NBA comparisons.
Ray Allen. Allan Houston. J.J. Redick. Khris Middleton.
"I don’t think they have anyone on the team that shoots as well as he does," Stackhouse said. "You’re talking about a guy who if he takes 100 shots he’s going to make 90 of them spot-up shots. I’ve seen him go 50-for-50, taking five spots, 10 shots. Allan Houston, Ray Allen type of jumpers. They are getting that type of shooter, but more."
The Commodores' coach later added, "I kind of liken him to Allan Houston right now. A guy who can come off screens, come off pin-downs. I don’t know if he had the greatest handle but he could get to where he needed to get to to make great space for himself. Defensively, probably middle tier right now with the ability to obviously improve there. Another guy I like is his homeboy from Charleston Khris Middleton. I think they have a lot of similarities. They both shoot the ball at a high clip. Khris has shown the ability to post up as well as pick-and-roll and I think over time Aaron will be able to do some of those same things and still shoot the ball at a really high clip. He really shoots the ball like a J.J. Redick type. I just don’t want to limit him to that. Once he gets space, once he gets his eyes on the rim, it’s gone. Just from a standpoint of shot-making. Does it look the same or have the same type of release as J.J. Redick? No. But from a standpoint of shot-making, that’s the way he shoots the ball."
And in case you aren't familiar, here are the lofty standards Stackhouse just referenced when describing his former player:
Houston: 17.3 points per game, 40.2 percent 3-point shooting.
Redick: 13.1 points per game, 41.6 percent 3-point shooting.
Middleton: Last season averaged 20.9 points per game, 41.5 percent 3-point shooting.
Allen: 18.9 points per game, 40 percent 3-point shooting.