• The New York Knicks have continued to struggle in the latest NBA season
  • One prospect the Knicks could benefit from is Aaron Nesmith
  • Nesmith averaged 23 points a game in the 2019-2020 season with the Vanderbilt Commodores

It has been another tough season for the New York Knicks as they’ve fallen near the bottom of the NBA standings. They’ve struggled to find a consistent performer to elevate the franchise to the next level. Despite these, they've kept their eyes open for high-potential talent such as Vanderbilt Commodores' prospect Aaron Nesmith.

While the more prominent talents such as LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman have risen to fame, Nesmith has been performing well under the radar. The six-foot-six forward is scouted as one of the better prospects to come out of the Commodores program.

Per the Daily Knicks, the organization may take benefit from someone like Nesmith’s caliber with the way he dictates the pace of the offense. The 20-year-old has the ability to score from inside the paint and stretch his range beyond the three-point line. In the 2019-2020 year, he averaged 23 points, 4.9 rebounds while shooting 51.2% from the field.

The versatile forward can pair up well with the Knicks’ young rising stars such as RJ Barrett. The two could form as a dynamic duo from the shooting guard and small forward positions. Both players are capable scorers and may complement each other when they share the court for the organization.

The Knicks could use a revitalized roster given how they’ve struggled in the past few seasons. While they have talented players on their team, this hasn’t translated much into victories. Having someone of Nesmith’s caliber can serve as an additional boost to the depth the Knicks given his tendency to move well without the ball and read the situation on the floor.

The raw talent and potential of Nesmith is too tempting to pass up and could blossom well in the NBA if given the right opportunities. A point of concern scouts have brought up was his stress fracture in his right foot. But if Nesmith is able to bounce back and adjust then his shooting and agility on the court may serve as a strong asset to any team.

It will be interesting to see how the Knicks organization play their cards in this situation given how they’ve been trying to rebuild their team.

2019 NBA Draft Board
The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Getty Images/Sarah Stier