Celtics take Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith, Oregon’s Pritchard in first round of NBA draft.


KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 19: Aaron Nesmith #24 of the Vanderbilt Commodores drives with the ball past Jordan Bowden #23 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half of their game at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 19, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

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The Boston Celtics chose scoring forward Aaron Nesmith out of Vanderbilt at 16th overall in the first round of the 2020 NBA draft.

Nesmith averaged 23.0 points a game for the Commodores last year prior to a foot injury ended his season. Nesmith is considered one of the best shooters in the draft. He shot 52% from 3-point range last year.

With the 26th pick the Celtics selected Bob Cousy award winner and Pac-12 player of the year Payton Prtichard. Pritchard led his conference in points and assists.

The Celtics traded out of the 30th pick and selected Yam Madar out of Israel at 47th.

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Georgia freshman guard Anthony Edwards on with the No. 1 pick in the delayed NBA draft. Edwards became the 11th straight one-and-done player to be the No. 1 pick, coming in a year where there was no clear obvious choice.

He averaged 19.1 points for the Bulldogs, tops among all freshman. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the pick from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

The Golden State Warriors, stung by the news that Klay Thompson sustained another leg injury earlier Wednesday, took Memphis center James Wiseman with the second pick. They stumbled to the bottom of the league while Thompson missed the entire season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
LaMelo Ball then went to the Charlotte Hornets, the next stop on a lengthy basketball journey that sent the guard from high school in California to stops as a professional in Lithuania and Australia.
The Chicago Bulls took Patrick Williams of Florida State, the ACC sixth man of the year as a freshman, at No. 4. Cleveland followed with Auburn’s Isaac Okoro, another freshman, to round out the top five.

The latter half of the top 10 featured a couple of highly regarded international players in France’s Killian Hayes, taken by Detroit at No. 7, and Deni Avdija, the highest player to come from Israel when Washington picked him at No. 9.

In between, the New York Knicks took forward Obi Toppin, the national player of the year last season at Dayton.

The draft was originally scheduled for June 25 before multiple delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic pushed it out of its usual home at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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