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Two NBA Draft Prospects That Could Contribute Right Away

Patrick Williams Florida State Forward

Patrick Williams was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year last year for Florida State. He came off the bench and averaged 9.2 rebounds, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 22.5 minutes per game. Williams shot 45% from the field and 32% from beyond the arc. He is 6'8 225 lbs, with a wingspan of 6'11.

Strengths: Williams is an outstanding athlete that can guard all five positions. He has the size, length, and speed to keep up with guards. Also, he is strong enough to battle down in the post as well. Williams is excellent in transition with his athletic and leaping ability, which allows him to be a lob threat. The former Florida State

player showed the ability to slash to the basket and finish strong.

Weaknesses: Williams must improve on his three-point shooting to space the floor on the NBA level. He has shown the ability to hit the three-point shot but still has to get better. Williams is raw on the offensive side of the ball, and it led in his 50 turnovers to 29 assists. Although Williams is an outstanding defender, he struggles defending off the ball.

I think Wiliams will be able to contribute right away in the NBA because of his ability to defend. If he can improve his outside shot, Williams can develop into a three and D player to slash to the basket.

Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt Guard

Aaron Nesmith had a heck of a season at Vanderbilt with former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse as head coach. As a freshman, Nesmith averaged 11 points a game, but he upped his scoring average 12 points to 23 points per game in his sophomore year. He also shot 52% from three-point land.

Strengths: Nesmith is a pure shooter; he can shoot off the dribble, catch and shoot, and light it up in transition. Once he sets his feet, he can get his shot off quickly. Nesmith has ball-handling ability to create space to free himself up for jump shots and getting to the basket. Nesmith has good NBA size at 6'6 215 lbs. With his size and length, it allows Nesmith the chance to be an outstanding defender on the NBA level.

Weaknesses: Nesmith can shoot the ball with the best of them, but his passing vision is lacking. He's not a dynamic athlete and sometimes looks stiff when driving to the basket. Nesmith struggles with his dribbling sometimes when he is attacking the basket. On the NBA level, teams will try to crowd him and force him to create shots off the dribble.

While Nesmith might be the most athletic and fastest player, he can shoot the basketball. If he can improve his handle some, he could turn into a reliable all-around scorer in the NBA. I can see him as a Buddy Held type player for whatever team drafts him. With the NBA becoming a shooter league, Nesmith will be high on teams draft boards. He does have the ability to play both ends of the floor.

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