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SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft: New Orleans Pelicans select Aaron Nesmith 13th

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Deni Avdija or Patrick Williams almost fell in our lap!

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The SB Nation NBA sites conducted a 2020 mock draft recently behind the scenes, and The Bird Writes wound up selecting Aaron Nesmith, a small forward out of Vanderbilt.

With the futures of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson in mind, the Pelicans would be happy to score a high end role player in a weak draft devoid of booming potential. Aaron Nesmith fits the bill perfectly as his extraordinary shooting skills (52.2 3PT% on 9.2 3PA) will keep driving lanes open for years to come for the two New Orleans cornerstones. Mentoring under JJ Redick could prove invaluable, and between Van Gundy’s teachings and Aaron Nelson’s training staff, a good chance exists for the 6’10 wingspan of Nesmith to reach his ceiling as an above average defender.

There were no trades allowed for this exercise, which only focused on the first round, but interestingly though, TBW came close to landing a more desirable target.

Deni Avdija was taken at 11 by Pounding the Rock (Spurs’ site) and Patrick Williams went to Sactown Royalty (Kings’ site) at 12.

Oh, so close!

For the full SB Nation mock results, click here.

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