Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard introduced by Celtics

Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard face an unprecedented one-week turnaround to training camp after the 2020 NBA Draft.

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Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard flew directly from their homes to Boston after being selected 14th and 26th respectively in the NBA Draft. They met with some early-arriving younger Celtics players and today received their jerseys — No. 26 and 11 — as they stand just over one week from the beginning of training camp.

Aaron Nesmith is healthy and ready for Celtics training camp next week as Boston introducer him and Payton Pritchard. Danny Ainge took them 14th and 26th in the 2020 NBA Draft. Payton Pritchard discussed playing with Jayson Tatum at the Nike Hoops Summit and against Jaylen Brown in high school, while he teamed up with Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford on UNITE Team USA. The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

It’s an unprecedented turnaround from draft night to the NBA season, expected to begin in roughly one month, as the entirety of the Boston Celtics expects to fill into the Auerbach Center next week. The roster is set once Boston’s signings become official, as Nesmith and Pritchard inked their rookie contracts today. Nesmith will make $2.9 million in 2021 and Pritchard $1.7 million. Second round pick Yam Madar is not expected to join the Celtics this season.

Nesmith, who broke his right foot in January playing for Vanderbilt, said he is 100% and ready to go for training camp, adding that his 52% three-point stroke from last season will absolutely translate to the league. Both he and Pritchard didn’t specifically project their roles, though both could see ample opportunity with Kemba Walker uncertain to start the season and Gordon Hayward gone for the Hornets with no roster replacement on the wing.

“It’s going to be a big jump for both of us going in,” Nesmith said. “We didn’t get Summer League, so didn’t get to get out feet wet.”

When the Celtics lost Al Horford for nothing last offseason and traded Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis comfortably slid over to the center position and had a top 10-15 season of any center in the NBA last year. Now that Gordon Hayward left the Celtics and no wings remain, the Romeo Langford and Aaron Nesmith pressure increases. Langford rarely played in his rookie season and is out into this next NBA season with an ankle injury. Nesmith enters as an unproven rookie. Them and Semi Ojeleye will be tasked with filling the bench minutes at the wing. The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

Otherwise, they mentioned the transition being fairly fluid as they’ve met Danny Ainge, the coaching staff and the players on hand in Brighton. Both players know several of their teammates already, Nesmith played with Jayson Tatum at the Nike Hoops Summit while Pritchard faced Jaylen Brown in high school and AAU. Pritchard also played with Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford on the Team USA U-19 team in the Egypt FIBA World Cup.

Pritchard, asked about the history of No. 11 in Boston given its two most recent recipients, said it was simply his second favorite number. Nesmith will continue to use his number from Vanderbilt, where he played a pro-style offense under head coach Jerry Stackhouse.

He has received restaurant recommendations from his brother Eddie Nesmith, who attends Harvard University studying molecular and cellular biology

“The body of work. The repetition. For me, nothing changes,” Nesmith said. “My warmup doesn’t change, my form doesn’t change. My footwork doesn’t change. as long as I continue to work on those things and continue to perfect those attributes to my game, there’s not reason for my shot to not translate from one level to the next.”