He's actually not really outplaying rookie Bender at all.
Poku has been straight up terrible this season. Shooting 28% from the field & 23% from deep. He’s had maybe two good games on a weak OKC team
You want to give him no time to warm up and expect him to do great things from day 1??
He is a taller player also. They usually take a bit longer
At least he looks nothing like Dragon Bender (bust)
I'm not willing to write Poku off or anything. I think by the time he's on his second contract he'll be solid.
But Ainge was clearly addressing how enormous need for shooting with Nesmith. I personally preferred Bey, but the Nesmith pick made sense
In theory but not in practice
Saddiq Bey would have been a better choice for this team
He is 2-3 inches taller. Sets up/squares up quicker and quicker release than Nesmith. Tighter and more confident handles in tight spaces
I'm not sure what Nesmith ceiling is. But in this system, could be underutilized. Perhaps a better fit on a team like the Suns or Heat