Marcus Smart surprised the basketball world last season when he decided to turn down a practically guaranteed top three selection in the NBA Draft and returned to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season. After finishing his sophomore year in college, Smart made the expected decision this time around by declaring for the NBA Draft. He’s the next prospect we’ll take an in-depth look at.
The 6-foot-4, 220 pound point guard is a physical specimen who can overpower smaller guards and attack the basket. He’s an excellent athlete and uses his driving ability to average eight free throw attempts per game. Smart also contributes in different areas of the game, averaging 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.9 steals per contest.
He’s a good defender who has quick hands that can create turnovers. Smart anticipates and reacts to plays seemingly before they happen which can lead to transition opportunities. It will be interesting, however, if he will be able to guard quicker, more explosive point guards in the NBA.
Despite an altercation with a Texas Tech fan earlier this season, Smart has been praised for his character and winning attitude throughout his time in Stillwater. He has the reputation as a coachable, hard working leader.
Smart’s liability comes in his three-point shooting. He only shot 29 percent from deep as a freshman and was expected to improve that number drastically. As a sophomore, Smart only shot 29.9 percent from behind the arc, which means it’s possible he may not become a respectable shooter. This will allow defenders to go under screens in the NBA, which isn’t the end of the world, but he may struggle running the pick-and-roll. At the college level, he was big and athletic enough to beeline towards the basket, but he’ll need to be more creative at the next level. He can also improve as a distributor and true floor general. If not, he may be considered a combo guard instead of a point guard. He’ll really need to work to improve his shooting. It’s the easiest area to improve but it’s concerning that he hasn’t improved yet.
Smart is essentially the same prospect that he was a year ago, only a year older and in a stronger draft class. As a result, Smart will drop a few spots compared to last year but should still be a top 10 pick. He may end up being a somewhat high risk, high reward type of prospect with varying opinions in front offices.
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