NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Marcus Smart
Randy Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
Sophomore/Oklahoma State Cowboys
USA TODAY Sports
2013-14 Season: 18 PPG - 5.9 RPG - 4.8 APG
Notes: Smart was a second-team All-American his freshman season and a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore. He was also suspended three games for shoving a fan in the stands his sophomore season.
Strengths: Smart already has his NBA body and uses it to his advantage, as he gets to the basket with ease and gets himself to the free throw line. Smart is a physical, athletic player who is like a bowling ball when driving to the cup. Smart also uses these skills to be a solid on-ball defender. Smart is good at reading the floor and getting his teammates involved, letting the game come to him most of the time. Despite the incident his sophomore season, Smart is also a leader on and off the floor and a highly competitive player who just wants to win. And while Smart could have left his freshman season, he returned to school and improved his FG percentage, PPG and APG averages.
Weaknesses: Smart settled for way too many jump shots his sophomore year, averaging 5.3 threes per game despite making them only 29.9 percent of the time. Smart’s jump shot isn’t the most consistent and neither is his shot selection at times. It’s like he needs to be reminded he’s built like a tank. Smart could also improve his ball handling, and there are questions if he is a true point guard or a better fit at shooting guard. He needs to be more aggressive throughout the game and attack the cup more often than he does.
Projection: Smart reminds me a lot of a bigger Dwyane Wade. He has all of the skills to be an All-Star player at the next level and could become a go-to guy on a lottery team. Smart is a lottery pick and will have an immediate impact on whichever team pulls the trigger.