We are still over 2 months away from the 2014 NBA Draft, but there is still quite a bit of prospects to analyze before June 26th. We have covered Kansas big man, Joel Embiid, and Michigan State guard, Gary Harris, in our first two evaluations. We now take a look at Oklahoma State point guard, Marcus Smart.
Smart leads the 21-12 Cowboys in scoring (17.8 ppg), steals (2.8) and assists (4.7.) Smart will lead the West brackets’ 9th ranked Cowboys into the tournament on Friday where they will face 8th ranked Gonzaga.
Evan Mielke covers College Basketball for Raining3s.com and provides his analysis of Marcus Smart.
Raining3s’ 2014 NBA Draft Evaluation: Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart (19 years old, Sophomore PG, Oklahoma State University via Flower Mound, Texas)
Smart is a tank. At 6’5 and 220 pounds, he is the NBA point guard of the future. Smart has ridiculously quick hands and over a 38 inch vertical. His body type can only be described as something like a squatter Magic Johnson.
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Above average. Smart has an explosive first step, and excellent leaping ability. He excels at crafty athleticism: getting rebounds off of missed free-throws, picking off offensive rebounds from post players, etc.
Smart can bully his way to the rim with ease, and when he does pass out, it’s usually to an open teammate.
His passing around the perimeter is quite fundamentally sound. His bounce pass is laser-sharp and accurate, and he can throw it out of the post to the perimeter surprisingly well.
Outside shooting ability:
Below average, but only because he tends to take guarded, off-balance, long threes. When he spots up, his shot is much more respectable and controlled.
Ability to get own shot:
Above average. Marcus Smart excels at creating contact and getting to the free-throw line.
His most underrated skill. Top 5 in the NCAA. He can easily move 1 and 2 guards around on the perimeter. Smart might be the best on-ball defender in the entire draft class, though he does have a tendency to flop to a fault. It’s one thing to exaggerate contact, it’s another to spend extended periods of time on the ground.
Basketball IQ and intangibles:
This is where the problem comes in. For all intents and purposes, Marcus Smart is what many would refer to as a “headcase.” He has shown consistent disregard for his coach, has physically assaulted a fan, and has shot OSU out of multiple games. The team that drafts him has to be firm with him, and has to have a coach that handles difficult personalities well. He’ll probably go to Sacramento.
Projected draft position: 12
Projected position in the NBA: PG/SG
Comparable NBA player:
Dwyane Wade (in truth, this is, Smart does not really have an NBA parallel).
– Evan Mielke (draft evaluation)