The 2014 NBA Draft is getting closer and it’s time to start taking a closer look at some of their first-round prospects. Next on the block is Marcus Smart.
Why Draft Him?
All of the talent he has makes him primed for an NBA-career. Smart is what they call in baseball a “five-tool player” as he can handle the ball, shoot, get to the rim and finish, and when he wants to, play defense. He also seems to have that natural leader characteristic that not many kids his age have, and that will always translate to the pros.
The skill-set that that Smart brings to the table remind me a lot of Eric Bledsoe, but more of a Bledsoe in his last year with the Los Angeles Clippers. He also has a tremendous motor like Bledsoe, but has better size to go along with it. Anyone who drafts Smart will be getting an impact-player immediately.
Why Pass On Him?
Maturity. Everyone in the nation saw what happened in Texas Tech and though he may not have been to blame completely, it still wasn’t a great sign for NBA scouts. His body language is poor on the court when things aren’t going his way, and we have seen numerous players at the professional level fail to make that jump because of that trait.
In addition, though he can shoot, his outside shot isn’t fine-tuned just yet. He struggled this year outside of 18 feet and may be a year or so away from putting in the time to make his jumper NBA-ready. With Rajon Rondo on the team, it would be hard to play both of them together and if the Celtics end up moving Rondo before the draft, then Smart will be their guy, otherwise Smart may be in purple and gold.