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Am In the only one that thinks Marcus Smart is overrated?

Not an NBA athlete, to slow to be a PG and too small to be a SG. Not a great scorer or a great passer...good defender but may have trouble staying in front of NBA athletes. Also his mid-season slump was pretty terrible but people seem to be ignoring that. The only superstar quality I see in him is his killer instinct and strength for his position, but those two things alone can't make him a star. I think he can be a serviceable player as a combo guard, but even in a weak draft he's not a guy I'd take top 5.


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I felt the same way after

I felt the same way after watching him this season. I see the potential, but I think he's more raw than some people seem to believe. He's a good defender and with his size and strength he could possibly be an elite defender at some point in the future, but when I watched him his speed and quickness didn't stand out even at the college level which to me is a cause for concern. In college he has definitely been a lock down defender, but a big part of that was his huge size advantage on pretty much every other PG he faced and the fact that his quickness was sufficient at the college level. At 6-4 225 I wouldn't say he's too small to play the two in the NBA, but from what I've seen his jumper needs improvement. I don't like him as a top 5 pick, but in this draft I think he should be.

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How do you figure he is too

How do you figure he is too small to be a NBA 2? If you look at majority of the 2s who are effective at 6'4''-6'5'' that start in the league, Smart is bigger in size (Wade, Mayo, Stephenson). I'll take him in a heartbeat as a Top 5 pick! You can't teach size, it's a given.

Smart is a guy you don't hesitate to take if you need a PG in the draft, he has the intangibles to play both on the ball and off at the next level. He may have slowed down towards the end of the season, but I'm sure you hitched a ride on the wagon when the season started.

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Overrated as a prospetc? No.

Overrated as a prospect? No. Overrated as a point guard? Maybe. I personally like Burke over Smart as a point guard prospect but thats just my opinion. But what Smart brings to the table can't be overlooked. This guy is built like a tank. He can already bully a good amount of NBA point guards. And he is a do it all guard. He can rebound well for a guard, he is a willing passer and a good one. His jumper isn't that great but he is good at driving to the lane and his body will suit him well when taking contact. He also looks like he could potentially be a great defender. He isn't the athlete that Rose, Westbrook, and Wall are but he is solid for what he can do at his size. I think he will be worthy of a top 5 pick due to his potential and this being a weak draft.

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I've gotten nagged before for

I've gotten nagged before for saying it, but his combination of intangibles, leadership, I.Q., good, but not great athleticism, flashes of heady point guard play, and his bullish size for the positions has me thinking Chauncey Billups without the "big shot"

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I do think Smart is an

I do think Smart is an overrated prospect, but you are being really harsh in saying he isn't an NBA athlete. His speed, while certainly not ideal, is not inadequate for the PG position, nor is he too small for SG. In fact, with his strength, he has good size for SG. My problem with Smart is that I would not trust him as my team's pg, as his shot selection is very poor and his overall decision making on the court can seem questionable. He doesn't have the instinctive feel of the PG position Burke and Carter-Williams have. Personally, I think Smart is best suited as a combo guard off the bench who can play good minutes leading the second unit. That is valuable to have, but I wouldn't take him in the top 5. I just worry about his ability to score efficiently at the next level, as there isn't one individual offensive skill he excels at, except perhaps post offense for a guard.

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Tyreke Evans

He remind me of tyreke evens. He's stronger and can probably shoot a little better. But your right he's not great at anything.

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Andre Miller.

I dont think he is overrated I think he is safe pick. I think he is our modern day Andre Miller. Obviously more athletic but his playing style is mistake free and smart. Doesn't take much chances just goes with the safe play.

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I don't see the mistake free

I don't see the mistake free part. He averaged 3.4 TOs per game despite being more of a scorer than distributor and takes many bad shots off the dribble. Sure, he could have looked better on a better offensive team, but he still makes way too many bad passes for a player who isn't a super creative passer or prolific assist man to begin with.

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He's not overrated, because it's a weak draft, and the smart we all saw(or not) was an 18 YO young man...give him a break or 2, please, we don't speak of a 21 YO junior.
I won't be too worried about the classic combo weaknesses TO prone-low FG%...he has almost all the other tools, at least a lot of strenghts.
For his draft stock, he's a shepherd not a sheep like many other top prospects, that should count in the building of a team, as much as the fact that he's the 3rd youngest player in the draft class( a month with noel, 5 with goodwin) not an old frosh ala mc lemore, muhammad, bennett and co.
He'll probably develop and expand his "hero ball game", but he already has, and he'll always have the big time team ball in his arsenal
He can impact a game in a variety of ways, all around game fo sho, but especially a monster on the hustle board for a frosh guard.
I'm not worried by that kind of undefined combo guard(at that point of his career), because even if he stays a 40% FG-TO prone guard, he'll have many many other aspects to watch his back(FT-makes plays-hustle-D), i'm more confident in that kind of combo than the hundreds of &$#%#[email protected]! combo forwards who fall of the tree every year...
He'll be fine as a big lead guard, playing alongside a facilitator, or as a facilitator of a scoring first type of PG, come on guys, we are in 2013... knicks are playing and winning with a 5'11 SG alongside a 36 YO PG(it was a 5'11 PG with a 40 YO SG earlier), an east coast PO team has a backcourt composed of a 6'2 SG and a 6'1 125 pounder PG.
At worst he'll be part of a 3 guards rotation, he's both, like the ends he plays, like the ends he makes plays....anyway magic or pistons, that's it.

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Overrated as a PG I agree. I

Overrated as a PG I agree. I wouldn't pencil him in as a PG at the next level. You know how many years experience he's had running the full-time PG? 1... and it showed. His decision making is iffy.
His handle is not that great (weak off-hand), he doesn't have a great first step, his ability to create offense isn't good and his shooting has already been discussed. He's got great intangibles, but I don't think that's enough to have him taken as high as where I've seen him projected.

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