The First Point Guard Taken In This Year's Draft Will Be Marcus Smart
I Just love is overall talent, advanced skill level, and very high basketball I.Q. The game comes very easy to him, and he has a knack for making the right play at the right time. He also tough, versitile, a winner, and can play multiple positions, but will most likely have more success as a point guard, where he can have the ball in his hands to be a great playmaker, passer, and decision maker. I think that he will also surprise people with his underated athleticism, strength, and ability to utilize very good footwork, balance, and bodycontrol when posting up and attacking defenders off the dribble. I think he'll catch nba scouts attention with his craftiness and ability the play the game of basketball the right way and in a very efficitient manner that will lead to many wins for the oklahoma state cowboys
Best Case Scenario: Jimmy Jackson With Point Guard Skills
Wost Case Scenario: Dominique Jones
Also I think Lorenzo Brown has more potential as a point guard because of his great athleticism, great passing skills, and great ball handling skills. But I think that Marcus Smart great combination of mental and physical toughness will make him a better pro
Best Case Scenario: Dwayne Wade ( less athletic )
Wost Case Scenario: Dominique Jones With A Jumpshot
I wouldn't say he has an advanced skill level. He's not a dynamic ball-handler as a far as shaking his man, dribbling in traffic or using advanced ball-handling moves. Marcus primarily uses his strength to shield the ball and get to where he needs to go on the floor. He's also not a great shooter either. He is however a good passer.
What he is is a physically strong combo (actually 1 ,2 OR 3 at the college level) who's the ultimate intangibles guy, competitor and team player who's making the transition to the 1. He's also an absolute pitbull on defense.
Overall, he's hard to project as a pro player since his greatest attributes are his intangibles.
I don't see that best comparison either. Jimmy Jack was a prolific scorer and shooter. Smart is neither of those things. I think he has more in common with a guy like Tony Allen, but with greater intangibles.
I think he's a very effecient ball handler who keeps things simple and only uses advanced dribble moves when needed. Similar to Jason Kidd or Joe Dumars. Who both kept it very simple when handling the ball against strong defensive pressure. But would only use advanced moves to get by a very dynamic defender when needed. Having or using a variety of dribble moves is so overrated. Because when handling the ball against a great defender your goal should be to protect the ball with the needed basic fundamental skills and then utilize the advanced skill set needed to create and win the battle for space and angles. Watch old tapes of John Stockton, Magic Johnson, Mark Price, Tim Hardaway, Penny Hardaway, Micheal Jordan, Mark Jackson, Rod Strickland, Gary Payton, etc. And you will see them keep it will simple when handling the ball against presssure, but then use a advance dribble skill when needed to to get buy a tough defender. And I think marcus smart posesses those same simple, fundamentel, and advanced skill level with-in his ability to handle the ball at a very high level.
I also think that marcus is a very underrated scorer and shooter. He really has great shooting mechanics and can finish shots around the rim in a variety of ways (floater, runner, teardrop, reverse lay-up, adjusting his shot release point based on the position of the shot blocker, finishing lay-ups after contact, etc)
- Let me tell you a little about myself, I have a goal of being a basketball coach and basketball trainer one day. So when I evaluate a player, I really try to break down every part of his skill set that makes him special and what he needs to improve on to take his game to the highest level that he can achieve. And I'm telling you marcus has the physical skills, the mental skills, and the basketball skills to develop into a very good NBA player. Trust me, I no a good one when I see one
Previos Scouting Reports I did On Other Players:
- http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/wil-real-oj-mayo-please-stand ( OJ Mayo )
- http://nbadraft.net/node/53599 ( Tony Wroten )
- http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/i-love-potential-and-upside-lorenzo-brown ( Lorenzo Brown )
- http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/upside-and-potential-perry-jones-updated-version ( Perry Jones )
I'm not saying that just because he doesn't handle the ball like Jamal Crawford that he's not a good ball handler. He lacks a lot of attributes as a ball-handler that are desired to be considered a good one. The change of pace, the ability to use either hand equally well, the hesitation moves, the ability to consistently beat his man off the bounce without the help of a ball screen, etc. He's not currently proficient at any of that. He's being pegged as the point for OK St because of his decision making, leadership and passing skills, not because he's the best ball-handler on the team. Even Scout.com, who's one of the more reliable sources for prep scouting reports and coverage in general, not only doesn't list ball-handling as one of his strengths, but actually lists ball-handling as one of his weaknesses.
As for his shooting, technically his stroke is good, but the results are not. For example, for Team USA this summer he was a 60% FT shooter and shot 10% from 3. Outside shooting...or even FT shooting for that matter are not strengths of his and he'll admit that it's something he needs to work on. He doesn't have a scorers mentality either. He is first and foremost a playmaker.
You are making some legit points about his skills based on what you see in his game. But I just disagree, I think when the basketball season starts for oklahoma state. Then we will be able to see who is wrong and who is right. Because if Dominique Jones can play the point guard position in the NBA, it's no doubt in my mind that Marcus Smart can play the point guard position in the nba. Because they both posess a very similar skill set. But we just have to wait and see who's right or wrong! HA HA HA, I just made you my nbadraft.net rival ( LOL!) Looking forward to more arguments in the future Siggy.
He's not a point I like him alot also but hes not a point.He doesnt have the wow factor or the quickness to keep up with nba pgs but hes a guy that will drop 20 plus on a team and nobody will remeber him even haveing a impact.Very efficient.
Cant wait to see him ,nash and the high scoring latin pg they have PUT ON A SHOW.I was a nash fan since he went to lincoln I thought he and Bazz would both be top 5 locks i hope he gets it together.Also I dont see smart being one in done the coach at O state doesnt care how talented you are if your not helping the team,playing D,or doing your role your on the bench. you can score 20 plus even 30 3 games straight and ride the pine the next 3 games.
Yeah allen is a good comp use to be more of a scorer/slasher who was good at d before injury and he became a lockdown defender he is now.Smart has a better shot tho.
Reminds me of a more modern day Doc Rivers.
All of you are wrong it will be Stanford Hoop's nephew....
Best Case: Grant Hill pre injuries
Worst Case: Felipe Lopez
I could care less about of negs but where are the arguments? Most times a neg means a diff view /disagreement.I just would like to hear them.
Playing pg is a different monster then playing sg watched oj mayo ,stephen jackson,crawford and many of the best sg struggle as the primary ball handler.Tony allens senior year 16ppg 50% shooting and something tells me they werent off of open shots.....Heard a interview where tony ws told if he wanted to see playing time on the celtics he had to step it up on D so he put a major effor to a talent he always had and became the player he is today I think marcus can become a pesky defender like allen. He isnt easily startled went at BAZZ like he was just another kid in the gym.The work ethic confidence and mindset of this kid is what you cant teach.Playing pg is something I dont see him doing easily at the next level hes a team player yeah but PG?
He looks like Dion Waiters in how he attacks the basket, his size, and athleticism. I think Waiters was a little bit more of a scorer, while Smart has better passing, and probably just a little more athletic (or just in better shape).