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J.R. Smith-Better or Worse?

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J.R. Smith-Better or Worse?

If J.R. Smith had went to UNC as expected, before he had the big performance from the Mickey D's game, would his game be better or worse from going to college for at least 1 season?

I am eager to know what you all think, because I think UNC & Duke programs shackle your game.


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He would understand game

He would understand game situations better and be a more consistent player

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I doubt one season would have

I doubt one season would have helped his game that much. It would have affected his draft stock more than game.

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"I doubt one season would

"I doubt one season would have helped his game that much"

You can't rule that out because he would have been under Roy Williams.

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If Smith would have enrolled

If Smith would have enrolled who would have been the first man off the bench between he & Marvin Williams?

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Its funny but Kenny Smith

Its funny but Kenny Smith asked the same question last week...Both he And Chris Webber agreed that JR Smith might be a all star if he had went to college to learn how to play the game...They said he has no in between game and thats he's always trying to make spectacular plays..Going to college would've taught him the intangibles of the game...

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Most certainly. He would have

Most certainly. He would have learned the intangibles. Would have a more well-rounded game. Probably would have boosted his draft stock the way Marvin Williams Jr. did. My guess, he would have gone 6th I believe to Portland. They were looking for a shooter/scorer to develop. With the lack of guard depth outside of the high school guards with potential, JR could have been a 19 year old with tremendous upside and was fresh off of a collegiate championship.

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Why

Why do people always insist that you have to go to college to "learn the game?" Does that mean you learn absolutely nothing in the NBA? No instruction? No help? I mean come on. A basketball team only has 12-15 guys. Most classes in schools have more people in the class than that with only one teacher. In the NBA you have multiple coaches, specialists, etc as well as teammates. A year of college doesn't make a person mature that much. A lot of kids go off to college and go crazy their first year. I could imagine how much trouble and crazyiness a first year basketball player could get in that only has to go to classes for the first semester and has everything thrown at him. I get the feeling that a lot of people think NBA coaches say just play. I'm sure someone has told him to work on his midrange game. He's always been an all (dunk or 3 pointer) or nothing player. There is a whole generation of those guys playing right now. There are very few guys in the NBA with any type of midrange game. A lot of the ones that do have them have been all stars. Being consistant has a lot to do with work ethic. Everyone knows JR has tons of talent, but he has to put everything together and figure it out.

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Smith needs a mid range game I agree

He needs to play on a bad team for a few years so he can put up numbers and play more minutes. After a while he will figure out what he is in this league and work those talent to the maxium limit he is capable of. Maybe turn himself into a Ray Allen type running off of screens and attack when guys play him for the jumper. Must develop a in between game though cuz it's 3 pointer or drive,and the later he should do more of.

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to me J.R. is a lights out 3

to me J.R. is a lights out 3 point shooter and dunker but there isn't anything in between...the nuggets love having his offense off the bench but i think he has the capability to prove that he is a starter in this league (bulls would be nice)

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@Taylor Condrin...He was

@Taylor Condrin...He was traded to the Bulls in summer of 2006..But he never played with them,becuz 3 days later he was traded again...

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unfortuantly JR is still the

unfortuantly JR is still the same player he was 3 yrs ago..... its kindaa dissapointing cause i thought he could be a bona-fide 20 ppg along melo

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I dont think it would have

I dont think it would have changed his game much. So he would have had the opportunity to learn the intangibles...does he not still have that opportunity from NBA Level coaches? Its about a willingness and desire to be a more disicplined player. I just don't see him having the willingness to work at his game to become more of a well-rounded and fundamentally sound player. This def. shows in his D. Sure every now and then he turns it up, but he still is a lackluster defensive player. And while many players are gifted defenders due to size/athleticism, it is more a mentality than anything else. A committment to the end of the floor that doesnt show up in the buckets column. He is a player whose primary desire is to put together a career of highlight reel plays on the offensive end and it shows.

This is even coming from a big JR supporter.

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Him and Rashard McCants

Him and Rashard McCants would've given Roy Williams a bunch of firepower offensively, but ALOT of headaches too.

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