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2 - Russ Smith

Louisville 

  • Birthday: 4/19/91
  • NBA Position: PG/SG
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-1
  • Wt: 160
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
  • High School: South Kent
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Overall

85

2014
Mock:  47

NBA Comparison: Dominic James

Strengths: Smith is one of the most talented scoring guards in the nation due to a combination of excellent lateral agility, elite top-end speed and supreme aggressiveness ... He excels in transition because of his fantastic athletic gifts/body control and is always looking to push the ball and attack ... He’s quite possibly the toughest guard in the country showing the willingness to continually attack and finish despite being around 6’foot 160 lbs ... He uses a very solid handle (led by a strong hesitation dribble) to get into the paint and get to the line at an amazing rate, where he shoots a high % (80%) ... All of these things benefit him in the more wide-open game in the NBA ... Smith has come a long way in terms of decision making and shot selection during his college career, as well as showing times where he can get red hot from beyond the arc ... He uses his aforementioned lateral quickness and toughness to cover even the quickest of guards and never backs down from playing physically, even at his size ... He has tremendous instincts, excellent hands, impressive length for his size and always puts forth a strong effort ... Was not heavily recruited, a late bloomer, who has become one of the top college players due to hard work ...

Weaknesses: The comparison has been beaten to death is that Smith plays like Allen Iverson and while it makes some sense, that typically ends up being a kiss of death ... Smith’s athleticism and fearlessness will give him a shot at making it, but he’s still viewed as a 6’ shooting guard in a league that doesn’t value that type of player highly, particularly one with limited shooting ability ... He’s one of the lighter NBA prospects to come along in a while and could greatly benefit from putting on 10-15 lbs, although that may cost him so of his ability to change directions and top-end speed ... His lack of size and strength has also affected his ability to finish at the rim consistently ... While his speed makes him a terror in Louisville's pressure defense, his size makes him a defensive liability as a combo guard ... He plays primarily off the ball in college and when he does have the ball in his hands you can tell the first thing that comes to his mind is “score” ... His 1-1 (2.9/2.7) assist to turnover ratio illustrates his questionable ability to play the PG position ... When asked to run the point, he shows a mediocre ability to do so ... Another concern is his inability to shoot from deep. (33% from 3) ... He’s very streaky/inconsistent for someone whose main forte is scoring … He must continue to improve as a shooter and become much more efficient if he wants a place in the NBA ...

Overall: He’s an extremely undersized shooting guard that’s very light and struggles to consistently make shots from the perimeter and tends to get ‘tunnel vision’ ... Despite his college exploits and elite quickness, it's difficult to imagine him making it in the league unless he's able to make some big strides in his current skill set ...

Sam Gallenberger 4/8/13

May 18, 2014

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