Mar 20, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart shoots during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart has the tools to become great


Marcus Smart was one of the best guards in college basketball for the two years he was at Oklahoma State. Smart is a physical specimen, standing at 6-foot-4 with a long 6-foot-8 wingspan and a 225 pound frame of muscle. The guard uses his size to his advantage and is at his best inside the paint. He is very good at forcing contact and getting to the free throw line, though his 72% shooting will need to improve. Smart is good in transition and very smooth in the pick and roll and can create shots for himself or others. His size will allow coaches to move him around on defense, which is something he can handle. He should be a very good defender in the NBA and is a very competitive person.


As mentioned above, his free throw shooting is something he needs to work on. He averaged eight attempts a game last season, but only hit 72% of them. His outside jump shot can still improve as well. There are stretches where he gets hot, but it is still too inconsistent for the NBA level. His decision making could also improve a bit as he had a few high turnover games including a season high of six in the NCAA tournament against Gonzaga.


The improvement of his jump shot. Smart would have been a top-five pick last season had he come out and should be in the top-five this season. He has all the tools to be a consistent NBA All-Star for years to come. If he can nail down a consistent outside jumper this kid could be unstoppable. He shoots a low 30% from behind the arch to go along with his low percentage at the free throw line. Smart gets to the line at will and is very strong around the basket for a guard, much like Dwyane Wade. If that outside jump shot ever gets figured out he may become unguardable.

How would he fit with the Suns

A player of his caliber would be an asset any team would love to have, but he just does not have a spot on the Suns. Smart would not see the court as often as he probably should with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green all having set roles on the team at the guard spot. The Suns would have to trade up to draft Smart anyways and I do not expect that to happen.

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