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Marcus Smart Update

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I know he isn't Parker, Wiggins, or Randle, but he should be in the top 10 if not the top 5 of next summers NBA draft picks. While # 5 ranked Oklahoma State has had a pretty lax schedule thus far, they played # 11 ranked Memphis tonight beating them 101-80. I didn't see the whole game, but I saw enough of the first half to see that OkSt got out way ahead of Memphis on Smart's 3-ponters. He has a nice catch-and-release shot, elevates well (is 6'4 with 6'8 wingspan which leads me to believe he has a pretty decent point of release), and has a smooth finish. He went 5-10 from the arc even though he's shooting about 31% so far this season. Mind you, OkSt has only had 4 games so far, most of them against small unheard of schools (sorry Utah Valley) and he averaged less than 25 mpg in his first 3 games. Tonight, he played 33 minutes against Memphis as OkSt held a 20 point margin since the end of the first half.

So right now, his stats aren't anything impressive, but mostly because he hasn't had to play much for his team to win. Even if he had impressive stats at this point, they would be less meaningful having been earned against much lesser teams (except for tonight against Memphis where he scored 39 points on 11-21 shooting! He also had 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 5 steals, and 3 turnovers).

Depending on what pick Utah receives in the 2014 draft, Smart may not be the best available player, but then again, depending on how the balls bounce for Utah, he might be. Obviously if Utah gets the 1st pick, there may be a few better choices, but if Utah ends up around #5, I would think they might pick up Smart who could double as a good shooting guard. Particularly if Burks marginalizes himself with more inconsistent play. Anyway, just some more food for thought.

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