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What is the fascination with Marcus Smart?

I'm curious as to what is the fascination with Marcus Smart? I get that he's a big strong Point Guard and that he plays defense but couldn't you just draft a defensive specialist guard in the 2nd round for that? He acts more like a shooting guard that puts pressure on the defense by getting to the foul line a lot. However, he doesn't shoot the ball well (29% from College 3 Point line), he doesn't pass the ball well (4.7 Assists per game), has a low A/T ratio (1.8 Assists per Turnover) and has a Hero ball mentality at times.

I understand that he's intense and that people say he has leadership qualities. However, his intensity got him into trouble with a chair and a fan (Ron Artest like). His leadership got him bounced in the first round of the NCAA tournament in both his freshman (5 seed lost to 12 seed Oregon) and sophomore (9 seed lost to 8 seed Gonzaga) years.

Supposedly Marcus Smart has great intangibles and is a great interview but I don't see that translating onto the court in terms of production and winning.

For comparison's sake, I included his Sophomore numbers along with the Sophomore numbers of some other noted Point Guards along with Trey Burke's.


xTrey
Burke

Career2012-13 (So)2011-12 (Fr)
xMarcus
Smart

Career2013-14 (So)2012-13 (Fr)
xDeron
Williams

Career2004-05 (Jr)2003-04 (So)2002-03 (Fr)
xChris
Paul

Career2004-05 (So)2003-04 (Fr)
xRussell
Westbrook

Career2007-08 (So)2006-07 (Fr)



Bio Bullet_delete
Height 6-0 6-4 6-3 6-0 6-3
Weight 190.0 220.0 210.0 175.0 189.0
Position Guard Guard Guard Guard Guard
Home State Texas North Carolina California
Current Age N/A N/A 29 29 25
Playing Time Bullet_delete
Team Games 39
34
33
33
39
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Scoring Bullet_delete
Games Played 39
31
30
32
39
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Games Started 39
31
29
31
34
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Minutes 1378 (3)
1014 (442)
1017 (160)
1069 (106)
1318 (4)
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Min Per Game 35.333 (87)
32.71 (293)
33.9 (167)
33.406 (416)
33.795 (335)
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Minute Pct 87.4 (74)
72.9 (643)
76.4 (425)
79.7 (589)
84.2 (294)
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Possessions 640.0 (5)
532.0 (51)
404.212 (208)
445.0 (114)
484.0 (109)
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Possession Pct 28.9 (151)
30.1 (42)
24.4 (353)
23.1 (879)
22.5
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Scoring Bullet_delete
Points 727 (10)
557 (130)
420 (278)
488 (143)
497 (189)
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Pts Per Game 18.641 (40)
17.968 (89)
14.0 (304)
15.25 (346)
12.744 (717)
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Points Per 40 21.1 (93)
22.0 (87)
16.5192 (606)
18.3 (612)
15.1
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Offensive Rating 121.2 (93)
110.3 (698)
111.3 (332)
122.9 (222)
110.2 (748)
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Shooting Bullet_delete
FG Made 259 (4)
163 (279)
147 (274)
143 (324)
182 (149)
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FG Att 560 (5)
386 (200)
360 (185)
317 (324)
391 (160)
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FG Pct 46.3 (438)
42.2 (820)
40.8 (523)
45.1 (901)
46.5 (759)
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FT Made 133 (108)
182 (37)
59 (777)
156 (27)
107 (222)
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FT Att 166 (153)
250 (29)
75 (937)
187 (61)
150 (206)
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FT Pct 80.1 (193)
72.8 (576)
78.7
83.4 (288)
71.3 (861)
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Free Throw Rate 29.6 (770)
64.7 (95)
20.8 (964)
58.9 (204)
38.3 (643)
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3pt FG 76 (101)
49 (434)
67 (143)
46 (425)
26 (971)
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3pt FG Att 198 (109)
164 (266)
170 (180)
97 (678)
77 (979)
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3pt FG Pct 38.4
29.9
39.4 (132)
47.4
33.8
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Effective FG Pct 53.0 (367)
48.5 (844)
50.1 (644)
52.3 (798)
49.8
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Floor Pct 55.5 (277)
53.6 (644)
48.7 (895)
57.3 (308)
54.1 (535)
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Shot Pct 28.3 (162)
27.2 (237)
24.7 (439)
20.2
21.4
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True Shooting Pct 56.8 (335)
55.1 (613)
53.0 (722)
60.1 (366)
53.7
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Rebounds Bullet_delete
Rebounds 124 (994)
183 (414)
97
144 (571)
153 (597)
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RPG 3.179
5.903 (373)
3.2
4.5
3.923
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Off Rebs 21
44 (781)
14
22
61 (393)
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Off Reb Pct 1.8
5.0
1.6
2.3
5.8
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Off Rebs Per Game 0.538
1.419 (751)
0.5
0.688
1.564
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Def Reb Pct 8.7
14.8 (793)
9.6
12.3
8.4
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Def Rebs 103 (695)
139 (292)
83 (818)
122 (279)
92 (801)
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Def Rebs Per Game 2.641
4.484 (257)
2.8 (827)
3.812 (684)
2.359
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Assists, Steals, & Blocks Bullet_delete
Assists 260 (3)
148 (82)
185 (14)
212 (10)
167 (48)
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Assists Per Game 6.667 (12)
4.774 (64)
6.2 (12)
6.625 (22)
4.282 (172)
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A/T Ratio 3.0 (11)
1.8 (282)
2.5 (22)
2.4 (89)
1.7 (318)
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Assist Pct 37.2 (22)
30.0 (77)
34.8 (30)
33.8 (117)
24.3 (460)
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Steals 62 (64)
89 (5)
31 (672)
76 (20)
63 (46)
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Steals Per Game 1.59 (168)
2.871 (3)
1.0 (717)
2.375 (128)
1.615 (441)
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Steal Pct 2.8 (456)
5.0 (7)
1.8
3.9 (287)
2.9 (657)
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Blocks 20 (515)
18 (645)
9 (958)
1
7
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Blocks Per Game 0.513 (676)
0.581 (630)
0.3
0.031
0.179
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Block Pct 1.5 (992)
1.8 (879)
0.9 (986)
0.0
0.5
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Turnovers & Fouls Bullet_delete
Turnovers 86 (197)
82 (184)
75 (322)
89 (123)
96 (125)
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TOPG 2.205 (471)
2.645 (161)
2.5 (365)
2.781 (758)
2.462 (981)
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Turnover Pct 13.4
15.4
18.5
20.0
19.8
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Fouls 73 (855)
91 (402)
68 (937)
82 (370)
93 (238)
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Fouls Per Game 1.872
2.935 (324)
2.3 (970)
2.562
2.385
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Plus/Minus Bullet_delete
Plus Minus Games 34 (25)
23



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Plus Minus 415 (9)
290 (67)



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+/- Avg 12.2 (69)
12.6 (14)



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Roland 375 (17)
238 (113)



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Roland Avg 11.0 (97)
10.3 (55)



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Plus Minus Win Pct 85.3 (120)
71.7 (262)



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Clutch Games 10 (502)
9



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Clutch Seconds 2808.0 (228)
2055.0 (840)



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Clutch Plus Minus -2
-15



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Clutch Roland 10 (449)
-14



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Clutch Win Pct 45.0
38.9



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xTrey
Burke

Career2012-13 (So)2011-12 (Fr)
xMarcus
Smart

Career2013-14 (So)2012-13 (Fr)
xDeron
Williams

Career2004-05 (Jr)2003-04 (So)2002-03 (Fr)
xChris
Paul

Career2004-05 (So)2003-04 (Fr)
xRussell
Westbrook

Career2007-08 (So)2006-07 (Fr)

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