Marcus Smart would have been arguably the best prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft amidst a wishy-washy group of players. Instead, the point guard decided to return for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State. That turned out to be a choice that has been somewhat detrimental to his draft-stock.
However, Smart isn’t going to make the same mistake twice by going back to school for another year. Instead, Smart has announced that he will indeed enter the 2014 NBA Draft. While his decision doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, it does come after somewhat of a tumultuous season for the guard.
Production-wise, Smart was great once again. Playing 32.7 minutes per game (almost a minute less than in his freshman year) Smart increased his production almost across the board as he put up 18 points, 4.8 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game on 42.2 percent shooting from the floor. Though it came in a loss, he also showed a ton of heart in the NCAA Tournament as he tried to will his team to victory with 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
Smart’s season was marred by a couple of things, though. The most notable was the incident that involved him shoving an opposing fan. The fan reportedly said some offensive things, but that doesn’t excuse Smart’s reaction. However, the more curious thing about Smart’s sophomore season was how mightily his team struggled despite the plethora of talent on their roster. That’s certainly not an end-all factor, but it does raise some eyebrows for NBA teams.
By most accounts, Smart is going to be selected in the lottery by one of several teams in need of either a point guard or a dynamic combo-guard. We’ve seen Smart at his best and we’ve seen Smart at his worst. The question now is where in-between those two lies the type of player he’ll be in the NBA. Regardless of that, Smart not going back for another year was definitely the, well, smart move.