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2014 NBA Draft: Marcus Smart Believes People Misconceive His Character

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Marcus Smart is considered one of the best point guards in this draft class. Many believe he would have been a top-3 pick in last year’s draft had he decided to come out, but he stayed an extra year at Oklahoma State to improve his game.

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The extra year may have hurt him in some eyes, however, especially after an incident during the season in which Smart shoved a fan at Texas Tech. It because of this situation that Smart had an easy response when asked by Serena Winters what people’s biggest misconception of him is:

My character. Everybody thinks that because of that incident (shoving a Texas Tech fan) I’m a bad guy, I’m a thug. If you really understand me, you know that my character is one of the best characters that you can have and it won’t change. That little incident didn’t affect how I am as a person.

Smart definitely came under heavy fire after the incident with many calling his character into question. Though he has fought to improve his reputation, Smart will continue to be questioned about the incident by every team who interviews him.

Smart is known as fiery and passionate, characteristics that are praised on the basketball court, but must be kept in line. Smart by all accounts is a good person, but one bad incident harmed his reputation to the fans.

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The best thing Smart can do to make people forget is to come in the NBA and be great from the moment he steps on the court. Once that happens, Smart’s character won’t come under scrutiny.
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  • The New Marty Blake

    Marcus Smart is the best pre draft rookie the Lakers have worked out in 2 decades.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      I actually love players like Smart.. Fiery, and doesn’t back down from any challenge…. if Lance Stephenson can be pried out of Indiana… that would be something…
      Smart
      Lance
      Kobe
      Hill
      Gortat

      That’s 5 BAD defensive BOYS for you, with Kobe leading the way on offense.

  • Fernando Duran

    Lakers please draft Marcus Smart is he’s available at #7. This guy will give you 110% effort and play every game like its his last. His winning attitude will mesh well with Kobe. He can learn a lot from both Nash and Kobe. He already has a post game and can only get better being on the Lakers. In a league that is dominated by point guards he plays excellent defense. He averaged 3 steals in college. As soon as he steps on the floor for a WINNING franchise his “attitude” will be gone like it happened with Metta World Peace. These are all qualities that Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh, or Julius Randle won’t give you. If the Lakers pass on this guy at #7 if he’s available they WILL regret it.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Agree… Kobe loves players who competes every single time and who doesn’t shy away from confrontation.

    • Tune

      I think Exum, Smart, and Gordon will give 150% every night.

    • nlruizjr

      I agree with you except for the last statement, you don’t know those last 3 well enough to make a false statement like that, I believe that those 3 are just as fiery as Marcus but being fiery doesn’t necessarily make you a good basketball player and until we see the qualities of Marcus Smart (if, if we get him) I wouldn’t count on him as a messiah, just yet !!!!!

  • halifax

    Dave McMenamin ✔ @mctenFollow
    The Lakers put Marcus Smart and Tyler Ennis against one another in the workout. Ennis: “That’s definitely a way to show competitiveness”
    12:09 PM – 4 Jun 2014

  • Gary

    How was the Marcus Smart portion of the workout?Did he do good?

  • VillainKing

    Marcus Smart Lakers must draft him..

  • Ken Cheng

    Twenty-two years ago, the Lakers drafted Anthony Peeler. There were questions about Peeler’s character at the time because of some minor trouble he got into with the law during his college days. Peeler didn’t cause any problems when he was a Laker and was an important contributor during the years between the end of Showtime and the arrival of Shaq/Kobe.

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