2014 NBA Draft: Marcus Smart Interviews, Expects Workout With Lakers

2014 NBA Draft: Marcus Smart Interviews, Expects Workout With Lakers


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One of the more polarizing players in the NBA draft is Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart. A likely top-three pick last year had he decided to come out, Smart returned to Stillwater to improve his game.

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Unfortunately, there were mixed results for Smart and an incident with a fan marred the season. Nonetheless, the Lakers are still in need of a point guard for the future, and according to the LA Daily News’ Mark Medina, they are looking at Smart:

Smart reminds many people of a young Russell Westbrook. His size, athleticism, defensive ability, and passion are all similar to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Smart is also still learning the point guard position and is more of a scorer than a distributor.

The Lakers do already have a couple of options at the point guard position. Kendall Marshall can be brought back for cheap, and Jordan Farmar has spoken numerous times about wanting to remain in Los Angeles. Neither of them, however, offer the upside of Smart.

Smart needs to improve his shooting as he is very inconsistent at this time, but if the Lakers end up staying at the sixth pick or move back, Smart would be an excellent addition.

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The team will be looking at a number of options, as evidenced by their interview of Rodney Hood yesterday, and who they end up taking will have a lot to do with where they end up after the lottery takes place.

  • iDontCare

    We need Exum or Smart.

    • vdogg

      yes! exum…

    • JohnSmith00

      For the love of god can you people please stop this already. Exum is not going to happen at the very least it’s extremely unlikely. The Lakers can only place 1-2-3 or 6-7-8 in the lottery, Exum is projected to go 4-5. If the Lakers get into the top 3 they are not going to overlook the possibility of Wiggins; Parker or Embiid for Exum.

      Not to mention from some of the rumors I’ve read out there teams like Philly, Boston and Orlando are going to take a strong look at him, these are teams that are likely to draft higher than the Lakers. Meaning if the Lakers draft 6 or higher the chances of him being taken in the 6-9 spot is almost zero.

      • Zimmeredge

        Players can express their feelings too though and if a player is willing to screw things up (workouts, physical tests, interview) and express no will to play in philly, or somewhere else… There’s not reason those franchise will draft unwilling player. Kids have many weapons to hurt their draft stock. Embiid, wiggins and Parker are top 3 no matter what they do. That´s why they are not present in Chicago. After those three…. Well it’s open bar. Not to mention that with Lakers and celtics in top 10 this year being drafted by the Lakers or the celtics worth as much as being #1 overall

      • Jim213

        Exum may be out of the picture but forget Smart and give Zach Lavine a camp invite along with Rodney Hood and Patrick Young if looking to trade down.

  • Will

    I’d love if Smart joined. He has a lot of work to do but he can lead, defend and he’s passionate about the game. Things that every PG needs. He just needs someone to smooth his edges and helps his decision making.

  • Jonah

    Marcus Smart is a great young man with wonderful traits and a winning attitude.Marcus has the strength and length to be a dominant Point Guard in the NBA.Great player and his defense is a thing of legend drawing comparison to the Glove Gary Payton on defense.On offense Marcus Smart is compared to Dwayne Wade and James Harden also his passing is compared to Jason Kidd.Yes this would be a great choice for the Lakers.

    • LAstory

      Though Smart is a good player, Payton was a lockdown defender I watched EVERY game that Marcus played he isn’t… he isn’t the offensive score Harden is from the outside nor the offensive savvy that DWade has even in his Rookie year… not a true point decent passer, not good definitely not great… he’s a project but he is more Lillard which is not bad, wouldn’t mind him on the Lakers.

      • Rodger J Scarbeck

        Not a lockdown defender? He was the best defender in college the last 2 years… nobody can defend all 5 positions like he could…His shooting hand was also injured for a lot of games… which may explain a lower 3pt percentage (but not his shot selection) … he would shake hands at the end of the games with his left hand

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I love the idea of drafting Marcus Smart the Lakers need tough minded players to lead this proud franchise back to prominence.It is vital for the Lakers to draft Marcus Smart IMO.Unless we move up to 1,2,3, then it’s Marcus Smart for Lakers.

  • VillainKing™

    Marcus Smart or Dante Exum either of the two I will be happy to be draft in Lakers..

  • VillainKing™

    Marcus Smart is a monster he is a very big point guard with full of potential to become a great player in NBA..

    • LAstory

      Marcus is only 6’2 maybe 6’3 with shoes… Steve Nash is 6’3 without shoes and Kendall Marshall is 6’4 without shoes… so he isn’t a “big” point guard Michael Carter Williams is a big point guard… Marcus is 225 though so he is stalky built more like Derek Fisher same height , wt…

      • VillainKing™

        compare the muscle build of Marshall and Nash in Smart muscular build who is bigger and larger body.?and who is stronger?

        • LAstory

          As I said Smart is stalky and is built like Fisher.. he’s 6’2 and 225 yes he’s bigger, stronger but still doesn’t have point guard skills, very very inconsistent outside game, sometimes lazy on team defense and too short to play 2 guard… he’s a project… needs a lot of work…

          • VillainKing™

            Are you sure what the fuck are you talking Smart lazy on defense I know he need a lot of work in his game but his nature is competitiveness and his motor on the game willing to win his primary strength..Marcus Smart is hard working guy on the court his perimeter defense is so underrated..and Marcus Smart said that he will play point guard in NBA not a 2..

          • LAstory

            Not need for foul language bro, I said team defense… not on ball defense… I never questioned his competitiveness, his motor or his willingness to win (leadership). Smart has to play pg, he’s too short to play the 2, what I am saying he has a lot of work to do, a lot… to be a pg in the NBA, that’s not saying he can’t or he won’t… I’m not saying that he wont be an all-star… and yes Marcus is lazy playing team defense, he sells out a lot on team D and it put the other guys in trouble trying to recovery… it can be fix, he just has a lot of work to do.

          • VillainKing™

            I seen Marcus Smart play bro and i did not saw him playing a lazy team defense..he is one of the hardworking guys playing in the court..

  • KB24

    My top 9 are embiid,wiggins,parker,exum,randle,vonleh,smart,gordon,hood,we will land 7-9 if some of the teams under the lakers go high against them,my prediction will be lakers,orlando,mil,phi,jazz,cel,sac

  • independentbynature

    Lakers need a big so much worse than a guard.