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If you're a believe in the "it" factor, then Marcus Smart is your guy.
He's not the deadliest scorer you'll ever see, but Smart led his high school team to two state championships and guided team U.S.A. to gold at the Under-18 FIBA Americas Championship.
Some see a coincidence, I see a pattern.
Smart is a strong 6'4'' guard with a mature NBA body and disciplined mindset. He's got an uncanny ability to make his teammates better by doing the simple things, like freeing up a shooter with a dribble handoff or making an entry pass in the post that leads to an easier scoring angle for a teammate.
Smart's poise and composure could be used in many lineups, most noticeably the Sacramento Kings, who have talent across the board without anyone to direct it.
The Kings dress about 28 guards who all think shoot-first or are incapable of facilitating an offense. Marcus Smart would thrive in a role where he can orchestrate first and score second.
There aren't many starting point guard positions available, but Smart should fill one of them by next season.