Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
There isn't a question to ask or red flag to throw. Marcus Smart has it all.
At 6'4'', 225 pounds, he's arguably the most physical guard in college basketball, which should translate nicely to the pro game.
A skilled offensive player, Smart can run the team at the point or take it over as a scorer.
He's got phenomenal facilitating instincts—Smart is a heads-up passer who always makes the right decision with the ball, whether it's hitting the trailer, driving and dishing or freeing up a shooter with a dribble handoff.
But he's also capable of putting points on the board. Smart can get to and finish at the rack, with the quickness to beat defenders off the dribble and the strength to bully them inside.
On the perimeter, Smart has the shot-creating tools of a 2-guard. He can separate with the step back or pull up off the dribble. Once he starts knocking them down with a little consistency, opposing backcourts will simply have to pick their poison—give up the jumper or give up the lane.
Smart is also an impact defensive standout. He takes pride in making opposing point guards miserable, something NBA coaches will drool over when he finally makes the jump.
Smart has the intangibles—competitive drive, basketball IQ, motor—along with the skill set and physical tools.
NBA teams looking for a new floor general will have Smart circled on their draft boards all year long.