Marcus Smart believes he would look good in Los Angeles Lakers purple and gold.
Oh, and their rotation. He thinks he would be a great fit there too.
“They’re looking for a point guard and somebody who can come in and man that team and take control,” Smart said, via the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina. “That’s the type of person I am. I’m a leader and I feel like it would be a perfect fit.”
The Lakers hold the seventh overall pick in this year's NBA draft. Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman has Smart going at No. 6 to the Boston Celtics, so the combo guard is well within Los Angeles' grasp.
But do the Lakers even need Smart?
“We need to bring in players at every position, really,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said last month, per Medina.
Well played, Mitch. Well played.
Nothing and no one is off limits for these Lakers. They're in position to do what they see fit. That could entail drafting for need or selecting the best player available regardless of where he plays. It could even consist of them trading the pick if there's a potential deal out there.
Truthfully, though, the Lakers aren't in dire straights at point guard. They aren't in great shape, and could certainly use an upgrade, but they do have options.
Which draft prospect is the best fit for the Lakers?
Steve Nash is one of three players—along with Robert Sacre and Kobe Bryant—under guaranteed contracts for next season. The Lakers can, and likely will, bring back Kendall Marshall as well. His non-guaranteed pact is worth slightly over $915,000, and through 54 games in Los Angeles last season, he dished out 8.8 assists a night while shooting a surprisingly blistering 39.9 percent from deep.
Adding Smart to the point guard rotation could be considered overkill, especially with the Lakers so bare up front. At No. 7, they have the chance to select forwards such as Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon. By some stroke of luck, Noah Vonleh could also still be on the board.
Yet the beauty of Smart is his ability to man either guard position, as Wasserman points out:
Not fully sold on Marcus Smart as a primary ball-handler/PG, but I am convinced he'll be a defensive terror at either guard position.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 16, 2014
Standing at 6'3" and weighing in at approximately 227 pounds, he has the strength, agility and explosion necessary to be interchangeable at the 1 and 2 spots, allowing him to headline one of those hybrid guard lineups.
Marcus Smart also bench pressed 185 pounds 19 times, tied for 3rd best at the NBA Combine this year. One of best ever among PGs historically— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 16, 2014
With him, the Lakers can play Nash or Marshall at point guard and Bryant at small forward and watch wild offensive fantasies become reality. Throw Kent Bazemore into that five-man rotation, and the team has something special to evaluate through next season.
Of course, before the Lakers start envisioning how to use Smart, they actually have to pick him, which, first and foremost, is up to the six teams drafting ahead of them.
*Salary information via ShamSports.