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Marcus Smart will be a rock-solid NBA player just based on his defense alone. But his offensive ceiling is questionable, as it's still unclear exactly what role he'll be most effective in.
Though a terrific passer, I'm not convinced he's a point guard—at least not in a full-time, 35-plus-minute role.
Decision-making was an issue for Smart at Oklahoma State, where his assist-to-turnover ratios (averaged at least 2.7 turnovers and less than five assists both seasons) and shot selection (shot below 43 percent each season) were somewhat uninspiring.
And he only operated out of pick-and-roll sets on 21.2 percent of his possessions, while converting only 36 percent of his shots off ball screens, per Matt Kamalsky of DraftExpress.
The fact that he's a poor shooter, despite his unwavering confidence, hurts him at both backcourt positions.
As a point guard, he'll need to capitalize with the pull-up off the dribble. As a 2, he'll need to capitalize as a spot-up shooter off the ball.
But he'll also be fairly undersized as a 2-guard, given that he measured in at 6'3.25" at the NBA combine.
Smart is too tough and skilled to let these issues get the best of him, but they could limit his upside and ultimately cause some playmaking inefficiency.