8. DETROIT PISTONS Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State: Smart’s stock took a hit in his sophomore season thanks to a suspension and his continued inability to make jumpers. But scouts still love his intangibles, for the most part, and the combo guard probably won’t slip farther than this. (Previous: 8)
Wouldn’t be a bad choice, right?
The Pistons’ draft possibilities are going to change 1,001 times between now and June, but if the draft were tomorrow and Marcus Smart was picked, that’s not a bad start. The team needs talent, period. Smart’s definitely got his fair share of flaws — shooting, perhaps attitude — but he’s a very versatile guy.
Maybe the best part about Smart is that he appears to actually care. Like, he gives a crap whether his team is winning or losing. The Pistons need a guy, whether it’s a vet or rookie, who has that kind of never-quit attitude. Watching the playoffs, you can see that the guys playing now are wired a little different.
Really, if the Pistons stick at the No. 8 pick and the new management/coach are looking to upgrade the underwhelming Brandon Jennings/Will Bynum duo at the point, they could have their choice of Smart or Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis.
The other thing to keep in mind, since it isn’t even May yet, is that there’s going to be a player in the next month who SOARS up draft boards. Always happens. Just a player who comes out of nowhere to wow scouts and jump into the top 10. Could Smart re-gain some of his 2013 buzz again? I think that’s reasonable.
He’d look pretty good in Detroit either way.