Smart is an interesting player. For all of his flopping, he’s actually a very good defensive player. That’s part of why the flopping is particularly annoying with him. He can defend without all of that silliness. On top of that, because he is so strong, he can defend basically any perimeter player.
He’s underrated as a ball handler. He’s a poor shooter, but he isn’t a bad overall offensive player because he is a good passer and has an assist to turnover ratio better than 2 to 1. He’s a really smart player (no pun intended) on both ends of the floor as far as understanding scheme and spacing. If he was a decent shooter, he would likely be in line for a huge contract, but because he’s such a poor shooter, it’s hard to figure where he fits in the modern NBA.
@drgnslayr After leaving the NBA, Smart and Grayson Allen will revive Vaudeville by having an act where Allen trips Smart, Higgins blows a whistle and the audience howls at watching Smart suffer and Allen getting caught. The players will just be the only ones who don’t get that the audience is laughing out of hate, not joy.
Marcus certainly looks as if he’s starting to think less on offense and make plays. Some of the troubles he was having on O earlier in conference season were due to hesitation and a lack of confidence in his shot. Seeing the ball go through the net has to be a huge confidence boost to him.
His defense has been stellar, I cannot remember another freshman under Self that has bought in on defense like him. Defense is a big reason he plays as many minutes as he does.
@JayHawkFanToo Under the present situation in college bb, I don’t see the Squid having much to worry about. That’s a big meal ticket, and the NCAA takes care of their meal tickets. Back to Garrett, this is an excellent write up breaking down Garrett’s play: