Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Could Marcus Smart be 2013's No. 1 pick?
By Joe Kaiser
Before the season started, the big question regarding Oklahoma State freshman point guard Marcus Smart was whether he'd be a "one-and-done." Fast-forward to today, and the better question might be whether he'll be the No. 1 pick of the 2013 draft.
Smart has vaulted all the way up to No. 3 on Chad Ford's Big Board thanks to a monster month of February, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that he'll be the first to hear he's named called in June (assuming that he declares for the draft, that is).
Today, Kristofer Habbas of NBADraftInsider.com joined SB Nation's Jonathan Tjarks for another excellent NBA draft podcast that addressed Smart's chances of going No. 1 overall. Their conclusion? While Smart is talented enough and has the high ceiling to warrant being the first pick, it is probably unlikely unless a team in dire need of a point guard trades up to take him.
The problem is there aren't many of those teams available, and most of the teams projected to draft in the top 10 already have their franchise point guard. Some teams that could be an exception are Orlando, Sacramento, New Orleans, Detroit and Dallas. If any of them end up with the first pick Smart's chances of being the first off the board improve significantly.