Tourney's top PGs under pressure
March, 21, 2014
By Miles Simon | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Sue OgrockiIn a big game, Marcus Smart knows how to carry the load.Earlier this month, I ranked my top five point guards under pressure: Shabazz Napier, Marcus Paige, Tyler Ennis, Fred VanVleet and Xavier Thames. With the NCAA tournament underway, I would still keep that group as the nation’s best, but there are five more names I'd add to form my top 10.
What other floor leaders do I want with the ball in their hands in a close game? Let’s take a look.
Note: All stats before start of NCAA tournament.
1. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Key stats: 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.8 steals per game
He has found his game again after a three-game suspension. Smart is a matchup nightmare for nearly any team in the NCAA tournament because he’s big and physical and can get into the lane. Most importantly, though, he makes his teammates better. One example is guard/forward Le'Bryan Nash, who has improved in nearly every offensive category thanks to Smart.