Sunday, January 8, 2017

Javonte Smart NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-4 - Point Guard - LSU

A big, quick and crafty point guard who has great handles and superior play-making ability.

Pros
Has ideal size for the position and an NBA body. He's big, strong and has top level burst and quickness. Athletically he can hold his own against NBA level athletes and he has a chance to become a special player at the PG position.

Smart is very crafty with the ball and has great ball-handling ability. He has a quick first step to blow by defenders and a super quick crossover... breaking ankles on his drives to the basket. He's at his best when he's driving and dishing or taking it all the way to the rim and he's very difficult to stop in the open court.

Uses his size well to shield off defenders and can play with his back to the basket and punish smaller PGs in the lane. His strength is evident in the way he finishes through contact and in his ability to score in the lane against taller defenders.

Cons
His outside shooting is still a work in progress and he needs to improve from three point land, from mid range and with his shot selection. He's got ok but not great form on his jumper and his release point is a bit too low.

Comparisons
A PG version of Dion Waiters or a stronger Reggie Jackson. Marcus Smart.

Projection: lottery to mid first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft