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2014 NBA Draft

2014 NBA Draft
Pick Team Player Jeff Eisenberg Commentary
Round 1
6 (6) Boston Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart
PG
Height:
6-4
Weight:
220
School:
Oklahoma State
TSX Rank:
4

Even though Smart shoved a fan, earned a reputation as a flopper and failed to lead his team to a single NCAA tournament victory this past season, the Oklahoma State guard's decision to return to school for his sophomore year really didn't hurt him. He still went nearly as high as he would have last June despite the draft being much deeper and stronger. What makes Smart worthy of a high pick is his strength, quickness, smothering defense, leadership and ability to attack the rim. He isn't a pure point guard and he doesn't shoot as well from the perimeter as most wings, but he'll work hard at turning those weaknesses into strengths. Plus, it's unfair to say he doesn't have a position, considering he can defend either guard spot. MARC J. SPEARS' DRAFT PICK: B

17 (17) Boston James Young
James Young
SG
Height:
6-6
Weight:
215
School:
Kentucky
TSX Rank:
17

Maybe Young will continue to blossom as a prospect, but right now he's fairly one-dimensional. He's a shooter – and not nearly as consistent as some of the other wings in this draft. In his lone season at Kentucky, Young shot a modest 35 percent from behind the arc and required time and space to get his feet set. He rebounded decently and showed an ability to get to the rim going left, but he is a poor passer and doesn't put in sufficient effort on defense to consistently stay in front of his man. The good news with Young is that he has the raw ability to become a starting-caliber NBA shooting guard if he makes strides in some of the areas he's deficient. He'll need to work harder than he did at Kentucky. MARC J. SPEARS' DRAFT GRADE: B