Re: Draft Day Thread! Let the Fireworks Begin!!
posted at 6/27/2014 2:27 AM EDT
I see a LOT of Smart in DJ.
DJ was a 6'4" comb-guard (listed as a SG) for the first half of his career, averaging 34-35 minutes, 17-18 points, 4-5 rebounds, 3-4 assists and 1-2 steals over a 5 years span age 24-28 before being traded to the Celtics and moved to PG. In those 5 years he was 1st team all-defensive in each one, made 4 all-star games, an All-NBA 1st and 2nd team, oh and was the 1979 NBA finals NBA.
Smart is starting his career at age 20 instead of 22, so if he put together 6-7 years like that at the end of his rookie deal and during his first extension, I think we'd do cartwheels.
DJ took 184 three pointers in those 5 years and made 36 of them! That is 19.5%. Ouch. What is Smart's biggest knock? Shooting. Well, shooting and a confrontational/aggressive personality that rubs some the wrong way.... hey, wasn't that how DJ got himself traded to Boston for pennies on the dollar??
They are both fierce competitors, elite defenders, poor outside shooters and have the size to play both guard positions. DJ gave Magic fits. Smart said today he relishes the challenge of D'ing up LeBron.
He was my 3rd choice after Gordon and Vonleh, assuming Wiggins, Parker, Embiid and Exum were gone. I wanted him BAD the first half of the college season and thought we might not get a high enough pick to land him. I love it.