Re: Why Smart was a smart decision
posted at 6/27/2014 4:26 PM EDT
In response to Eldunker's comment:
Many including the Celtics have taken chances on "athletic" players hoping that their game will develop. And they never do. I think Wiggins, like Gerald Green, may never reach his potential. He many never develop court smarts, game savvy and consistency. David Thompson anyone?
Parker is soft. His defense is lackluster. He may never find the intensity and physical dedication to reach his potential.
Embiid may be injury prone and destined to a short disappointing career.
Speaking of Gerald Green, Exum could be a complete immature bust. His ability to defend is virtually unknown.
Gordon can't shoot and may never develop a shot (40% at the line is astoundingly bad for even a CYO player!) I've seen enough of Rondo to require at least adequate shooting skills from my players.
Of the top 10 picks in the draft, Smart may have the most productive NBA career. He is an intense strong consistent athletic leader who can excel on both sides of the court. Questions about his shooting inconsistency are exaggerated. I trust Danny on evaluating shooting talent and his high opinion of Smarts ability to score from the outside (or inside). He was often double teamed. More important, he is the only proven talent of all the picks above. I'm very happy with this pick. Smart will be an entertaining high-energy star and foundation for the Celtics for years to come.
I like the pic but you are crazy to compare Wiggy to Gerald Green. Not even close, sorry. Wiggins WILL be a stud. He has lots of talent that Green does not. Outside of crazy hops I dont see the comparison. Wiggins has an bball IQ, unlike G.G. He can defend unlike G.G., He has a very quick 1st step and loves the game and has a ton of upside. Now if you wanna compare Exxum or say he has bust potential, we agree as he looks soft to me and for a guy who hasnt played yet in the league and has over 10 commercials already, the nba vets will be licking their chops to make his transition even harder than it would have been.
I like Parker as a solid, NBA ready player but he is almost at his ceiling. I compare him to a Caron Butler, Solid tools but will end up a journeyman who could never take it to the elite level.