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Yes he is a "hit." I think most people want an All-Star level player when drafting in the top 8-10 in the draft, but the reality is that those guys are quite rare and some luck plays into who achieves that and who does not.Smart is an All-Star level talent on defense and has really turned out to be a good point guard, which I do not think many of us expected. I was hoping for a Gary Payton type upside but he many never have that offensive skillset. There is still time though, and we now have him during his peak.
Quote from: Csfan1984 on July 20, 2018, 04:54:45 AMHe is slightly above his "floor" of what I felt he could be. So at least he isn't a bust. I don't call that a hit though. A hit at that high in the draft is an NBA all-star level player.Take a look at the list in the post above yours. In a strong draft you can get an all star, in most drafts you'll get a starter if they pan out.
He is slightly above his "floor" of what I felt he could be. So at least he isn't a bust. I don't call that a hit though. A hit at that high in the draft is an NBA all-star level player.
Quote from: rondofan1255 on July 20, 2018, 12:06:34 AMWas Olynyk a hit too? Ask the Heat.
Was Olynyk a hit too?
He was a miss. In a redraft he doesn't go 6 or better and probably doesn't even go in the top 10. He is a fine player and will have a fine career, but whether a draft pick hits or misses depends entirely on the draft and said player's position in the draft (his draft position compared to his re-draft position). In that Smart was a miss.
Quote from: liam on July 20, 2018, 12:11:40 AMQuote from: rondofan1255 on July 20, 2018, 12:06:34 AMWas Olynyk a hit too? Ask the Heat.It's hard to consider a role player a hit at #6. If Tony Allen had been picked at #6 instead of #25, I wouldn't call him a hit.
If you compare Smart with players in his range, he's doing p well3. Embiid4. A. Gordon5. Exum6. Smart7. J. Randle8. Nik Stauskas9. VonlehIf you compare him with all the players drafted (eg Jokic at 41) it starts looking much worse, but I'm OK with our FO not being omniscient.
Getting to training camp in condition to make a difference required work. Eating isn’t nearly as much fun now for Jokic as it was back home in Serbia. Jokic likes flavor in his food, lots of it. And he likes food. Never was that more evident than when he arrived in Denver. He tipped the scales at 291 pounds, and had just turned 20 years old four months earlier. Even if he didn’t get enough touches to put his full game on display in Las Vegas, his size was.But a plan to lose the weight was already in place.
Jokic’s agent, Misko Raznatovic, had designs on pulling him out of the draft. On June 16, Raznatovic even went so far as to tweet that Jokic would not be available to be selected.“Nikola Jokic, 95, withdraw his name from the draft. He will play next year for Mega Vizura!” Raznatovic wrote.