A decision like this speaks so very positively to his character. That's a life/sport over finance/fame decision that, unless there's some spurious extenuating circumstance, should be applauded.
Also it makes our 'potential' haul of first rounders next year that much more valuable.
Maybe he loves college, but in the end i think it's a bad move. If you are a top 5 pick, then you need to go. Next years draft will be MUCH deeper. He's probably going to lose a lot of draft spots and money with this move. I could understand if it was the Duncan days because top picks got huge pay days if they were drafted in the top 3. Now, you actually have to play through that first contract before you can get the big bucks. Best to get that clock started soon if you can go that high.
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The only reason I care is that if some teams jumped ahead of us they might have taken him and we don't need him. Chad Ford had 4 of the lottery teams taking Smart with the number one pick on his draft lottery tool. Orlando for example would have most likely taken him if they got the first pick
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Let the CHOsen one get to work!
So we can drop to 5th. Noel and McLemore are more or less safe* picks, Bennett and Oladipo are worthwhile also. One of those 4 should probably be there for us, assuming that Porter, Burke, or maybe Muhammad will get somebody to bite. But if Noel, McL, Bennett, and 'Dipo are off the board, whom should the Bobcats pick?
Alexi Len: Pros- 7' with nice touch, good athleticism for size, polished midrange J. Cons- Gets pushed around, poor defensive awareness, mediocre lateral quickness, developing post game. Million dollar ?: How will he measure out?
Cody Zeller: Pros- Nearly 7', runs like a deer, decent post game with room for improvement. Cons- Plays small, jumps like a moose, short arms, gets blocked a lot. Million dollar ?: How short are those arms, is he really a PF?
Shabazz Muhammad: Pros- Dynamic scoring lefty with impressive range, long arms, and deceptive athleticism. Cons- Selfish, poor lateral quickness/defense, handles are a work in progress. Million dollar ?: Bad attitude? Will he be a better athlete with NBA conditioning?
Otto Porter, Jr.: Pros- Does everything well, good size for 2/3, hustles, efficient. Cons- Thin, not a great athlete, doesn't excel in any particular category. Million dollar ?: Overlap too much with MKG/Taylor? Will his shooting continue to progress?
Trey Burke: Pros: Range/shooting ability, good handle, capable playmaker, clutch. Cons: Not a great athlete along with underwhelming size, league is over-saturated with young PG talent. Million dollar ?: Take as BPA even if he crowds our PG situation?
Kelly Olynyk: Pros: 7' that used to be a guard, good handles and range, good instincts. Cons: Slow, doesn't excel at "big man" categories due to still learning position. Million dollar ?: Short arms? Only an average athlete?
Michael Carter-Williams: Pros: 6'6" PG, good defense, good athlete, shows flashes of playmaking brilliance. Cons: Jumper is a work in progress, can be sloppy with passes. Million dollar ?: Mesh in the backcourt with Kemba?
Dario Saric: Pros: 6'10 point-forward. Cons: Average shooter, not a great athlete. Million dollar ?: Big enough to play PF? Can his shooting progress? Can he rebound at the NBA level?
Steven Adams: Pros: 7' man-child. Good athlete for size, rebounds and blocks well, potential to improve. Cons: Very raw, still learning the game, gets caught out of position on D occasionally. Million dollar ?: Too raw to pair with Biz? Why doesn't he go up stronger in traffic?
*safe as in won't get made fun of by the media