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Oklahoma State basketball: Weighing the pros and cons for Marcus Smart

Cowboys freshman Marcus Smart is being projected near or at the top of this July's NBA Draft. John Helsley takes a look at the pros and cons of leaving for the NBA.
by John Helsley Published: March 1, 2013

Cowboys freshman Marcus Smart is being projected near or at the top of this July's NBA Draft. Now, he hasn't yet declared that he's leaving Oklahoma State. And he won't decide on his future until season's end.

And those around him insist it's no slam dunk that he'll become OSU's first one-and-done player.

The pros and cons of staying … or going:

Jumping To The NBA

Pro: It's the NBA, the ultimate league and test for any elite basketball player.

Con: Do you really want to play in Orlando, Charlotte or Washington? The Bobcats are 242-455 with one playoff appearance in their 10 seasons; Orlando, now without Dwight Howard, is 16-42; and the Wizards, who have John Wall at the point, have endured five straight losing seasons and last made the playoffs in 2008.

Pro: The money is good. Last year's top pick, Kyrie Irving signed for three years and a guaranteed $16.3 million. The No. 10 pick, Austin Rivers, got three years and $5.9 million guaranteed.

Con: The difference between No. 1 and, say, No. 6 — Damian Lillard last year — is substantial. Lillard signed for two years and $6.27 million. So returning to OSU could actually pay off, if Smart were to move up in the draft.

Pro: With the biggest stage, comes the brightest lights. Television. Highlights galore …

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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