NBA Draft: Taking a look at where OSU's Marcus Smart could end up

The news that Joel Embiid is having foot surgery made things even more complicated for what figures to be a crazy draft. Here’s a look at what the future might hold for former Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com Published: June 24, 2014


photo - Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) goes to the basket between Texas Tech's Toddrick Gotcher (20) and Jaye Crockett (30) during the Big 12 tournament college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Oklahoma State won 80-62. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) goes to the basket between Texas Tech's Toddrick Gotcher (20) and Jaye Crockett (30) during the Big 12 tournament college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Oklahoma State won 80-62. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker? It’s anyone’s guess.

Marcus Smart or Dante Exum? Scouts and experts alike are divided.

Take Joel Embiid or stay away? That’s the million-dollar question.

But if there’s one thing most agree on regarding the 2014 NBA Draft, it’s that it figures to be the craziest in at least a decade.

Matters got even more complicated early this week when news broke that Embiid, who starred in one year at Kansas, was having surgery on his right foot and will need four to six months to recover. As for former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, the possible landing spots are numerous.

Here’s a look at where Smart could end up in Thursday’s NBA Draft:

Philadelphia at No. 3: Assuming Wiggins and Parker are the top two picks in some order and if the 76ers don’t want to gamble with Embiid, it could be between Smart and Australian point guard Exum to go at No. 3. Most experts are higher on the speedy Exum. And yes, Philadelphia has Michael Carter-Williams at point guard, but Smart’s NBA stock appears higher as a combo guard rather than a pure point.

Orlando at No. 4: There are a couple of ways Smart could end up in Orlando: If Philadelphia takes Exum at No. 3 and the Magic want to steer clear of Embiid, Smart is the clear-cut favorite to fill the Magic’s immediate need at point guard. Or, if the Sixers do take Embiid, the Magic could choose Smart over Exum. Orlando likely would have taken Smart at No. 2 last season had he not returned to school. The marriage could work out, just a year later than expected.

Boston at No. 6: If Exum and Embiid are both taken in the top four, Boston could be the most likely landing spot for Smart, who has not worked out for the Utah Jazz at No. 5. The Celtics have contemplated moving Rajon Rondo, and they’re also confident Smart could play in the same backcourt (possibly off the bench) as Rondo and Avery Bradley if needed. Smart would fall right into Boston’s lap. The catch? Boston might try to trade this pick or opt for a forward such as Noah Vonleh, Aaron Gordon or even Julius Randle rather than adding another guard.

Los Angeles at No. 7: If the Celtics go big, Hollywood might be Smart’s new home. The Lakers are in the market to replace point guard Steve Nash, and the possibility of Smart alongside Kobe Bryant just sounds like a nasty backcourt combo. Again, the issue becomes that L.A. could also opt to go big (Randle would fit well) and leave Smart falling.

Sacramento at No. 8: If Smart falls to the Kings, it’s likely they’ll pull the trigger and give Smart a chance to supplant Isaiah Thomas at point guard. Interestingly, Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears predicts the Kings will take Louisiana-Lafayette point Elfrid Payton over Smart. Payton’s stock has been on a late rise, and he fits the pure point mold better than Smart, though Smart is widely considered the better prospect.

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