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Where is Marcus Smart projected to land in ESPN’s latest mock draft?

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm •  Published: March 26, 2013
Source says not to fret rumors of Marcus Smart wavering on his decision to return to OSU.
Source says not to fret rumors of Marcus Smart wavering on his decision to return to OSU.

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

Say this about Marcus Smart: If he decides to stay another year at Oklahoma State, and some believe that’s a legit possibility, you can chalk it up to a genuine love for his teammates, coaches, school and education.

Because the current monetary lure couldn’t get much sweeter, even with another year (or even three) of basketball seasoning.

In one of the weaker drafts in recent memory, he’s projected high atop the watered down list. We’ve known that for weeks.

But here’s the latest and maybe most definitive example.

ESPN’s Chad Ford, a reputable NBA Draft insider with plenty of connections in the scouting world, released his updated Lottery Mock Draft on Tuesday.

I spun the nifty interactive tool 10 times. Here were Marcus Smart’s destinations, in order:

-1st overall to the Orlando Magic
-2nd overall to the New Orleans Hornets
-2nd overall to the Orlando Magic
-1st overall to the Orlando Magic
-2nd overall to the Orlando Magic
-3rd overall to the Sacramento Kings
-4th overall to the Orlando Magic
-1st overall to the Orlando Magic
-2nd overall to the Orlando Magic
-1st overall to the New Orleans Hornets

Go ahead if you’d like. Give it a try by clicking here.

But overly optimistic OSU fans, don’t expect to suddenly see Smart’s name fall out of the lottery. Or the top five. Won’t happen (unless Smart decides not to declare).

And, for some perspective, here’s what the top five picks from last year received. All money is guaranteed:

#1: Anthony Davis – 2 years, $10.52 million
#2: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – 2 years, $9.41 million
#3: Bradley Beal – 2 years, $8.45 million
#4: Dion Waters – 2 years, $7.62 million
#5: Thomas Robinson – 2 years, $6.91 million

That may not seem like a ton (in relative terms), but it’s just the guaranteed portion of the NBA’s new rookie pay scale.

Club options come into play in years three and four. And, if the teams choose to extend those offers (which they typically do), here’s what could be made from those rookie contracts:

#1: Anthony Davis – 4 years, $23.20 million
#2: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – 4 years, $20.76 million
#3: Bradley Beal – 4 years, $18.65 million
#4: Dion Waters – 4 years, $16.82 million
#5: Thomas Robinson – 4 years, $15.24 million

Because of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which introduced this new rookie pay scale, Smart’s contract would be in the general area of the above numbers, depending upon where he’s selected.

It may not be as lucrative as what some top picks were getting in the past, but it’s still a lot of money to turn down, even if it’s likely to come again in the future.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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