HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

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If “advanced stats” have yet to demonstrate they’re anything more than trendy in the NBA, they’re part of the countdown to Thursday’s draft. Not that the numbers have been wiggy but they are to mainstream NBA thought what the Marx Brothers comedies were to the 1930s. “They literally have Marcus Smart as the best player in this draft,” says an Eastern Conference GM, who, along with 29 other teams, doesn’t have Smart in his top three. Forbes.com

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It’s possible that things could work out just fine for Smart in the end, having only sacrificed a year’s salary last year and a couple of draft spots. And he got a year of being a college student out of the deal. “I got to enjoy things,” Smart said. “I was the first person in my family to go to a D-I college. It was interesting to me, being able to spend another year at college, it intrigued me a lot. "I just wanted to enjoy my life before I entered the NBA, the professional part of it, the business aspect of it. A lot of people don’t understand that. The NBA is more than just what you see in the playoffs and the Finals, there is a lot of business that goes into it.” Sporting News

Smart understands the criticism of his decision to return to school, but he said that most people can’t comprehend that he never really had a chance to be a kid. Growing up just south of Dallas, Smart said his neighborhood was so dangerous it sometimes resembled a war zone. He also lost an older brother to cancer 10 years ago. While, for most prospects, there is much anxiety as we head into the final days before the NBA draft, Smart remains calm. He’s dealt with enough leading up to this point. “This is not anxiety,” he said. “I have seen a lot of things that would cause anxiety. This is an opportunity. I am ecstatic about it, I am just taking it all in.” Sporting News

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Orlando Magic executives love Smart's intangibles. They value his leadership, toughness and competitiveness so much that they might select him fourth overall in the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Orlando Sentinel

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Michigan guard Nik Stauskas, who watched yesterday’s workouts along with Randle, will be part of a high level backcourt session today. Gary Harris, Stauskas’ Michigan State rival, will also be on the floor along with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and UCLA’s LaVine. Boston Herald

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