KRSN wrote:I'd disagree, the two top PG's at getting to the line in the league - Westbrook and Lowry - are similar to Smart in that they are not pure Point's but are effective at managing the offense. Smart is built similar in that he has the strength and ability to absorb contact at the rim, create and finish. The main challenge with Smart is can he run an NBA offense as a PG? You won't know until you try, and I can see him succeeding if he's under the right coach
Smart following Lowry's path would be a great trajectory for him. Lowry came in with no jumpshot and now he's one of the best shooters in the league. However the thing with Smart and those two guys though is that Westbrook has two more gears in his step that's so rarely attained by players, his explosiveness is just downright unfair. Smart, nor any other point guard aside from a healthy Rose and John Wall have that. And Lowry is really crafty with the ball, he utilizes head fakes and feigns his moves better than any Raptor player I've ever seen. You just never know what he's going to do. Lowry has the reputation of a bulldog but he has a Chris Paul like ability to telegraph what he's going to do, and then just do something else on the stop of a dime.
For the most part I see Smart just taking advantage of lanes that are open to him, not unlike Lowry who creates openings for himself with craftiness.