jman3134 wrote: Tave wrote:
NL41 wrote:Eric Bledsoe weighed 192 coming out. Smart weighs 227. That's 35 lbs of beef.
Bledsoe also came out a year earlier, and is 3 inches shorter. Their body types are fairly similar.
Piggybacking here: Bledsoe is also an incredibly explosive athlete. Smart struggled to get separation as a slasher in college.
Smart was infinitely more comfortable attacking the basket and beating his man than Bledsoe was (did you watch him at UK?) in college. Hard to tell whether that was due to any athletic advantage on the part of Smart or simply a result of his ball skills being more developed. I have a hunch it's the latter.
Also relevant: Bledsoe peaked as an athlete a couple years into the league. Smart could show a similar jump although he's coming in a little older. FWIW, I think Smart is a freak athlete in his own right, you don't see guys that big and strong with his kind of lateral agility very often. He's fast and springy too.