- Jul 7, 2007
Yeah, more than one scouting reports had Marcus Smart as a comp for him coming out of Louisville, with all the concerns being on the offensive end. I remember him owning Dennis Smith Jr in college in a game that really shaped my perception of both players. He, as the kids say, had that dog in him. Now he just dogs it to a pathetic extent. I get that high usage on offense is taxing, but it should never be an excuse for a guy with his tools to be as bad as he is.He's such a weird case. He came out of college with more of a defensive than offensive reputation, and has amazing physical tools. He put Tatum in jail in that memorable 2017 summer league.
And then he's just been a tire fire as a pro. You can talk about offensive load all you want, but his defensive clips are vomit-inducing. And he's been on a really good team with a fairly strong culture throughout this.