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Marcus Smart is Officially OFF Orlando’s 2013 Draft Radar

2013 April 16
by Brian Serra

smartIn somewhat of a surprise decision, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart has decided to remain in school and will not enter the 2013 NBA Draft. There have been recent reports that Smart was considering delaying a departure from Stillwater, but it still always comes as a surprise when a consensus top-5 draft prospect decides to forgo immediate millions of dollars.

If Smart had left, he was in line as a top-3 pick to make between $19-25M on his rookie contract. Coming out in 2014 (or later) will pit him against the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and more guys that will likely emerge. Although, if Smart can put up similar or better numbers while improving on his weaknesses, there is no reason that he can’t still be a top-5 or top-10 pick next season.

While the easy decision is to be critical of a kid that is passing up the ultimate basketball dream, let’s remember that he is making the tougher choice by returning – one that most of you reading wouldn’t be able to make at 19 years old. Remove the money -no easy task- and I am assuming that most of you wouldn’t mind taking a short trip back (or ahead) in time to your sophomore year in college.

Basketball Gods, please be kind to Marcus and help support this decision with a season of full health!

You can read the now meaningless MBO profile of Marcus Smart here. Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore and Trey Burke remain at the top of the MBO Big Board.

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