Marcus Smart will pass on the NBA Draft in favor of returning for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State per AdrianWojnarowski. Smart was viewed as a lock for a top-five selection in a historically weak draft.
While many may ask why he is passing on the chance to make his money now and take the chance at hurting his draft stock, I’ll leave that for those that know him on a personal level. The reasons are not relevant, and while the Sixers would not have a chance at drafting Smart, this does affect the team.
With Smart not on the board, it means everyone not in the top three or five will potentially move up a slot. One less player at the top of the draft means one less player for the Sixers to take a chance on wherever they fall in the lottery.
There are no franchise-caliber players in this draft, but Smart not being available at the top of the draft for teams such as the Orlando Magic, could be the difference between the Sixers getting a solid role player or a bench warmer.