Passing up guaranteed millions and risking career ending injury while playing for free is dumb as shite.
So much more to it than just passing up the $$. Like improving and growing up a little more. He has great potential, but there wasn't any real production and def was not efficient as people thought he could be. Barely shot 40% and was a 29% from 3. Sure, he could get hurt. But he will improve by coming back. But everyone in this draft could be hurt at a workout or practice. It's the risk of being an athlete. Can't worry about it.
I mean Porter, Oladipo, Burke, MCW all returned after their freshman year and all drastically improved. If Smart can improve half as much as those others did, he will still be a top 5 player.
Nerlens got hurt in college, he's not going to miss out on any $$.
This is the kids decision and I don't think it's a dumb move at all.
O and eyeryan, Smart is extremely athletic. Had trouble translating it to his game this past year, but he has a very athletic guy with great size for a guard. I think Smart will be very improved next year and still a top 5 guy.
This post was edited on 4/16 at 10:04 pm