He won a Rookie of the Month. He's developed a tolerable three-ball earlier than I thought he would get it. Still not a good shooter by average but if you break it down it was awful in November, good in December and January but then fell off in February and March again. If you're optimistic that's the rookie wall, if you aren't...
. Isaiah Thomas's addition has probably been bad for him statistically because Thomas is so far ahead of him as an offensive player. He better work hard this offseason because once Thomas is fully acclimated to the offense Smart's defensive edge won't be enough to keep him off the bench. In the clutch they get substituted for one another on an offense/defense basis but seeing as Thomas is the team's best scorer Smart is at an overall disadvantage, and as Bradley can also defend at a high level while bringing a more consistent offensive game than Smart Smart's not going to take minutes at the 2 from Bradley. Right now he's a hustler with a big body for a pg and not much else.
He's a combo guard but with Turner out there (and to a lesser extent, Bradley) that's not a real issue for the team but for his own value as a player he needs to either develop as a scoring threat or learn the pg position. Defensive specialist guards have a place in the game but they aren't highly valued.
Overall I wish he was better at penetrating, pg play, or shooting consistently but he's worth the spot he was picked at. Unfortunately that's largely due to how poorly the overall class is playing. The 35.5% overall shooting looks atrocious but 4 of the 7 shots he takes per game are threes so it's a little misleading. If he continues to play this hard his whole career (and if his skills don't develop he better) he'll be a reserve that teams put in when they need to stop a guard.