I'm pretty sure you are over-thinking it at this point. I only skimmed the article but I did like what I read.
Guys who shot well in college had trouble in the NBA for a couple seasons being effcient. If Smart is shooting 40% against players nowhere near as good as NBA players than there is a problem, also he has an assist to turnover ratio of 1.33 as a point guard that is terrible when you are going against inferior competition to the NBA. He definitely needs to develop.
Why are you going on a bashing streak if he's your fave prospect.
He's a much better defender than a lot of those players you compared him to.
His floor is something like an Eric Bledsoe. I don't how people will take that, but I know what Im saying.
I don't know if I am being a Clippers homer here, but when they have both fully developed I don't see Smart being anywhere near as good as Bledsoe, when Bledsoe gets a chance to start elsewhere I really think he will develop into an all-star type point guard.
Since when was the NBA full of great jump shooters who shot great coming out of college? Smart has as much potential as any other 6'4 220lb combo guard who's 19 years old. There's nothing like a player who can impose his will on a basketball game. Picking apart a 19 year olds game while its still developing is weak.
The fact that his strengths are his intangibles should be encouraging considering his intangibles win games. He plays defense and is a more than willing defender, he creates for his teammates, although he is turnover prone, he is a pass first combo guard with a big body, that's a rarity in the NBA. What makes him special is that he is all about winning.
His weaknesses aren't as bad as most are making them out to be. I remember plenty of two/combo guards (D.Wade, Tyreke Evans are just two examples) coming into the NBA who couldn't shoot and developed a respectful outside game. At the end of the day, the NBA is a more wide open game than college which will at first cater to Smart's ability to dribble drive, in which he's shown very good decision making doing already. He won't be played for his J for a while in his rookie season anyway.
That is what scouts do ... they describe the strengths and weaknesses of prospects. It is not unfair to accurately describe a prospect's weaknesses.
I did state that i think he has more potential than any other player in this draft, so its not like i am saying he is a slouch. He's got talent, but he is a risky pick because of his shooting percentage.
Wade did struggle with his jumpshot, but he was a highly efficient player in college. He shot 50% from the floor and 33% from three, as opposed to Smart's 40% and 31%.
And, like i stated in the article, i think Evans is a good comparison for him, even though Evans was more efficient offensively.
He is not a pass-first point guard. He averages 4 assists and 11 shots (not including his 6 free throws each game). Even though i have seen that he sets his teammates up without them finishing. He is not a ball-hog. He is a willing passer, but he is not a pass-first point guard.
I agree with you that the game is more open in the NBA, which will be good for his game.
I also see that low-efficiency players don't get more efficient in the NBA, but they get less efficient.