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PBT Podcast: Draft status of Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart more

Mar 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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A poor outing in the NCAA Tournament and his being benched at the end of the game by Mike Krzyzewski alerted America to what NBA scouts already knew — Jabari Parker doesn’t play defense.

In the latest edition of the PBT Podcast myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio cover bring in Ed Isaacson of to discuss if that hurt’s Parker’s draft status (it doesn’t) as well as other stars eliminated already such as Aaron Craft and Marcus Smart.

Before that, however, there is a brief discussion of NBA injuries — just what is up with Russell Westbrook and what does that mean for Oklahoma City, and what would Marc Gasol being out with a sprained ankle mean for Memphis?

As always, you can listen by hitting play below or  you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

  1. bballhistorian - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    If you ask me, I think players should be in college for 2 years. Why?

    – More time to develop and be ready for the game in all facets (offense/defense)

    – Less hard wear/tear on your body at a very young age = greater chance for a long career

    For ppl saying “what if gets hurt in college”, I think a player like Narlens Noel dispelled that theory. If you are a 5-star high school athlete coming into college and are projected as a lottery pick from early on, you will get drafted, any year you decide to come out, based on your name/reputation alone!

    Im saying all that to say that Jabari should stay one more year. That will really stick a fork in the teams that were trying to tank for him.

    • adamsjohn714 - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Let’s agree that there is a lesser chance you get injured in college basketball (doubt it, and with the medical staffs in the NBA more than likely being superior, but whatever). Let’s say there’s a 2% chance a lottery pick has a serious injury while staying for a 2nd year, but if he was in the NBA he’d have a 10% chance of a serious injury. In scenario 1, he takes little risk and makes guaranteed $0. In scenario 2, he takes more risk and makes guaranteed millions of dollars. So, minimal risk for zero benefit, or slight risk for tremendous benefit? And of course, this is pretending that college is safer than the pros in respect to injuries. I haven’t seen any data on that.

      Perhaps the player does pick up a serious injury. Hopefully the guy’s parents have plenty of money to afford the best medical care possible. The school has little incentive to protect him because an endless supply of free labor is pretty cheap to replace. The guy in the NBA has plenty of money for the best care and to seek multiple opinions. His team has plenty of incentive to protect their multi-million dollar investment.

  2. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Smart looks like a Lance Stephenson clone. High level defender, can do a bit of everything. Primary ball handler for a 2nd unit. Poor shot selection and below average shooter. He will do well if he goes to the right team.

    • adamsjohn714 - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Stephenson is an above average shooter. He’s slightly below average from deep, but makes up for it by not shooting as many 3s as the average SG and being so much better than average from 2 point range.

  3. philtration - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    This is Mike Krzyzewski’s ego getting in the way of the best talent coming out of the draft.
    Give him the ball and turn him loose you idiot!

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