It looked like former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart had a chance to be among the top five or picks in the 2013 NBA Draft. In fact, many outlets reported the Orlando Magic, who had the second overall pick (and selected former Indiana Hoosiers’ guard Victor Oladipo), were very interested in Smart.
Instead, Smart returned to school to the surprise of many.
Although he will not be a top two pick in the 2014 draft, he still is a highly sought after prospect and has the attention of many different clubs.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, Smart met with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors Thursday.
Marcus Smart has met with the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 15, 2014
The Lakers, who need a young point guard, would make a lot of sense for Smart.
Smart is considered the sixth-best prospect in the draft according to Draft Express. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game last season.