2018 NBA Draft Player Profile: Zhaire Smith
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By DLC_Jazz

Zhaire Smith is a versatile wing that played one season at Texas Tech and averaged 11.3 points and 5 rebounds per game. He is more of an “off the ball” guard who is also a pretty good defender, being named an honorable mention for the Big 12 all defensive team. The really impressive numbers come when you look at his 3 point shooting at 45% (albeit a small sample size) and an eFG% at 58.8%. Those numbers are very impressive number for a guard and could make Smith a niche player with a very long career in the NBA at the very least. With that being said, he also could have a fairly large role on a contending team with the right work ethic and development.

Data courtesy CBB at Sports-Reference.com.

Data courtesy CBB at Sports-Reference.com.

Data courtesy CBB at Sports-Reference.com.

I think a player like Smith could be an excellent fit as a 2/3 backup to Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio. I think if he continues to develop and reach his full potential, I think he could eventually start next to Donovan Mitchell. While watching college highlights of him he reminds me a little bit of Klay Thompson. Now obviously that is a lofty comparison and not fair to expect that, but I think if Smith has the work ethic that he could become very good in his own...



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