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Nolan Smith PGOF



      I'm not a big fan of the college basketball game.  Not because I don't like it but because it tends to be a sports viewing segment which is sacrificed in the diplomancy over television control between myself and my better half.  And the Blazers are a higher priorty.  Every once in a while I get attracted to watching a college player and will tune to watch them if the're on.  In the past it's been Dwayne Wade or Carmelo Anthony.  This year it was Nolan Smith.  The thing I find unique in those players is they play with an uncanny combination of balance, strenghth, and a confidence that is so infectious that the rest of the team catches it.  Almost like winning is inevitable.  I liked Nolan Smith as a two guard, but I'm specifically talking about his job of filling in at the point.  I know it's a crazy argument since Irving is the projected number 1 and scouts are drolling over him, but I can't help but feel that Duke would have won the title had Smith stayed at the point.  He does everything well with size, quickness, good decision making, and that attribute that is so key balance.  Think Chauncey Billups only Nolan Smith like water will find his own level.  Their are sexier picks who are more explosive in the open floor or who hit more jumpers with a hand in their face, which must be the reason that Smith has dropped to being projected a late first rounder.  But for my money I don't think their is anyone that will be as good as him on the NBA level, when it comes to the ability to mentally right his own team.  If their are questions about his ability, read the scouting report.  Their is literally nothing he doesn't do well.  I assumed that Smith would not be available.  When I read a mock draft this morning, I literally dropped what I was doing to come and write this.  Just one Blazer fan's fantasy that acutally has the potential for reality. 

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