Updated on 3/14/22. Written by Alan Lu.
2022 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 2
Projected Draft Range: Top 5
Very good shooter
Solid scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Solid shot blocker
Very good athlete
Prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Tends to force the issue too much on offense
Tendency to over-dribble, which can lead to turnovers
Can have lapses defensively
Not an elite shot blocker
Jabari Smith is a very athletic, skilled forward that has a solid set of all-around skills. He can score the basketball in a variety of ways, and he also can guard multiple positions. He may need to improve his ability to read defenses and make plays for others in order to become a more reliable primary scoring option at the NBA level, but at worst, he appears to could wind up becoming a very good second or third option on a contending team. Currently, he is a very talented prospect that could be the top pick in the 2022 draft.
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