Nick Smith

Updated on 6/28/23.  Written by Alan Lu.
2023 rankings were finalized on 6/22/23.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 185
College: Arkansas
Classification: Freshman
Birthdate: 4/18/2004

2023 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 16
Projected Draft Range: Mid 1st Round
2023 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 27 by the Charlotte Hornets

Pros:

Solid scorer off the dribble
Adequate shooter
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate playmaker
Adequate defender
Very good athlete

Cons:

Streaky shooter
Prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Can play too wildly on offense
Tendency to be a ball-stopper on offense
Needs to improve his rebounding
Missed considerable time due to a knee injury

Summary:

Nick Smith is a very athletic combo guard that is projected to go high in the 2023 draft.  He is a jump shooter that can score in bunches, and he also can make impressively athletic plays on both sides of the ball.  However, he can tend to take a lot of questionable shots that can hurt his shooting percentages, and he plays a ball dominant style that can stifle the flow of the team’s offense. He is a high-risk, high-reward prospect that could be a lottery pick in 2023.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
ESPN’s Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft
Bleacher Report’s Article on Smith Entering the Draft

Games Scouted:
3/29/22 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game
4/8/22 2022 Nike Hoops Summit
4/15/22 2022 Jordan Brand Classic
12/10/22 Arkansas vs. Oklahoma

If you use any portion of this material, please credit NBA Scouting Live.

NBA Scouting Live
error: Content is protected !!