Smush Parker

Not in any ranking or draft
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Position: PG/SG
High School: Newtown High School (New York)
Hometown: New York, NY
AAU: Aim High
College: Fordham
Current Team: Fordham
Win - Loss: 18 - 5


NBA Scouting Reports, Pacific Division (Part One)

Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Jul 31, 2008, 06:33 pm
Overview: A guard who can a complimentary backup when he is allowed to freelance. Pretty tall for the point guard position. Built athletically, and shows good speed and quickness for his size. Has never really fit any system he’s played in all that well due to his desire to play his way. Shoots the ball pretty well from the perimeter, but definitely falls in love with it excessively. Can take his man off the dribble and finish at the cup. Sometimes dribbles himself into trouble leading to turnovers. Doesn’t do much more than set up the offense as a point guard. Can create some shots for others, but tends to look for his own. Solid defender when he wants to be. Quick hands on the defensive end. Spent time at Southern Idaho JC before playing two seasons at Fordham. Had a decent collegiate career. Played overseas, in the minors, and with a few NBA teams before catching on with the Lakers in 2006. May be headed back overseas for now. Miami surely regretted signing him. Still needs to learn to work in a system to have success moving forward.

Offense: Not really a point guard, and not really a shooting guard. Gets most of his offense from spot up opportunities, with another large portion coming from pick and rolls. Doesn’t play a very efficient brand of offense. Displays a solid jumper, but his shot selection, footwork, and consistency leave a lot to be desired. Will knock down open jumpers with range out past the three point line, but isn’t an ideal catch and shoot guy. Takes most of his jumpers off the dribble, but doesn’t get enough separation to warrant it. Shot-selection… Tends to drive right quite a bit more than left, and seldom takes the ball to the rim to draw contact. Doesn’t get to the free throw line at a high rate, and shoots a mediocre percentage once there. Needs to learn how to use his dribble to get to the bucket. Very solid ball handler. Can get a bit flashy at times. Will make some good passes, but his lack of discipline often hurts his distributing abilities offensively.

Defense: A decent defender whose effort level depends on his mood. Won’t bring a lot to the table when things aren’t going his way. Shows the quickness required to guard all three perimeter positions. Won’t spend many minutes defending small forwards. Isn’t very good at containing taller players. Will get a hand up when his man tries to take him one-on-one, but isn’t going to make a lot of plays rotating to the ball from the strong side. Average rebounder.