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He’s not gonna say anything he’s gonna give you a BS media answer

Might want to read the above tweets about Suns thinking Jalen Smith might be a Jerami Grant type player.
 
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I was talking about James Jones and the contract

I was as well.

If the Suns thought Stix was a Jerami Grant type player it hints at the reason they didn't pick up his option because he is more a 5 right now.
 
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I was as well.

f the Suns thought Stix was a Gerami Grant type player it hints at the reason they didn't pick up his option because he is more a 5 right now.
I don't know of anyone that didn't think of Stix as a likely stretch 4 in the NBA. Slim waist and hips, pencils for legs and only 6'9, that type of body doesn't usually get pegged as a center.
 
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I don't know of anyone that didn't think of Stix as a likely stretch 4 in the NBA. Slim waist and hips, pencils for legs and only 6'9, that type of body doesn't usually get pegged as a center.

That was the projection but Smith was a 5 in college. He may still well transition to a 4 but it doesn't always mean it happens quickly.
 

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That was the projection but Smith was a 5 in college. He may still well transition to a 4 but it doesn't always mean it happens quickly.
He played some center but he was mostly a forward in college, that's why he finished as a finalist for the Karl Malone power forward award. He was primarily projected as an NBA power forward or a stretch 5 by scouts, IOW he was expected to excel on the outside.
 
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He played some center but he was mostly a forward in college, that's why he finished as a finalist for the Karl Malone power forward award. He was primarily projected as an NBA power forward or a stretch 5 by scouts, IOW he was expected to excel on the outside.

I've spent a lot of time on the forum saying Smith can shoot.
 

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I've spent a lot of time on the forum saying Smith can shoot.
I think for Monty the concern was more than just his shot, it was his inability to understand his responsibilities on defense. He was like Booker used to be, never understood when and where to rotate. Of course, Booker finally got it and it looks like Jalen would have too if he'd been given enough time.

But we weren't in in search of a championship so we had the luxury of letting Devin play through his defensive failures. In hindsight I think many of us wish we'd have risked a few more losses to bring Smith along last season but obviously that didn't happen.
 
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I think for Monty the concern was more than just his shot, it was his inability to understand his responsibilities on defense. He was like Booker used to be, never understood when and where to rotate. Of course, Booker finally got it and it looks like Jalen would have too if he'd been given enough time.

But we weren't in in search of a championship so we had the luxury of letting Devin play through his defensive failures. In hindsight I think many of us wish we'd have risked a few more losses to bring Smith along last season but obviously that didn't happen.

Smith is just in his second season so I think not picking up the option on a player that has not played a lot is a mistake.

I know the Suns want him to be a 4 but IMO it's more about hitting on a player in the draft than getting the position right.

He will be easier to trade if the Suns had picked up his option if he disappoints at the 4.
 

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I don't know of anyone that didn't think of Stix as a likely stretch 4 in the NBA. Slim waist and hips, pencils for legs and only 6'9, that type of body doesn't usually get pegged as a center.
But his game was a centers game. He never showed the ability to really take anyone off the dribble. No handles. I think people projected him as a four, but in no way did his game resemble jerami grants who is more a 3-4 tweeter (with a lean to the 3 imo). Even if two players play the same position they can be vastly different. I think it’s obvious (at least to me) that grant and stix weren’t comparable.
 

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Smith is just in his second season so I think not picking up the option on a player that has not played a lot is a mistake.

I know the Suns want him to be a 4 but IMO it's more about hitting on a player in the draft than getting the position right.

He will be easier to trade if the Suns had picked up his option if he disappoints at the 4.
I think everyone on the board agrees with this.
 

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I don't know of anyone that didn't think of Stix as a likely stretch 4 in the NBA. Slim waist and hips, pencils for legs and only 6'9, that type of body doesn't usually get pegged as a center.
Smith is listed at 6’10 and is clearly a legit 6’10 out there.
 

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But his game was a centers game. He never showed the ability to really take anyone off the dribble. No handles. I think people projected him as a four, but in no way did his game resemble jerami grants who is more a 3-4 tweeter (with a lean to the 3 imo). Even if two players play the same position they can be vastly different. I think it’s obvious (at least to me) that grant and stix weren’t comparable.
I never heard him compared to Grant until it showed up here a day or two ago. I heard him compared to Serge Ibaka the most but I also recall hearing NBA comps of Channing Frye, Taj Gibson, PJ Brown, Myles Turner and I'm sure there were others.

I disagree that his college game was really a center's game, he played more forward than center but that was in large part because he didn't really fit either position. He had no post up game, didn't body up well and he was at his best as a help side defender, he had no playmaking or ballhandling skills, he showed a nice touch from midrange and longer but he was never a consistent shooter and so on. In the end, I think scouts just regarded him as an NBA stretch 5 or 4 because his skinny legs and slender hips fit best there.
 

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I never heard him compared to Grant until it showed up here a day or two ago. I heard him compared to Serge Ibaka the most but I also recall hearing NBA comps of Channing Frye, Taj Gibson, PJ Brown, Myles Turner and I'm sure there were others.

I disagree that his college game was really a center's game, he played more forward than center but that was in large part because he didn't really fit either position. He had no post up game, didn't body up well and he was at his best as a help side defender, he had no playmaking or ballhandling skills, he showed a nice touch from midrange and longer but he was never a consistent shooter and so on. In the end, I think scouts just regarded him as an NBA stretch 5 or 4 because his skinny legs and slender hips fit best there.
All the guys listed are better comps than grant. By a shot.
 

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