Ford: Magic Would Have Selected Marcus Smart With No. 2 Overall Pick
Travis Ford was asked where Marcus Smart would've been selected in last month's NBA draft.
"Two," Ford answered quickly. "Orlando was picking him no matter what."
Smart has drawn high praise from just about anyone who has ever seen him play.
"I've never been around another player in my whole life -- not when I was a player and not since I've been a coach -- that is able to bring it EVERY SINGLE DAY," Ford said. "I don't care if it's two-a-days, three-a-days or five-a-days. I don't care if it's 6 a.m. I don't care if it's the day after a big win. It's ridiculous. I knew he was a great leader, but it's even been a shock to me. Everybody, at some point, has a bad day in terms of coming ready to play. But he never takes a day off. He comes everyday to win every drill. Everyday. Every drill. I don't care when it is or what it is. Everyday he's ready. It's ridiculous."
Smart was the only college player invited to the USA Basketball’s July minicamp.