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NBA Draft rumors: Marcus Smart having second thoughts about returning to school?

Could a depressingly weak draft get just a little bit stronger?


Marcus Smart is apparently having second thoughts after announcing he was returning to Oklahoma State earlier this month. At the time of the surprise announcement Smart was ranked by some as a top-3 selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The Detroit Pistons, meanwhile, have the best odds to land the seventh pick. So why is it important to Pistons fans that a player who will be gone long before they make a selection (assuming no lottery luck) might enter the draft? The answer is that after Smart announced his decision a six-player draft became a five-player draft: Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo.

Not good if the Pistons are stuck with the seventh selection. Now, if Smart reverses course and enters the draft, the Pistons have to bank on one team reaching for a lesser player as opposed to two. Those two players could very likely be Burke or Oladipo -- two very good fits for the Pistons.

This is based on just one tweet from for now but it is worth keeping an eye on.