This is a very interesting read. I have no use for the one and done pipeline. For every Kevin Love, who clearly gave it his all during his one season at UCLA, there is Shabazz Muhammed or Jrue Holiday, who were biding their time until they could go pro.
One point in the article is that the longer you stay in school, the more the holes in your game get exposed. So your draft position becomes more about what pro teams know you can do, instead of about potential and what those same teams hope you can do.
By staying in school, Smart now has to jockey for position against a crop of new "unknowns" (i.e. players who have great potential but have not had time to display the holes in their game). These "unknowns" were not in last year's draft (when Smart would have been a lottery pick). And the 4 unknowns listed in the article- Dante Exum, Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine.
Yes, the same Zach LaVine who fights for minutes against Bryce. What is wrong with this picture?
In any event, an interesting read.