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Pelicans Acquire Russ Smith In Trade For Pierre Jackson, Here Is A Scouting Report

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The New Orleans Pelicans acquired one player on draft night, trading backup point guard Pierre Jackson to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Russ Smith, the 47th pick in the draft.

Coincidentally, the Pelicans acquired Jackson in last year’s draft with a 2nd round pick they received in a trade with the 76ers.

In 4 years at Louisville, Smith started at point guard, helping lead the Cardinals to the 2013 national championship. At 6’0, 160 pounds, he doesn’t have ideal NBA size.

One of Smith’s best assets is also a worry. He’s extremely aggressive. With elite lateral movement, he attacks the rim with a fearless aggression. In the NBA, a 6’0, 160 point scoring point guard will get banged around. He’ll also have difficulty finishing.

He’s listed as a point guard, but Smith is more of a combo guard. As a 2nd rounder, there’s no guarantee he’ll make the regular season roster, though some time in the D-league could benefit his game.

One asset Smith has over Jackson is his defense. His lateral quickness allows him to stay in front of guards. He leaves Louisville as the school’s all-time steals leader. The one defensive issue, again, is his size.

Smith is extremely tough, but he’ll need to improve his game to not only make the Pelicans roster, but make an impact.

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