Jun 22

Predraft Workout: Nolan Smith

By sarahhecht Posted in: 2011draft, draft2011
Being a Dukie has it’s perks. One, you’re playing for an NCAA title contending team year in and year out. Two, you’re coached by the best of the best in Coach K. And three, your game is visible all season long. All of these points contribute to scouting and how comfortable an NBA team would feel picking you come draft night.

Nolan Smith, a 6-2 guard out of Duke University, averaged 20.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game in his senior season as a Blue Devil. Stepping in for and injured Kyrie Irving, Smith played a stellar season earning him first-team All-American accolades as well as the title of ACC Player of the year. His high-level playing was visible on the national stage.

“Nolan, I’ve seen him a lot. I saw him last year against the Olympic team and he did a good job playing against those guys,” Head Coach Nate McMillan said. “Duke is on TV probably weekly, so I’ve seen him play a lot and had the opportunity to work with Coach K who is a big fan of his. But he had a good workout today.”

As a skilled combo-guard forced to play more of the point—which he did successfully—Smith’s strong ability to pass defenders and consistent mid-range game that make him stand out.

“Nolan, we’ve seen him for so long, he is just a rock-solid, high-character guy. He’s proven at the college level, he’s improved every year, which we like,” Interim General Manager Chad Buchanan said. “He can score it, good defender. That was kind of his identity coming into college, was a defensive guard and he’s evolved into a pretty good offensive player as well.”


  1. Miss Sarah:

    Every time you show the results of players that worked out for us you give a tremendous up side to them, As being unfamiliar with his game, how does he rank with others that we can get. Would he be available as a 51 pick? You have Faried at 21 and I have Vucevic on your upside report, did you throw me a curve ball LOL?

    Anyway he sounds like the more then ready back-up to Dre then what we have now. I am not ready to give up Dre yet. Of course I know that is not my choice to make.

    I thank you kindly for the update, Do I change my pick t Nolan or do I stay with a big? Do you think he is one of the chosen 5 or somebody that can kick off one of the chosen 5? This is a 21 question post and I must be running deep into it.

    Keep them coming Miss Sarah

    by Hg on 6/22/2011 10:08 AM
  2. @HG, hahaha. These predraft workout reports are of the guys that we've brought to Portland to workout. We bring a bunch, but we can only pick twice so not all of them are going to make it. And that's if we don't make any drastic changes like moving up and down in picks or trades.

    As for my opinion, if we maintain the 21st pick and Faried is available I hope we go with him :)

    by sarahhecht on 6/22/2011 10:17 AM
  3. Miss Sarah:
    I would probably go with Faried if you hadn't picked him {:>)I---I (man with bow tie can't you tell). Actually, I figured Faried would be gone before Vucevic, so I went with Vucevic. but either of the two would be great for our need.

    by Hg on 6/22/2011 10:37 AM
  4. i am a big duke fan and watched all the games he is a must keep for us he is a great player and will fit in good with the blazers

    by Raymond Meek on 6/23/2011 7:03 PM
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