Mar 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles center Chris Otule (42) defends against Butler Bulldogs center Andrew Smith (44) in the first half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Smith Begins NBA Summer League Play

As the NBA Summer League begins in Orlando this week, former Butler big man Andrew Smith is getting his chance to play in front of basketball scouts and coaches from everywhere to prove his talent on a professional level.

Smith was not sleceted in the NBA Draft in June, but was able to find a spot on the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer.

Unfortunately, he did not reach the floor in the Thunder’s first game on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers. He was one of just three players on the roster not to record a minute of playing time.

This week, however, will continue to provide opportunities for him to make an impression. Chances are the rotations will open up as the league goes on throughout the week, giving him some time on the floor.

Once there, it will be an opportunitiy to show off his all-around game that will definitely earn him a spot on a professional roster, even if it is not in the United States.

From there, it will be interesting to see his improved mid-range jumper that will fit it in the  professional game much more than it did in college due to a higher-tempo style of play. Additionally, the biggest part of his game that will need to move to the next level will be his pplay on the interior against some of the best post players in the world. Will he be able to hold his own in the paint on both ends of the floor?

This week will provide those answers as he continues to make his way to the professional ranks. Follow the Oklahoma City Thunder on NBA TV. Their next game is Monday at 11 A.M.


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