ESPN loudmouth Stephen A. Smith is known to have some questionable takes
Right on cue, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt called out Stephen A. for his opinion that DeAndre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns was a superior bet.
"I told everyone [Doncic] was the best player in the draft. Stephen A. Smith is clueless at basketball," said Blatt, who now coaches in Greece. Of Course, Stephen A. is not one to stay quiet about anything. He responded to Blatt and absolutely refused to back down:
Are you willing to call your friends with the Kings clueless for taking Bagley at No. 2 instead of Doncic? Good to hear from you sir!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 3, 2019
Stephen A. justified his reasoning for liking Ayton, who is having a fine rookie season and brings real quality on the offensive end. He also has a point in acknowledging that Doncic was drafted third overall and that Sacramento passed on him as well.
While Ayton is putting up 17 points and 11 rebounds per game, it's awfully hard to argue now that Doncic isn't the best rookie. The 19-year old averages 19.5 points , 6.5 rebounds, and five assists, and makes amazing plays on a consistent basis. If Stephen A. Smith had known a bit more about Doncic at the time of the draft, he probably would have been more of a fan, but that ship has definitely sailed now.