I believe the Magic can't go wrong if they draft either of these two. I wanna keep my assessments of these two players as short and simple as possible so you guys don't have to spend 30 min on this article.
When you think about Noel, the first words that come to mind are his great shot blocking and defensive instincts. He grabs a lot of rebounds, gets a good amount of steals and has a great motor on the court. His obvious weakness, however, is offensively he can't do much. He's pretty much only reliable when he dunks the ball in the basket. He can certainly improve his offensive game in the NBA but we've waited 8 years for nothing for Howard to become a premier scorer, so I wouldn't be surprised if Noel reaches a certain plateau too. Nevertheless, his potential to be a superior defender will make him a game changer. Then you have to be concerned about how healthy his injured knee is, but we won't know for sure until he gets back on the court.
Best case NBA comparison: Ben Wallace
Worst case NBA comparison: Chris "Birdman" Anderson (without the off the court issues)
Now, I have high hopes for this guy because I can almost see Dwayne Wade ceiling here.
Marcus Smart: 6-4, 225 lbs, Freshman year stats: 15.4 PPG, 4.2 AST, 5.8 REB, 3.0 STL, 0.7 BLK, 3.4 TO, 40% FG, 30% 3FG, 77% FT, 6.5 FTA per gm.
Dwayne Wade: 6-4, 220 lbs, Freshman year stats: 17.8 PPG, 3.4 AST, 6.6 REB, 2.5 STL, 1.1 BLK, 3.0 TO, 49% FG, 35% 3FG, 69% FT, 4.8 FTA per gm.
The freshman year stats are very comparable. Wade obviously was more efficient when he shot the ball, but Marcus Smart (like D-Wade) is very good at getting to the hole and either creating plays or drawing a foul. It's pretty evident that Smart needs to become a better shooter but lots of players have improved their jumpshot in the NBA. Just look at Lebron James now, he's shooting 40% from 3's this season! What I like about Smart, is that he plays great defense and has been a great leader for Oklahoma State. I don't believe Smart will ever be as good as D-wade but if he could be 80% of what Wade was in his prime then the Magic would still have a great player on their hands.
Best Case NBA comparison: Dwayne Wade
Worst Case NBA comparison: Rodney Stuckey