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Analyst Thinks J.R. Smith, Who Went Straight To The NBA From HS, Should've Gone To This College

jr smith talks to reporters during the 2018 nba playoffs

J.R. Smith didn't go to college. The shooting guard went straight to the NBA out of high school in 2004. He was the No. 18 overall pick in the first round that year.

It's worked out pretty well for Smith. He's been in the league since 2004, played for four different teams, won an NBA championship and made more than $70 million.

How different would Smith's career have been if he had gone to college, though?

FOX Sports 1 analyst Doug Gottlieb made this point about Smith's horrible blunder at the end of Game 1 on Thursday night.

Smith, who likely would've gone to North Carolina, would've been a different player, Gottlieb argues.

"JR Smith, always been crazy talented, missing some little things in his game. I think those things would have been fixed had he played at North Carolina. We skip steps, we rush the process, and this is the usual result," Gottlieb argues.

It's not a crazy point, but at the same time, there have been plenty of NBA players who went to college who had made stupid plays (or not lived up to the hype as a whole).

Game 2 is set to tip off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.