Rockets rookie Jabari Smith Jr. considers himself the caliber of the All-Defensive team ‘from day one’

In a new 2022 NBA Summer League Las Vegas interview with Launderer’s reportHouston Rockets forward Taylor Rooks Jabari Smith Jr. isn’t holding back when it comes to goals in his freshman year.

“I have a lot of time to prepare and a lot of time to strengthen my body,” Smith told Rooks on Tuesday. “I have plenty of time to mature and learn more about this game. As this season begins, I feel like I should be All-Defensive team caliber, from day one.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rooks asked what he thought Smith stood for for other NBA players. Smith replied:

A bad dream. A nightmare. I’m not the fastest, but if you pass me, I’m 6-10, so you’re going to have to finish. You’re going to have to find something to do with it.

And I have good feet, so it’s tough. When I get stronger and even faster, it’s going to be even scarier. I’m excited.

Smith then discussed various topics with Rooks, including his unexpected draft-day slide to the Rockets at No. 3 in the first round and his views on Paolo Banchero of Orlando and Chet Holmgren of Oklahoma City – who were the only players drafted ahead of him.

Scroll through Smith’s video clips covering these topics and more.



Jabari Smith Jr. on his 2022 draft slide

Jabari Smith Jr. who he’s most excited to defend on

Jabari Smith Jr. on his first college choice, which wasn’t Auburn

Jabari Smith Jr. on Chet Holmgren

Jabari Smith Jr. on expectations for the 2022-23 season

Jabari Smith Jr. on performing with Jalen Green

Jabari Smith Jr. on overreacting to summer league games

Jabari Smith Jr. on his All-Defensive Team goal

Jabari Smith Jr. on what it’s like to be defended by him

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