This past season, for the first time since 2010, the Boston Celtics reached the NBA Finals. After years of playing with star point guards, the Celtics have (almost) gone without a real point guard. Except, they had a point guard. That’s Marcus Smart.
Boston called Smart their starting point guard ahead of the season. They put the ball in his hands more than ever, allowing him to play in a position where he is always most comfortable. However, fans continue to doubt him.
Throughout the season, fans repeatedly urged the Celtics to sign “a real point guard”, analyzing Smart’s ability in the process. Well, in an interview with Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, Smart dismissed those doubts.
“I think I proved a little bit of everything,” Smart told Himmelsbach. “I hear talks about ‘He’s not a real point guard’ and this and that. ‘They need a star point guard.’ We had star point defenders, but this so-called zero point defender was the only one that led them to the Finals. I think that says enough. I really don’t need to say too much. I think everyone sees and understands, in the end, who I really am and what I can do when given the chance. “
However, despite all the talk, Smart is confident because he has overcome it all.
Smart is Celtic with the longest term
Boston drafted Smart with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and he’s been with the team ever since. Despite being caught up in the commercial rumors that seemed to happen every season, he stayed. Smart is proud of this and says it means the team appreciates him.
“And, I’m still here,” Smart said. “I’m still the longest-serving Celtic. So for me, I take that as a compliment. It means you are quite appreciated and if your name is mentioned, people will want you. “
Last season, in his first year as the team’s primary point guard, Smart averaged 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and a career-high 5.9 assists with 41.8% shots. from the field and 33.1% fired from a distance. Additionally, Smart made 1.7 steals per game and won the Defensive Player of the Year award.
As for the trade talk, Smart says he’s not really interested in that.
Smart Don’t Worry About Trade Talk
According to Smart, he doesn’t really listen to the noise. He always sticks to commercial rumors when they come up, but he is confident in his abilities. Smart respects Brad Stevens and knows he will always do what’s best for the organization.
“But I didn’t pay much attention. I know what I bring, and that’s what I focus on, what I bring to this team. We will find out everything else. [President of basketball operations Brad Stevens] very good at what he does and he will find the right pieces to make sure we stay on track,” said Smart.
Smart helped lead the Celtics to this year’s NBA Finals, and unless major uncertainties ensue, he’ll be back next year.
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