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Marcus Smart | Guard

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (20) / 3/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
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Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.
He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half. Oct 22 - 10:12 PM

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Marcus Smart came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

He hit 3-of-8 shots and played 30 minutes, and should have some nice value early in the season while Rajon Rondo sits with a broken hand. We expect Smart to start at PG while Rondo is out for the first few weeks of the season. He took over tonight's game late in the fourth quarter, prompting coach Brad Stevens to say "His M.O. has been competitive will."
Oct 16 - 12:59 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart could have a big role in his rookie season.

"You're inevitably drawn to guys that do the right thing over and over and over," Stevens said. Smart still has a long way to go with his shot and the team coaches are working with him. He'll probably shoot the ball too poorly to be a fantasy asset in standard leagues, so it's hard to get too excited about drafting him for long-term value in 2014-15. He's worth a look as a stop-gap option while Rajon Rondo (hand) is out, though.
Oct 13 - 1:42 PM

Marcus Smart hit just 1-of-5 shots (a 3-pointer) on Saturday, finishing with five points, one assist, two steals and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

He's going to start as long as Rajon Rondo (hand) is out, but the rookie is going to come with his share of ups and downs. He's been all over the map this preseason and looked a bit overwhelmed tonight. But if you find yourself desperate for a point guard late in your draft, he should start for a couple weeks with Rondo on the mend.
Oct 11 - 10:16 PM

Marcus Smart made 2-of-8 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

He simply cannot knock down jumpers and the coaching staff should probably give him a heads up to cool it. Smart was 1-of-7 from beyond the arc tonight and that's just too many long-range shots. He'll be a low-end, short-term option late in fantasy drafts.
Oct 10 - 11:17 PM

Marcus Smart started at point guard again on Wednesday and had 11 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 4-of-8 shooting in 24 minutes.

With Rajon Rondo sidelined for the first few weeks of the season, Smart should continue to start and he looked much better tonight than on Monday, when he missed all eight of his shots. It's easy to see why the Celtics love him and a mid-season Rondo trade could open the door for Smart. He is a good way to spend a late flier in fantasy.
Oct 9 - 12:33 AM

Marcus Smart missed all eight of his attempts from the field on Monday, adding three rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

He made both attempts from the line and was a bit lost with his shot. On the other hand, he was very effective on defense and is ahead of the curve on that end. Smart should be a low-end fantasy option while Rajon Rondo (hand) is out, but not having a shot is going to hurt him.
Oct 6 - 10:49 PM

Marcus Smart will start Monday vs. the 76ers.

Smart was questionable to play following a strained groin, but it appears he's good to go and the injury is now behind him. The world will get a glimpse of Smart at his natural position during Monday's preseason game, and he has some good opportunity to impress going up against the Sixers. Avery Bradley, Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, and Kelly Olynyk will join Smart in the starting rotation.
Oct 6 - 6:03 PM

Marcus Smart has a strained groin, and he is questionable to play in Monday's preseason opener vs. the 76ers.

Smart will not practice on Sunday, and if he's unable to go on Monday, Evan Turner will draw the start at point guard with Phil Pressey playing backup minutes. The injury seems minor, but with Rondo already out for the first 1-3 weeks of the season, the Celtics will likely be extra cautious with Smart. Smart has some short-term value as a late-round pick as he'll be the starting point guard to start the season, but once Rondo returns, Smart's upside is very limited.
Oct 5 - 12:29 PM

Marcus Smart was in the possible starting unit for the Celtics at practice on Thursday.

Coach Brad Stevens loves Smart for defense and the Celtics seem like they'll give him a chance to become the opening-night starter. His shooting issues will limit his ceiling as a rookie, but he's worth a late-round pick for the short term.
Oct 2 - 10:40 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart has "the potential to be a game-changer" on defense.

His effectiveness on defense is not the question and Smart has been great on defense to this point. He had at least 2.9 steals per game in each of his last two seasons at Oklahoma State and looked good on that end at summer league. Of course, his jumper needs some major work and that will hold him back on offense. He's a late-round flier while Rajon Rondo (hand) is out.
Oct 1 - 4:12 PM

Celtics' coach Brad Stevens said that he feels Marcus Smart is physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to fill in for Rajon Rondo as the team's starting point guard.

Smart will get to showcase himself a bit earlier than expected with Rondo's freak hand injury, and Boston management will likely be paying very close attention to how he fares as the team's starting point guard. Rondo also said he anticipates playing a lot alongside Smart this season, however, from a basketball standpoint it doesn't make much sense to have two non-shooters play together in the backcourt. Smart profiles as a late-round target in standard leagues, with Rondo potentially missing the first 10 games of the season, and a potential trade of Rondo that would catapult Smart to full-time starting duties.
Sep 29 - 2:52 PM

Marcus Smart is expected to see extended run at training camp with Rajon Rondo (hand) out 6-8 weeks.

He was dreadful as a shooting guard at summer league, so he'll get a chance to show what he can do in his natural position. Smart and Avery Bradley make for a solid defensive backcourt, and also the extra reps for Smart could help him adjust to the NBA game a little quicker. He's now a late-round target in standard leagues with Rondo possibly missing the first 10 games of the season.
Sep 26 - 7:04 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens thinks that Marcus Smart can be a special player on defense.

While Smart needs to improve his shot selection in order to become an effective fantasy option, his defense could help keep him on the court as his hones his offensive game. "Marcus is a guy that I think is a jack of all trades offensively," Stevens said. "But defensively could be very special." Smart won't provide much fantasy value as long as Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard for the Celtics, but the rookie is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues just in case Rondo gets his (rumored) wish and is traded.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 16 - 1:59 PM

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca received a text from USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski praising Marcus Smart's play with the USAB Select Team.

Coach K thought that Smart was "fantastic" as he reportedly held his own against some of the league's top guards. He has been hailed as a great defensive player, but his offense still needs time to develop. Smart could be worth a late-round flier, but with Rajon Rondo in town, his fantasy outlook is bleak.
Aug 29 - 7:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Marcus Smart
3Will Bynum
4Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
2Marcus Thornton
SF1Jeff Green
2Evan Turner
3Gerald Wallace
4James Young
PF1Jared Sullinger
2Brandon Bass
3Dwight Powell
C1Kelly Olynyk
2Tyler Zeller
3Vitor Faverani