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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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Celtics' assistant coach Walter McCarty has liked what he's seen from Marcus Smart so far, specifically his defense.
"[Smart is] a worker, and I think he’s going to have a tremendous first season," said McCarty. "He can do a lot of things. We know he can defend, and we’ll want him on the floor to get some of that stuff rub off on everybody else." Minutes lead to fantasy value, and while we'll need to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop over training camp and preseason, it's possible Smart's defensive tenacity grants him some extended time on the floor. A trade of Rajon Rondo would greatly improve Smart's value, but with Rondo in town, Smart doesn’t look to be a standard league play. Aug 24 - 11:02 AM

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Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris are among the invitees to the USA Basketball Select Team in Las Vegas.

Smart hasn't played well to this point in his pro career and will get a chance to learn from some more experienced players. He's likely going to come of the bench and play both guard spots for the Celtics.
Jul 18 - 5:10 PM

Marcus Smart had his best Summer League game against the Magic on Thursday, scoring 19 points, while dishing out five assists and grabbing three boards.

Smart shot only 5-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, but he looked poised and confident raising up for jump shots, all while playing his usual tough defense. It is still too early to determine what kind of fantasy value he will have for next season, but his continual improvement is a good sign.
Jul 10 - 6:55 PM

Marcus Smart handed out six assists against the Pistons on Wednesday to go with 14 points, five boards, two steals, four turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He shot just 4-of-13 from the field and actually raised his shooting percentage to 25.0 percent. Smart's lack of a jump shot is likely his biggest roadblock, so that will keep him from moving into standard-league territory in fantasy formats. Just keep an eye on him for now.
Jul 9 - 11:35 PM

Celtics rookie Marcus Smart is shooting 22 percent from the field through two Summer League games, including 1-of-10 from downtown.

Smart shot 41 percent with Oklahoma State, but the Celtics feel that his percentages are the result of bad shot selection rather than a lack of ability. Head coach Brad Stevens feels that Smart has solid shooting mechanics, and his defense has been universally praised, but fantasy owners should hedge their bets as long as Rajon Rondo is in Boston.
Jul 9 - 10:06 AM

Marcus Smart struggled on the offensive end again on Monday, scoring 11 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block on 3-of-15 shooting.

The Celtics let a big lead over the Pacers evaporate, and ended up getting blown out 96-77. Smart has made defense his calling card, but he'll have a lot of competition for minutes in Boston, which will hinder his fantasy appeal.
Jul 7 - 5:28 PM

Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga has liked what he's seen of Marcus Smart's defensive abilities.

"You just love his toughness," Larranaga said. "He’s as tough as can be. He gets through screens. He dives on the floor... He just plays with tremendous intensity... he had some great help defensive plays that you wouldn’t expect a 20-year-old to be able to do." Smart racked up five steals in his summer league debut, but his offense left something to be desired going just 2-of-8 from the field. With Avery Bradley re-signing with Boston, Smart's fantasy value will be limited.
Jul 6 - 10:48 AM

Marcus Smart scored 10 points in his pro debut on Saturday with five boards, three assists, five steals, one block and one turnover.

He was great on defense, providing perimeter help on both shooting guards and on the point. Smart got better as the game went along and was able to get inside, but he did miss all five shots from beyond the arc. He'll need a couple breaks to start off his rookie season with a 24 minute-per-game allotment.
Jul 5 - 1:12 PM

Marcus Smart has been playing PG for the Celtics during practices, but summer league coach Jay Larranaga said Smart will play alongside Phil Pressey during games.

This is as much about getting both players minutes as it is about testing Smart's ability to play the SG spot, but it will be interesting to see how he handles the challenge. Rajon Rondo and a newly re-signed Avery Bradley are locked into the starting backcourt and it may take a trade to thrust Smart into a big enough role for reliable fantasy value.
Jul 2 - 11:40 AM

Marcus Smart told reporters at Boston's summer league workout that he plans on taking better shots in the NBA.

Smart only shot 42.2 percent from the field during college, so he obviously has some work to do on his shooting prowess. It sounds like the rookie has a plan, however, as he told reporters that improving his shot selection is key. "Take better shots," Smart said. "I took a lot of tough shots in college." Smart's early-season fantasy may be limited if Rajon Rondo is still wearing Celtic green, but he could end up being one of the 2014's draft class' most productive rookies if (when?) Rondo is traded.
Jul 1 - 11:26 AM

Marcus Smart said he will play point guard and shooting guard at summer league.

General manager Danny Ainge said he expects to play Smart next to Rajon Rondo, but his college play suggests he'd be much better on the ball. Smart won't be undersized at summer league and could get his pro career off to a fast start in Orlando. He's on the radar in re-draft leagues as a late-round pick and his value would go up if the Celtics do deal Rondo.
Jun 30 - 1:18 PM

General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart "has a chance to be a really terrific point guard" and thinks he can play off the ball, as well.

Ainge did say drafting Smart has nothing to do with Rajon Rondo and the two could be backcourt mates. "I think Marcus is a guy that we felt could play with Rondo or Avery [Bradley] or Phil Pressey and play on the court at the same time," Ainge said. "Marcus is long enough to guard a small forward." Smart will have to work on his jumper in order to succeed off the ball, which will be a major thing to watch this summer. He obviously would have much more fantasy value should the Celtics deal Rondo.
Jun 27 - 11:59 AM

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was selected by the Boston Celtics with the sixth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

He may have been the top pick in the 2013 draft, but he stayed at Oklahoma State and turned in averages of 18.0 points, 5.9 boards, 4.8 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.6 triples on 42.2 percent from the field during his sophomore year instead. Smart also lowered his turnovers last season and has done enough to suggest he is a point guard at the NBA level. It’s worth noting he really gave it his all during workouts and even worked out for the Lakers, Celtics and Magic twice. He has said he'd love to learn from Rajon Rondo and may get a chance to do so if the Celtics keep Rondo. The Celtics could use a two-PG lineup because of Smart's size and ability to guard shooting guards, but his fantasy value will be capped while Rondo is on the roster.
Jun 26 - 8:12 PM

The Utah Jazz are considering drafting Marcus Smart with the fifth overall pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Smart and his agent reportedly turned down as many as four draft workout invites from the Jazz, so it is a bit surprising that they are considering him with such a high pick. If the Jazz do decide to draft Smart, it will be interesting to see whether they try to pair him with last years' first-rounder, point guard Trey Burke, or if they will try and package one of the two in a later deal.
Jun 26 - 4:21 PM

Marcus Smart had a second workout with the Celtics on Wednesday.

After getting some bad press for his incident against Texas Tech this year, Smart has really impressed with his work ethic and has likely helped himself move up into the first half of the lottery. He seems like he'll be going in the top six picks thanks partially to the Joel Embiid (foot) injury.
Jun 25 - 4:39 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Marcus Smart
3Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
2Marcus Thornton
SF1Jeff Green
2Evan Turner
3Gerald Wallace
4James Young
5Chris Johnson
PF1Jared Sullinger
2Brandon Bass
C1Kelly Olynyk
2Tyler Zeller
3Vitor Faverani
4Joel Anthony