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Marcus Smart | Guard | #36

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (6) / BOS
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Marcus Smart said that he wants to be a "more consistent shooter" this season.
"My decision-making, coming off ball-screens, working to get into the lane and finishing," Smart said about his offseason training. "And as everybody knows, still working on my jump shot and becoming a more consistent shooter." That's good to hear, as Smart shot just 34.8 percent from the field and 25.3 percent from deep last season. He does have a nice path to minutes with Evan Turner moving on to Portland, but he will need to outplay the likes of Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown in order to secure a larger role. Sep 27 - 11:32 PM

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Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart is a player who needs to "take steps forward" this season.

Smart is a career 35.7 percent shooter with a career average of 3.1 assists per game, and it seems that Ainge is specifically hinting at Smart improving his efficiency now that he's entering his third professional season. The former sixth overall pick is expected to have a bigger role without Evan Turner in the fold, but Brad Stevens has other options in guys like Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and rookie Jaylen Brown. Despite the ability to be an elite on-ball defender, the bottom line is this: Smart needs to perform better on the offensive end to justify his presence on the court.
Sep 24 - 5:29 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Gerald Green, Jaylen Brown as those vying for Evan Turner's minutes.

Turner averaged 28 minutes per game in Boston last season. With Turner leaving for Portland via free agency, there will be a number of Celtic guards and forwards competing for increased playing time in 2016-17. Smart is arguably the most intriguing name in that group. Smart averaged 27.3 minutes per game last season, so he could have the opportunity to earn 30+ minutes a night. Still, Smart's fantasy upside is limited due to his inaccurate shooting (Smart shot a horrid 34.8% from the field last season) and low assist rate (he averages just 3.1 assists per game for his career).
Sep 17 - 11:53 AM

Marcus Smart has been putting time in this summer working to improve his jump shot as well as his playmaking abilities.

"One thing that we work on here every day is just reads based on what the defense does. So I think you'll see him reach another level [in his playmaking abilities]," said Scott Morrison. "I know he's putting in a lot of time on his shooting all offseason." Smart's shaky shooting (35.7 percent career shooter) has been a bit of an Achilles heel to his fantasy value, so it's nice to hear that he's making that a main focus this offseason. Still, as Isaiah Thomas' backup, Smart is more of a deep league guy.
Source: Mass Live
Aug 4 - 4:19 PM

Marcus Smart scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, four steals and three turnovers in 35 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

He was getting stretched out on the bench with a leg issue, but it didn't cost him time. His defense was great with plenty of anticipation to help spark some runs in this game. However, Smart will go into the offseason with major offensive concerns. He sort of shined at Summer League last year, but he couldn't string games together during the season outside one his pre-break run. He will likely be a high-upside player with risk next year.
Apr 28 - 10:44 PM

Marcus Smart scored 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting in Game 5 on Tuesday, adding two boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

The shooting percentage was rough, but Smart could be looking at a larger role in Game 6 on Thursday if Isaiah Thomas (ankle) is unable to play. Smart was coming off his best game of the series with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and two steals in Game 4, so hopefully he gets back on track on Thursday as the Celtics look to even the series.
Apr 26 - 11:34 PM

After the Celtics tied their first-round series up at 2-2, Brad Stevens gushed about Marcus Smart's play in Game 4.

"I thought Marcus just played a great game, period," said Stevens. "And we’ve talked about it before. Marcus has had his ups and downs, but Marcus on this stage and, with his consistent work ethic and with his competitive spirit, you really trust that good things will happen. And so we trust in him, and he did a great job tonight on both ends on anybody that he was assigned to." Stevens said the team will continue rely on Smart—and Evan Turner—to be a playmaker with Isaiah Thomas playing off the ball, so expect him to play 30-plus minutes and be active on both ends, especially without Avery Bradley (hamstring) available.
Apr 25 - 10:42 AM

Marcus Smart came up huge in 42 minutes off the bench on Sunday, finishing a thrilling overtime victory with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and two steals.

Smart even had successful defensive possessions vs. a red-hot Paul Millsap down the stretch, and his energy and timely baskets helped Boston erase a 16-point deficit to even the series 2-2. Newly-minted starter Evan Turner pitched in 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 45 minutes, and all signs point to Smart maintaining a critical sixth-man role for Game 5 on Tuesday.
Apr 24 - 9:08 PM

Marcus Smart made 3-of-6 from the field for 11 points with three rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

It was a big improvement from his 1-of-11 from the field in Game 2. Smart's minutes should continue to be in the low 30s while Avery Bradley (hamstring) is out and he continues to get most of his minutes at the two. He'll be in play for DFS on Sunday.
Apr 22 - 11:14 PM

Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger will move to the bench on Friday against the Hawks.

Smart was a nightmare on Tuesday, making 1-of-11 from the field. He is still going to have to play minutes over 30 tonight because the Celtics will need him on Jeff Teague. Smart is still in play as a DFS guy.
Apr 22 - 6:22 PM

Marcus Smart (ribs) is expected to practice on Thursday.

If he does practice, he'll be ready to roll in Game 3 on Friday. Smart shot a disastrous 1-of-11 from the field in Game 2 as all three starting perimeter players couldn't hit shots. Smart will be very important to help defend Jeff Teague and has basically slotted into Avery Bradley's minutes.
Apr 20 - 3:10 PM

Marcus Smart (bruised rib) said that he plans to play in Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

The Celtics initially called the injury a right hip contusion and he briefly checked out of the game during the first quarter, but he appeared to be fine the rest of the game. Smart will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and admitted that he had some tests, so expect the Celtics to provide an update at that time. He moved into the starting lineup tonight in place of Avery Bradley (hamstring), but he didn't play well and finished with just three points on 1-of-11 shooting with three assists, two boards, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. His shooting needs a lot of work.
Apr 19 - 10:32 PM

Marcus Smart (finger) will move into the starting lineup for Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday, with Avery Bradley (hamstring) unavailable.

Smart is the most obvious choice to move into the starting five sans Bradley, and head coach Brad Stevens said that both Smart and Evan Turner will earn 30-plus minutes during their Game 2 matchup. Both Smart and Turner are worth a look in DFS, with Turner offering a bit more upside.
Apr 19 - 5:32 PM

Marcus Smart (finger) returned to practice on Monday.

He sat out of Sunday's practice with a bruised knuckle, but he said it was just a precaution and he's fully expected to play in Game 2 on Tuesday. With Avery Bradley (hamstring) already ruled out for Game 2 and possibly the series, Smart is going to see an uptick in minutes moving forward.
Apr 18 - 1:32 PM

Marcus Smart sat out of practice on Sunday due to a bruised knuckle.

The Celtics were calling it a sprained finger on Saturday, but regardless the injury sounds very minor and Smart said that it was just a precaution. Expect his minutes to trend up with Avery Bradley (hamstring) expected to miss the rest of the series.
Apr 17 - 1:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Isaiah Thomas
2Marcus Smart
3Demetrius Jackson
SG1Avery Bradley
2Terry Rozier
3Gerald Green
4R.J. Hunter
SF1Jae Crowder
2Jaylen Brown
3James Young
PF1Amir Johnson
2Jonas Jerebko
3Jordan Mickey
4Ben Bentil
C1Al Horford
2Kelly Olynyk
3Tyler Zeller