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Marcus Smart - PG/SG, 6'4, 220
Boston Celtics - Drafted 6th overall in 2014
       Date of birth: 03/04/1994
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 6th pick, 2014
     Out of: Oklahoma State
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Right




Date
League
Transaction
2014 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 6th overall by Boston.
5th July, 2014 NBA Signed four year, $14,831,260 rookie scale contract with Boston. Included team options for 2016/17 and 2017/18.
4th December, 2014 D-League Assigned by Boston to Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
5th December, 2014 D-League Recalled by Boston from Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
30th October, 2015 NBA Boston exercised 2016/17 team option.
31st October, 2016 NBA Boston exercised 2017/18 team option.
When: Where:
2012 - 2014 Oklahoma State (NCAA)
June 2014 - present Boston Celtics (NBA)
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   2017 NBA Manifesto
2017-06-29

Marcus Smart
PG/SG, 6’4, 220lbs, 23 years old, 3 years of experience

Career projections of his offence are not working out, but the defence is remarkable, with ball pressure, unabashed confidence, and the physical profile to defend at least three positions. Every team could use a play-er like Marcus Smart, even if they have both Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. If he can spot-up better from straight on, develop in the post, finish better around the rim and become more of a threat off the dribble without needing to become a defence breaker-downer, Smart can go one or two levels further. At some point, though, the Bradley-or-Smart decision may be coming, especially given that, barring an extension, both head for free agency next summer.

Player Plan: Beginning final year of rookie scale at $4,538,020 and eligible for an extension. If there is a possibility of cap room in 2018, it would probably be cheaper to extend him in advance, given the new CBA’s increase in rookie scale free agent cap holds beginning that summer.

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   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 4: NCAA Point Guards
2014-06-19

Marcus Smart - Smart can't shoot, that much we know. He's not a half court point guard, either, not even especially close to what John Wall was at this age, back when John Wall wasn't much of a half court point guard either. As much as he attacks, throws himself to the rim and gets to the line, he also drives into trouble without knowing why at times, looks to score before he looks to pass, and seems to not have the best offensive IQ. Smart's physical stature allows for some slightly quirky usage as a point guard, not just driving around screens but also setting them, which might be fun to see with Olynyk down the road, but at this point his passing vision, consistency and understandings of time and score all need a lot of work, work that comes through experience. He seemed to struggle much more against better quality competition, which doesn't bode well, and was pretty inconsistent. The biggest thing Smart could do to help himself is to stop taking overconfident jumpshots early in the clock, many of which would be bad shots even for good shooters, which he certainly is not. Maybe he learns, maybe he doesn't. His offensive skill set in the half court is a legitimate concern and needs a lot ot work.

However, ignore that for the moment. Look at the defensive play. Smart has greater size, greater athleticism, terrific lateral quickness and a high motor. He should dominate the point guard position on defense. Smart is disruptive, persistent and energetic, an absolute harasser on that end. He is strong, he is fast, and he gets to the spot before the defender. Smart takes charges, flops egregiously (which is sort of a virtue, however noxious), and has chase-down blocks in a way that no other point guard really does. He is not ready made on this end, and will probably make some rookie mistakes with fouls and missed rotations in the early days. But he is so, so projectable on that end.

There's a long way to go on offense. But just being as athletic as he is will be half the battle won.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 26th October 2017
2017-10-26

In the absence of Marcus Smart, Rozier continues to receive big minutes, averaging 27.0 minutes in the four games thus far. In that time, Rozier has recorded a bit of everything; 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds despite often being the smallest player on the floor, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Perhaps the best part is that, for all those numbers, Rozier has recorded only three turnovers in those four games, compiling an assist/to/turnover ratio of 5:1. Smart might soon return, and of course the point guard postion is Kyrie Irving’s from here on out, so perhaps the minutes will decline soon. But Rozier has been so good as to be impossible to ever bench properly, all the while still costing an absolute pittance from a fantasy point of view.

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