Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart Is Leading the NBA’s Glue Guys

December 1st, 2016 by Michael Pina Leave a reply »

It’s almost impossible to accurately quantify all the ways Marcus Smart makes the Boston Celtics a better team. 

Sometimes that can be read as a dilemma—especially for someone drafted sixth overall by a franchise that can’t afford to miss on any of the prospects it targets—but it’s also not to say Smart isn’t valuable or even already a really good NBA player. 

The numbers don’t glow—he’s averaging 10.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, with atrocious 35.9/29.4/55.2 shooting splits—but Smart oozes positive production (both subtle and obvious) that's noticed by those who watch him closely.

“There aren’t a lot of guys his age that have impacted winning the way he has,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said after Tuesday’s practice. “Maybe not from a statistical standpoint, but more so from: You can feel it when he’s on the court. You ask anybody in here and they all know Marcus’ value.”

Three years ago, Boston handpicked Smart to replace Rajon Rondo as its long-term franchise point g ...

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