Marcus Smart

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Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart (32133149160).jpg
Smart in 2017
No. 36 – Boston Celtics
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-03-06) March 6, 1994 (age 23)
Flower Mound, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
College Oklahoma State (2012–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Boston Celtics
2014 Maine Red Claws
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Marcus Osmond Smart (born March 6, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Oklahoma State University before being drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

Early life[edit]

Smart is the son of Camellia Smart and Billy Frank Smart. He has three older brothers: Todd Westbrook (deceased), Jeff Westbrook, and Michael Smart.[1] He attended Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, along with one of his former Oklahoma State teammates, Phillip Forte. During his senior year, Smart averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5 assists.[2] In his high school career, he achieved a record of 115–6 through three seasons and was a two-time 5A state champion. He was also named a McDonald's All-American and was an ESPNHS first team All-American.[2] Smart played competitive football until the sixth grade and enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.[3]

Considered a five-star recruit by ESPN.com, Smart was listed as the No. 1 shooting guard and the No. 10 player in the nation in 2012.[4]

College career[edit]

During his freshman year at Oklahoma State, Smart led the Cowboys to a 24–8 record and finished third place in the Big 12 behind Kansas and Kansas State. Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game and led the Big 12 in steals, where he recorded 99 and averaged 3.0 per game. Smart and the Cowboys earned a trip to the NCAA bracket that year, clinching a #5 seed in the Midwest Region. During the first round of the tournament though, the Cowboys were eliminated by the #12 seed Oregon. On April 17, 2013, Smart held a press conference in the student union at OSU and announced that he would not declare for the NBA draft and instead, return to OSU for his sophomore season.[5]

On November 19, 2013, Smart tied an OSU single game scoring record with 39 points leading his #7 Oklahoma State Cowboys past #11 Memphis. On February 8, 2014, during a game at Texas Tech, Smart shoved a fan in the stands after a verbal altercation in the closing minutes of the game, and received a technical foul. Reports after the game stated that Smart claimed the fan yelled a racial slur at him. At a press conference the following afternoon, Smart would not comment on that element of the altercation, and coach Travis Ford chose not to address it. It was soon discovered that the fan had not used a racial slur, but even though Smart was deceptive in his original comments, the fan did admit to having spoken inappropriately to Smart by calling him "a piece of crap". Smart was subsequently suspended for three games and the fan agreed not to attend any further Texas Tech games during the 2013–14 season.[6][7] Five days later, Smart was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year.[8] In the first game of the 2014 NCAA tournament, the Cowboys lost to Gonzaga. He finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals, becoming the first player in tournament history to record 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.[9]

On April 7, 2014, Smart declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[10]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Oklahoma State 33 32 33.5 .404 .290 .777 5.8 4.2 3.0 .7 15.4
2013–14 Oklahoma State 31 31 32.7 .422 .299 .728 5.9 4.8 2.9 .6 18.0
Career 64 63 33.1 .413 .295 .751 5.9 4.5 2.9 .6 16.6

Professional career[edit]

Boston Celtics (2014–present)[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Smart was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.[11] He joined the Celtics for the 2014 NBA Summer League,[12] and signed with the team on July 10.[13] In just his fifth NBA game, Smart sprained his left ankle in the Celtics' 101–98 win over the Indiana Pacers on November 7. He underwent an MRI following the game and was ruled out for two to three weeks.[14] After missing ten games with the injury, Smart returned to action on December 3 against the Detroit Pistons.[15] On December 4, he was assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.[16] He was recalled the next day after playing in Maine's win over the Erie BayHawks.[17] On March 18, 2015, he scored a season-high 25 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[18] On March 21, he was suspended for one game without pay for hitting San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner in the groin the previous night.[19] On May 18, Smart was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team, garnering 142 points in the voting process.[20]

2015–16 season[edit]

On July 16, 2015, while playing for the Celtics at the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League, Smart dislocated two fingers on his right hand.[21] On November 15, 2015, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 100–85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[22] Between November 22 and December 26, Smart missed 18 games with a lower left leg injury. He returned to action on December 27 against the New York Knicks, scoring six points in 13 minutes off the bench.[23] On January 15, 2016, in a win over the Phoenix Suns, Smart recorded his first career triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, becoming the first Celtics player to record a triple-double off the bench since Art Williams did so in 1971.[24] On January 31, he tied his career high of 26 points in a loss to the Orlando Magic.[25]

2016–17 season[edit]

On November 9, 2016, Smart scored a then season-high 20 points in a 118–93 loss to the Washington Wizards.[26] On December 25, he scored 15 points and made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to help the Celtics claim a 119–114 win over the New York Knicks.[27] On January 7, 2017, he scored a season-high 22 points in a 117–108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[28] In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 21, Smart, who started in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas, made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points to help the Celtics defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111–108. Boston were blown out in the first two games of the series and came back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter of Game 3.[29] They went on to lose the series in five games.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Boston 67 38 27.0 .367 .335 .646 3.3 3.1 1.5 .3 7.8
2015–16 Boston 61 10 27.3 .348 .253 .777 4.2 3.0 1.5 .3 9.1
2016–17 Boston 79 24 30.4 .359 .284 .812 3.9 4.6 1.6 .4 10.6
Career 207 42 28.4 .358 .291 .762 3.8 3.7 1.5 .3 9.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Boston 4 3 22.5 .483 .231 .533 2.8 1.3 .3 .3 9.8
2016 Boston 6 1 32.2 .367 .344 .810 4.5 3.0 1.7 .8 12.0
2017 Boston 18 3 29.9 .351 .397 .640 4.7 4.7 1.5 .9 8.6
Career 28 7 29.3 .372 .364 .663 4.4 3.9 1.4 .8 9.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prisbell, Eric (January 22, 2013). "Smart went from 'dead or in jail' to Oklahoma State's selfless general". USAToday.com. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Flores, Ronnie; Huff, Doug (April 17, 2012). "2011-12 ESPNHS All-Americans". ESPN. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Marcus Smart Bio". OKState.com. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ Marcus Smart Recruiting Profile
  5. ^ Report: Okla. State's Marcus Smart to return for sophomore year
  6. ^ Maloy, Brendan (February 9, 2014). "Marcus Smart suspended 3 games for altercation with fan; Texas Tech releases new footage of incident". SI.com. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Statement Regarding Incident At Texas Tech-Oklahoma State Men's Basketball Game
  8. ^ "2013-14 Men's Naismith Trophy Midseason 30". NaismithAwards.com. February 13, 2014. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mandel, Stewart (March 21, 2014). "Marcus Smart can't get first NCAA tournament win as his Cowboys fall to Gonzaga". SI.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Marcus Smart entering NBA draft". ESPN. April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Celtics Select Smart, Young in 2014 Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Celtics Announce 2014 Orlando Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Celtics Sign 2014 Draft Picks". NBA.com. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Boston Celtics Injury Updates". NBA.com. November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Celtics recover in OT, beat Pistons 109-102". NBA.com. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Celtics Assign Powell, Smart and Young to NBA D-League's Maine Red Claws". OurSportsCentral.com. December 4, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Celtics Recall Powell, Smart and Young". NBA.com. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Marcus Smart 2014-15 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Celtics' Smart suspended one game for hit to groin". NBA.com. March 21, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  20. ^ King, Jay (May 18, 2015). "NBA All-Rookie team voting 2015: Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart named to second team; James Young earns vote". MassLive.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ Marcus Smart's fingers 'feeling better'
  22. ^ Smart leads Celtics past Thunder 100-85
  23. ^ Thomas scores 21, leads Celtics past Knicks, 100-9 [sic]
  24. ^ Thomas, Smart lead Celtics past Suns, 117-103
  25. ^ Keys to the Game: Magic 119, Celtics 114
  26. ^ Marcus Smart 2016-17 Game Log
  27. ^ Celtics recover after late Knicks rally, win 119-114
  28. ^ Thomas, Smart power Celtics past Pelicans, 117-108
  29. ^ "Bradley hits last-second shot, Celtics stun Cavs 111-108". ESPN.com. May 21, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 

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