|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.|
|2012 - 2014||Oklahoma State (NCAA)|
|June 2014 - present||Boston Celtics (NBA)|
November 12, 2017
Despite his facial damage, Kyrie Irving will only miss one game before returning, or so it seems. Yet this does mean a one game starting stint at point guard for one of this two. [There is an outside shot of the spot going to deep bench player Shane Larkin, though it seems unlikely.] When Jayson Tatum stayed in the locker room at half time of a recent game, Smart started the second half in his place, which suggests he has the inside track on the spot. Nevertheless, whoever starts, both stand to benefit from Irving’s absence. Both are productive enough anyway – Smart is averaging 9.5 points, 5.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game (fantasy players can ignore his 29% shooting and ambitious shot selection), while Rozier has already featured a couple of times on this list on account of his 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game averages. Plainly, with similar output for half the price, Rozier is the better value of the two, hence why we have mentioned him before and not Smart. But tonight, due to Irving’s injury, it might be a good idea to pick both.
October 26, 2017
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.
June 29, 2017
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.
June 19, 2014
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.