Marcus Smart will also work out for the Boston Celtics – who have the No. 6 pick — source told ESPN. Smart could allow Ainge to move Rondo.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 23, 2014
I like Marcus Smart. Tough. Fiery. He just needs to work on his long distance shooting.
Would I prefer the Celtics not draft a position of strength? Yes. I want Rajon Rondo to stay in Boston. But Danny Ainge is going to draft the best available player and figure it out from there.
He posted an impressive lane agility time of 10.82 seconds, and according to ESPN Stats & Info, that time was better than the times John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul put up when they were at the combine.
Those weren’t the only impressive numbers for Smart. He posted a 33-inch vertical, according to Erik Horne from NewsOK.com, while measuring at just over 6’3” with a wingspan over 6’9”. He bench pressed 185 pounds 19 times, according to Jonathan Givony from Draft Express, and point guards rarely get that many reps.
Those numbers have helped confirm what many already believed. Smart is a big guard that’s also a terrific athlete, helping him on both sides of the court. Smart’s numbers from last season support that claim, as he averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
As for Jeff Goodman, I’m convinced he’s incapable of tweeting about the Celtics without including a reference to trading Rajon Rondo.