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Marcus Smart will workout for the Celtics

Chuck - Red's Army May 23, 2014 Celtics News, Draft 8 Comments

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.

Smart impressed scouts at the combine:

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 WallRussell 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.

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  • Curt Hays

    I didn’t realize he was such a beast. Still don’t want to trade Rondo, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Smart in green.

    I still kinda miss Leandro Barbosa.

    • adam

      He was a good player and fit well in Green until he went down.

  • swissflix

    Our next KG type of player. Smart and Avery in the backcourt..bulldogs unleashed.

  • Jason

    I’m very high on Smart because he strikes me as a pure passion player– much like Westbrook and Noah. He may not be the most skilled or even athletic but his work ethic will make him an all-star eventually and he can easily be one of the best players on the floor some nights with his energy. This team needs that vocal spark plug to ignite it during games, especially given the fact that Rondo, Sully, Green– all of our players are very laid back personalities.

    • Rod Shaftwell

      I agree with you, we need one of those KG type passion-spark players. On top of all those players you mentioned, our coach happens to be one of the most level headed individuals I’ve ever seen in sports.

  • bill_nair

    I wonder if he could play the two. I like Smart but always thought he’d be better as a PG. Wouldn’t mind seeing him come off the bench for us next season.

  • CoachAJ

    I still think Smart is more of a SG. I love how hard he plays though. Could definitely see Smart joining the Rondo Bradley BULLDOG backcourt. Make a deal with Houston including the #17 and Humphries/Bass for Asik. This improve us, not championship until everyone grows up, but we get better than 30 wins.

  • ming_mow

    Get Smart and trade the useless Avery Bradley problem solved!!!