Smart was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, which is a huge feat for any basketball star, especially considering how tough the competition is.
But Smart’s victory is even more impressive when you think how rarely a player like him takes home such an honor.
Marcus Smart is the first guard to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year since Gary Payton in the 1995-96 season. Smart is also the second player to win the award with the @celtics, joining Kevin Garnett (2007-08).
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Smart is the first guard to be named Defensive Player of the Year since Gary Payton all the way back in the 1995-96 season.
He is also only the second Celtics player to win the award, joining the iconic Kevin Garnett from back in 2007-08.
Anyone who doesn’t consider Smart one of the best in the league should change their tune now.
One of the reasons the Celtics ended the season as the second seed with a 51-31 record is their defense.
While they are filled with a bunch of deep sharp-shooters, they have grown into a defensive monster to other teams.
Smart is a major part of that defense.
While he may not be the biggest guy in the league, he plays with a fearless and in-your-face attitude.
This style shuts down nearly any other person attempting a shot, whether from in the paint or on the perimeter.
Aside from this D, Smart is also putting up an average of 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists a game too.
Smart is only getting better and better – which is quite impressive because he’s been in the league for a while.
Smart was drafted by Boston back in 2014 and has been consistently and quietly improving his game.
Winning Defensive Player of the Year is an incredible feat but winning the NBA Finals would be even more special for Smart.