This Wednesday is Marcus Smart Day here at NBC Sports Boston. Be sure to check out our exclusive content around Smart throughout the day, both online and on the broadcast of Spurs-Celtics.
Let's cut right to the chase: Marcus Smart isn't the Boston Celtics' most talented player.
But if you think the scrappy guard isn't capable of highlight-reel plays, you're sorely mistaken.
In fact, Smart's frantic style of play has made him an incredibly entertaining (if unpredictable) player to watch throughout his basketball career, which began (fittingly) at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, blossomed at Oklahoma State and has steadily improved during his four-plus seasons with the Celtics.
Let's take a look at some of Smart's best plays, starting with his high school and college days:
High School Highlights
Smart's NBA calling card is his defense, and he was finally recognized in 2019 by being named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team. Here are some of his best defensive plays from that season:
Smart also has a clutch gene, which he displayed during his rookie season by hitting a buzzer-beater to take down the Toronto Raptors:
The young guard has steadily improved his offensive game since then, increasing his shooting percentage in each of the last four seasons and shooting a career-best 42.2 percent last season:
Finally, no compilation of Smart's best plays would be complete without that Dec. 28, 2017 game against the Houston Rockets, when Smart forced James Harden to commit back-to-back offensive fouls in a come-from-behind Celtics win:
Smart is on pace for another strong season, averaging 11.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists through 25 games played.
Don't miss Marcus Smart Day and NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Spurs, which tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike and Scal have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.