Marcus Smart

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Marcus Smart
No. 36 – Boston Celtics
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1994-03-06) March 6, 1994 (age 20)
Flower Mound, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolMarcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
CollegeOklahoma State (2012–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career2014–present
Career history
2014–presentBoston Celtics
2014Maine Red Claws
Career highlights and awards
 
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Marcus Smart
No. 36 – Boston Celtics
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1994-03-06) March 6, 1994 (age 20)
Flower Mound, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolMarcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
CollegeOklahoma State (2012–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career2014–present
Career history
2014–presentBoston Celtics
2014Maine Red Claws
Career highlights and awards

Marcus Smart (born March 6, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Oklahoma State University before being drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

Early years[edit]

Smart is the son of Camellia Smart and Billy Frank Smart. He has three older brothers, Todd Westbrook (deceased), Jeff Westbrook and Michael Smart.[1] He attended Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, along with one of his former Oklahoma State teammates, Phillip Forte. During his senior year, Smart averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5 assists.[2] In his high school career, he achieved a record of 115–6 through three seasons and was a two-time 5A state champion. He was also named a McDonald's All-American and was an ESPNHS first team All-American.[2] Smart played competitive football until the sixth grade and enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.[3]

College career[edit]

During his freshman year at Oklahoma State, Smart led the Cowboys to a 24–8 record and finished third place in the Big 12 behind Kansas and Kansas State. Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game and led the Big 12 in steals where he recorded 99 and averaged 3.0 per game. Smart and the Cowboys earned a trip to the NCAA bracket that year clinching a #5 seed in the Midwest Region. During the first round of the tournament though, the Cowboys were eliminated by the #12 seed Oregon Ducks. On April 17, 2013, Smart held a press conference in the student union at OSU and announced that he would not declare for the NBA draft and instead, return to OSU for his sophomore season.[4] During that same press conference, Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown also announced that they would return to OSU for the 2013–14 season. On November 19, 2013 Smart tied an OSU single game scoring record with 39 points leading his #7 Oklahoma State Cowboys past #11 Memphis Tigers.

On February 8, 2014, at a game at Texas Tech, Smart shoved a fan in the stands after a verbal altercation in the closing minutes of the game, and received a technical foul following it. It had been previously reported that Smart told his coaches that the fan used a racial slur after Smart crashed into the stands. At a press conference the following afternoon, neither Smart nor coach Travis Ford addressed the question of what the fan said, and OSU announced that Smart would be suspended for three games because of the incident.[5] Separately, Texas Tech announced its finding that the fan had not used a racial slur but had spoken inappropriately to Smart, and that the fan had agreed not to attend any further Texas Tech games during the 2013–14 season.[6]

On February 13, 2014, he was named one of the 30 finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year.[7] In the first game of the 2014 NCAA tournament, the Cowboys lost to Gonzaga. He finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals, becoming the first player in tournament history to record 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.[8]

On April 7, 2014, Smart declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility.[9]

College statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13Oklahoma State333233.5.404.290.7775.84.23.0.715.4
2013–14Oklahoma State313132.7.422.299.7285.94.82.9.618.0

NBA career[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Smart was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.[10] On July 5, 2014, he joined the Celtics for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[11] On July 10, 2014, he signed with the Celtics.[12]

In just his fifth NBA game, Smart sprained his left ankle in the Celtics' 101-98 win over the Indiana Pacers on November 7, 2014. He underwent an MRI following the game and was ruled out for two to three weeks.[13] After missing ten games with the injury, Smart returned to action on December 3 against the Detroit Pistons, recording just two assists in four minutes of play in the 109-102 win.[14] On December 4, he was assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.[15] He was recalled the next day.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prisbell, Eric (January 22, 2013). "Smart went from 'dead or in jail' to Oklahoma State's selfless general". USAToday.com. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Flores, Ronnie; Huff, Doug (April 17, 2012). "2011-12 ESPNHS All-Americans". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Marcus Smart Bio". OKState.com. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Report: Okla. State's Marcus Smart to return for sophomore year
  5. ^ Maloy, Brendan (February 9, 2014). "Marcus Smart suspended 3 games for altercation with fan; Texas Tech releases new footage of incident". SI.com. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Statement Regarding Incident At Texas Tech-Oklahoma State Men's Basketball Game
  7. ^ "2013-14 Men's Naismith Trophy Midseason 30". NaismithAwards.com. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Mandel, Stewart (March 21, 2014). "Marcus Smart can't get first NCAA tournament win as his Cowboys fall to Gonzaga". SI.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Marcus Smart entering NBA draft". ESPN.com. April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Celtics Select Smart, Young in 2014 Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Celtics Announce 2014 Orlando Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Celtics Sign 2014 Draft Picks". NBA.com. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Boston Celtics Injury Updates". NBA.com. November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Celtics recover in OT, beat Pistons 109-102". NBA.com. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Celtics Assign Powell, Smart and Young to NBA D-League's Maine Red Claws". OurSportsCentral.com. December 4, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Celtics Recall Powell, Smart and Young". NBA.com. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 

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