Marcus Smart’s Value Won’t Stare You in the Face

The 4th Quarter Hero Anyone who watches the Boston Celtics has some sort of opinion on Marcus Smart. Mostly you’ll see negative views. “He can’t shoot, why is he playing instead of Rozier?”. The list goes on. However, his value is there. It just won’t always be on the stat sheet. Take the end of the Houston game as an example: Here’s the full end game sequence. A dunk from TatumMarcus Smart draws a foul on HardenAl Horford scoresSmart draws another foul on Harden wild (via @clippittv) pic.twitter.com/d6hvDhsB9k — Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) December 29, 2017 Why He’s Here When Celtics Win Banner 18 Marcus Smart makes plays in the 4th quarter that win games. If it wasn’t for Smart drawing the first offensive foul, there was a good chance Houston would have won. Al Horford would never have had the chance to score that winning basket. So, that begs the question: why do so many people want him traded? Simply because he can’t shoot? I agree that he isn’t a good shooter. Currently, he’s shooting 33.8% from the floor and 30.7% from behind the arc. He is a 72% free throw shooter. Not someone you’d want taking a shot late in the 4th quarter, or at all. That’s why Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jason Tatum and a ton of other guys are here. The biggest thing is to...

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