After being selected 6th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, Marcus Smart experienced typical rookie highs and lows for the Celtics. On the positive side, he demonstrated a feisty defensive approach and deft passing skills. In February, he was named Rookie of the Month and at the end of the season he made the All-Rookie 2nd Team. On the negative side, Smart struggled with his jump shot and fought through Achilles and ankle injuries, appearing in 67 games. When available, Smart and Avery Bradley made for a lethal defensive backcourt, giving head coach Brad Stevens lots of opportunities to frustrate opponents. But Smart struggled offensively, shooting 37 percent from the field, 34 percent from three land, and 65 percent from the free-throw line. On December 8th, Smart scored a 23 points along with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in a loss at Washington. On March 18th, Smart produced a monster game in a loss to the Thunder, delivering a career-high 25 points, plus nine boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Smart's Celtics finished the year at 40-42, but made the playoffs. Boston was quickly swept by the Cavaliers in the first round.2015
Smart's sophomore season in the Association got off to a bumpy start when he dislocated two fingers on his right hand during Summer League play. The Oklahoma State product then missed 21 games, including 18 in a row from November 22 to December 27, while recovering from a lower-leg injury. Smart went on to play in the Celtics' final 52 contests. Smart scored 15 points or more points in twelve games, including two season-high games of 26 points. When healthy, Smart's tenacious defense kept him firmly in coach Brad Stevens' deep rotation. Unfortunately, Smart's shooting actually declined. His field goal percentage dipped from 37% as a rookie to 35% this past season. Despite usually coming off the bench, Smart played in 27 minutes per contest, fifth highest on the team. Boston finished 48-34 and were swept by the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. Smart averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals through the four playoff losses.2016
Marcs Smart finished his third NBA season having collected 125 steals. The thefts ranked 12th in the NBA and highlighted Smart's tenacious defense, which Boston has come to rely on since early in Smart's rookie season. Smart appeared in 79 games with 24 starts. The Oklahoma State product was the ultimate sixth man for Boston, backing up both Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley in the backcourt, as well as Jae Crowder at small forward. Smart's versatility proved very helpful to Boston, leading the team in steals, and finishing second in assists and free throw percentage. Of concern was Smart's accuracy, as he finished the season shooting 36 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the arc. Smart's Celtics finished at 53-29, the best record in the Eastern Conference. Boston defeated the Bulls and then the Wizards in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Smart replaced an injured Thomas in the starting lineup versus a Cavalier club that was up 2-0. Smart drained seven three pointers and scored 27 points to help beat Cleveland. But the C's would lose the ECF in five games.2017
Marcus Smart finished his fourth season in the NBA with stats similar to those produced during his first three seasons. The tenacious guard defended with passion and grit, but struggled with his shooting accuracy. For the fourth season in a row, Smart shot below 37% from the field. That said, the box score has never accurately portrayed Smart's value to the Celtics. Coach Brad Stevens relied, once again, on Smart's ability to defend multiple positions and also serve as the primary back-up point guard. Smarts distribution skills were again on display, as he trailed only Kyrie Irving with 4.8 assists per game, a career high. On November 27th, Smart scored a season-high 23 points in a loss to the Pistons. In late January, Smart suffered a hand abrasion that forced the veteran to miss 11 games. Then, on March 16th, a torn ligament in his right thumb forced him to miss the rest of the season and four playoff games. The two injuries forced Smart to appear in only 54 games, his lowest career total. During the playoffs, Smart and Terry Rozier filled in admirably for an injured Kyrie Irving, helping Boston reach the Eastern Conference Finals, ultimately losing in seven games to the Cavaliers.2018
For the first time in Marcus Smart's NBA career, Smart finished the season shooting over 42 percent from the field. The improvement was significant considering Smart shot 36 percent from the field over his first four NBA seasons. No one has ever questioned Smart's superior defensive effort. That effort was finally recognized this season, as Smart was named to the All-Defensive First Team, his first such award. His career-high 143 steals (1.8 per game) ranked third in the Association. Smart also played in a career-high 80 games. He was a starter in 60 of those contests which was also, by far, a career high. Smart scored 20-plus points four times during the season. In a Jan. 28 win over the Nets, Smart exploded for 21 points, seven assists, five steals and two blocks. Smart's Celtics finished at 49-33, beat the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, but then lost in five games to the Bucks in the second round.
June 26, 2014Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
July 5, 2014Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Boston Celtics. Contract includes club options for a third and fourth season.
July 19, 2018Signed, as a free agent, a four-year agreement with the Boston Celtics.