‘Yet this so-called non-leader is the only one who got them to the final’: Marcus Smart on not being the quintessential PG

Marcus Smart opens up on the story that he’s not a real point guard and how the Celtics need a star point guard.

Although the Celtics fell to the Warriors in six games in the Finals, they have had a successful 2021-22 campaign. While the Cs didn’t have the best start to the season, rookie coach Ime Udoka and his team took control after the All-Star break, continuing a 17-5 streak.

The No. 1 defensive team through the regular season and playoffs, the Celtics were looking to win their franchise’s 18th championship. However, the young outfit weren’t ready at the moment, facing the Splash Brothers and Draymond Green at the final stage.

One of the biggest highlights of the Cs season remains their elite defense, with recently crowned DPOY Marcus Smart leading from the front. The 28-year-old is one of the league’s top lockdown defenders, also leading the Celtics’ offense through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

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Recently, Smart shunned the league’s idea of ​​having a star point guard on the roster, adding how he led the Celtics to the Finals.

‘I hear the talk of ‘He’s not a real playmaker’ and this and that’: Marcus Smart applauds his naysayers.

There’s no denying that Smart has shown transcended growth in his chart as a player. The former Oklahoma State player is one of the few PGs with defense as his benchmark. One of his most underrated qualities remains his ability to lead a team.

In recent Finals, Steve Kerr and Draymond Green have praised Smart, especially the latter’s leadership and versatility as a guard. Coach Kerr pointed out that Smart’s offense didn’t get his credit. The likes of Kerr and Green giving such kind of praise means something.

In a guard-dominated era, many believe Smart is the wrong choice for the C’s, given that he has no star power and isn’t the quintessential PG. Nonetheless, Smart had had enough of the muttering and would break his silence by saying the following.

Smart had an impressive run in the Finals, averaging 15.2 PPG, 5.0 APG, 4.5 RPG, and 1.5 SPG. The Celtics PG were 41.2% from the 3-point line.

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