Since joining the Boston Celtics in 2014, Marcus Smart has become one of the better PGs in the NBA. Over eight years with the franchise, Smart has overseen his unit to make it to the playoffs every season except for his debut year.
Smart has averaged 10.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 1.3 steal during Boston's six-game winning run while shooting 45.6% from the field and 37.9% from three-point range.
The perfect partner never exists.
This year, Smart's passing prowess has shown through. He is Boston's offensive captain and runs the pick-and-roll masterfully.
Smart and Tatum's offense have terrific chemistry, frequently resulting in easy baskets early in the game. Tatum deserves praise for incorporating cutting into his repertoire, but Smart has excelled at delivering the ball to him at the ideal moment. Their success reminds everyone of the often underestimated value of consistency - chemistry doesn't happen overnight.
Excelling and making a name for the trio
Smart has been serving both Tatum and Jaylen Brown pretty well this season. This season, Smart has assisted Tatum 31 times while he has managed to assist Brown 29 times, as the duo keeps scoring some major buckets for the Celtics. The trio seems to be clicking on all levels this season, as well as the Celtics' eye for redemption for last season's Finals loss against the Warriors.
Smart's defense is never in question - he received the DPOY last season on the behest of an amazing run put forward by the Celtics team, which saw them reach the NBA Finals. Tatum and Brown were happy for their PG and called him the real star of the Celtics franchise.
If Smart can continue to play at this level on offense, the Celtics have the perfect no.3 to go all the way. We often praise players who stay loyal to their teams. Smart's name was often in trade rumors, but the Celtics stayed loyal to their point guard, and are reaping the benefits.