29. Marcus Smart
As of this writing, Marcus Smart is entering his ninth season in the NBA, all of which have been with the Boston Celtics.  The 2014 6th Overall Pick from Oklahoma State, Smart was a good pickup for the Celtics and earned Second Team All-Rookie honors with a 7.8 Point and 1.5 Steals per Game season.  Smart would later have two straight seasons where he averaged over 10 Points per Season (2016-17 & 2017-18), and while he dipped below that season, he was sixth in Steals per Game and first in Steal Percentage, which would secure him a First Team All-Defensive Selection.  He repeated his First Team All-Defensive honor in 2020, and his glove-like accumen secured Smart as the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year.

Smart might not be the most efficient player, but he leaves everything he has on the court, and was a worthy recipient of the 2019 and 2022 Hustle Award, the third player to win the trophy.  This is a player whose defense could gain him forever stardom.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Point Guard, Shooting Guard
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 6th Overall in the NBA Draft 5/20/14.
  • Games Played: 520
  • Per Game Averages: 29.8 MP
    .466 eFG%
    .780 FT%
    10.5 PTS
    3.6 RB
    4.5 AST
    1.6 STL
    0.4 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 12.5 PER
    .511 TS%
    7.2 VORP
    29.5 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Defensive Player of the Year (2022)

    First Team All-Defensive (2019, 2020 & 2022)
    Second Team All-Rookie (2015)
    Hustle Award (2019 & 2022)
    Highest Steal Percentage (2018-19)

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