Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart a vocal leader for team

Marcus Smart (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
Marcus Smart (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /

Marcus Smart may not have the biggest impact in the stat department, but he is a great leader for the Boston Celtics.

I don’t know what it is about Marcus Smart, but he is one of the Boston Celtics most beloved players. Smart has helped the Celtics a lot this season.

Smart’s value isn’t shown in the stats. He is only averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4 assists a game. These aren’t really that impressive.

But that is not why Celtics fans love Smart. We love him for his passion and the energy he brings to games.

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Boston could be losing by 20 points and Smart would still be diving for loose balls. He is always going 100 miles per hour.

It seems like this season Smart has taken on more of a leadership role. He just signed a new deal in the offseason and is committed to Boston. He is being vocal and motivating the team to do better.

"“I am constantly telling these guys that a lot of games that we’re going to win aren’t going to be pretty,” Smart said prior to the Celtics’ practice on Tuesday. “If you are trying to be pretty then this isn’t the game for you. You have to be able to get your nose bloodied and get dirty to win these games.”"

I love to see Smart challenging the team and making them realize that they are going to have to fight.

Early on in the season, it seemed like the Boston Celtics expected to walk on the court and immediately win a game. This is the NBA. The best of the best. If you want to win you need to play well.

This is one of the many reasons that the Smart re-signing was a smart move by Danny Ainge. In the age of analytics, you can’t measure the factor of having a great locker room guy like Smart. The guard is also an amazing defender and his hustle can create some unique scoring opportunities.

I’m glad to see Marcus Smart getting a shot in the starting lineup. He may not be there for long, but whenever he is in the game he energizes the team. If Smart keeps doing that I won’t complain.

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It’s plain and simple. When it comes to Marcus Smart, the stats don’t matter.