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In Boston, Marcus Smart should get the best of both worlds in terms of on- and off-the-job training.
On the job, he'll see immediate minutes as a backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo, as well as some minutes alongside him at the 2, where his versatility and defense come into play.
Off the job, he'll have one of the brightest veteran point guards and young coaches to develop under.
Coach Brad Stevens made some comments regarding Smart's immediate outlook and development to Boston.com's Brian Robb:
Marcus is another guy I was thrilled that he was there at six because he’s physically ready to play and he competes every single minute of every single day. That will do nothing but help your team, regardless of what position he’s playing at. I expect him to play some off the ball and expect him to play some with the ball, but he’s a young guy. He’s going to be playing with a guy there [in Rondo] who has been in the league for a long time and can help him learn about it. I think it will be great for both of them.
Smart ultimately needs to improve his decision-making, which will be easier to do in Boston, where he won't have an entire team to carry like he did at Oklahoma State. And he needs to work on that jumper, but having hit 87 three-pointers in two years in college, it's not broken—it just requires more minutes, reps and higher-percentage looks to improve his shooting consistency.
At 220 pounds with a 6'9" wingspan, Smart has the physical tools to step right in and hold his own, and given his strengths as a passer and defender, Stevens should have a reason to play him immediately.