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Has Marcus Smart taken Jaylen Brown's starting job?

December 05, 2018 - 8:59 am

Since the Celtics drafted Marcus Smart with the No. 6 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the jury has been out on whether or not he would develop into a decent scorer at the pro level. 

Smart's streaky shot has made him a mid-30 percent career shooter who chucked up too many 3-pointers with a spotty shot selection. But he always delivered on the defensive end of the floor, it was that part of his game that earned him a four-year, $52 million contract to stay in Boston over the summer. 

But now, he's showing his worth on both ends of the floor. On the latest Banner 18 podcast, Patrick Gilroy and Josue Pavon break down how Brad Stevens' decision to insert Smart into his starting lineup has made all of the difference on the defensive end and on offense and has led to the Celtics winning three games in a row. 

Gilroy highlights how one of the Celtics' signature problems this season has been their poor first-quarter performance and asks Pavon if Smart will be the long-term solution for Boston's slow start to games.

"One hundred percent," he answers. "Which is surprising because we're talking about Marcus Smart, obviously, I'm alluding to his offensive side of things and it's not his necessarily his scoring per se but it's playmaking abilities."

To listen the entire podcast, click here.