When fans think about the best shooters in the NBA, the usuals probably come to mind: Steph, Klay, Harden...but do they ever talk about Celtics guard Marcus Smart? Because it seems like we should start recognizing just exactly what Smart has done to improve his overall game.
After signing a four-year $52 million extension with the Celtics last offseason, Smart has gotten into a shooting groove as a result of improving his shot last summer, a
Since Jan. 1, Marcus Smart has been the most accurate three-point shooter in the Eastern Conference. @BryanKalbrosky breaks down the numbers and what changed for the 24-year-old: https://t.co/JMI4fqx2yu— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 7, 2019
Marcus Smart's 3-point shooting …— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 9, 2019
Before this season: 29.3%
Since Nov. 9: 38.5%
Since Dec. 15: 44.2%
A look at one of the secrets to Smart's efficiency: https://t.co/uz3atAOa4L
With a consistent 3, @Gary_Tanguay thinks Smart could be an All-Star. From Early Edition: pic.twitter.com/cR9bP7cD3R
Defenders may want to start respecting Smart's shot soon, or else he will just continue to cash in.
He even said so himself: "I love it when they leave me alone. It's my shot. I can shoot it."
We'll see if Smart can continue to ride his hot hand, or if this was all just a mirage, but with an improved overall game, Smart could become the Celtics most valuable two-way player.