Over the seasons, the name of Marcus Smart has often come up in transfer rumours. The Boston player was essential to the group, with his defense, his energy and his leadership, but his offensive limits were pointed out. Even more so when he became the starting playmaker, after failed experiments with Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker.
Today, he is coming off a season where he reached the Finals and won the defender of the year trophy, becoming the first outsider to win the honors since Gary Payton in 1996.
After this successful season, he can almost take over the famous » What are they going to say now? by Stephen Curry.
“I think I have proven a lot of things”he told the Boston Globe. “I heard the talk about me not being a real playmaker, that the Celtics needed a star in that position. We had stars and the only player who’s not a point guard led the franchise to the Finals. I think that says enough. I don’t need to add more. »
Does he have the feeling of finally being unanimous after eight seasons in Massachusetts? How does he react to the rumours, which sometimes continue to circulate around him?
» I’m still there. I am the oldest player in the team,” he recalls, he who arrived in 2014. “So I take it as a compliment, it means my value is quite high. If your name comes out, people want you. But I don’t pay attention to it. »