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Celtics don't need a "pure" point guard

 A number of analysts around the NBA believe Marcus Smart is not the right guy to be relied upon as the primary point guard. But aside from his questionable shot selection, he may be near-perfect in that role, particularly with Al Horford back in Boston.


Possibly the greatest NBA team ever assembled, the 1985-86 Champion Celtics, had Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge sharing duties at the point, and nether was considered a "pure" point guard. In the regular season, Larry Bird led his team with 6.8 assists/game from the forward position, followed by DJ with 5.8 APG and Ainge with 5.1 APG. The facilitation dropped off tremendously after that.

Smart was high man in assists for Boston last season with 5.7 APG, followed by Kemba Walker with 4.9 APG - Jayson Tatum with 4.3 APG - Jaylen Brown with 3.4 APG - and Evan Fournier with 3.1 APG. If the Jay Team can boost their assist numbers slightly - and if Fournier sticks in Beantown, Horford's re-addition could result in the five present Celtics combining for 21-23 assists per contest. Bird, Johnson and Ainge combined for 17.7 APG in 1985-86.

Ime Udoka referred to Marcus as a "foundational piece", and that means he will be relied on heavily to contribute to winning. I saw a few bad decisions by Smart late last season, and I blame that on his frustration. I expect that to be gone this time around. Looking at the way injuries to star players this post-season has made the outcome a crap shoot, I see no reason, with some much-needed good luck, The Green can't go deep into the playoffs in 2022. 


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