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Celtics search for "true" point guard is over

 Marcus Smart is not a "true" anything - except one Hell of a pro basketball player that does what is required to win games. 

Boston has had its share of "traditional" point guards - Bob Cousy, K C Jones, JoJo White and Rajon Rondo, to name a few. But The Green fared quite well in the 80's with a non-traditional back court pairing of Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge. The Celtics even tried Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker in that role, both of which, for varioous reasons, didn't work out.

Now comes Smart at the point - with a lot of fans, analysts and sports writers naysaying the trial as a future failed venture. Why? Because supposedly, the Celtics needed a true point guard to guide them - not some defensive specialist whose offensive game often sputtered.

All that has changed. Marcus Smart is orchestrating a team that has the best record (17-4) in the NBA and often produces vibes of being able to waltz into possession of the 2023 Championship trophy. Marcus is averaging a career-high 7.5 assists per game, and only 2.1 turnovers per contest. He is also hitting career-highs of 44% from the field and 86% from the charity stripe.

In Boston's 140-105 romp over the Charlotte Hornets, he put up a double-double (22 points, 15 rebounds), coming away with a plus/minus of +44, second only to Jayson Tatum's +45. The Celtics have no need for a "true" point guard. The search is over!


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