Marcus Osmond Smart popularly known as Marcus Smart is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Marcus Smart Early Life
Marcus Osmond Smart was born on 3rd June 1986 in Flower Mound, Texas, United States to Billy Frank Smart and Camellia Smart, who died of myelodysplastic syndrome on September 16, 2018. He also has three elder brothers- Todd Westbrook (deceased), Jeff Westbrook, and Michael Smart.
Marcus Smart Relationship
In the 2022 Christmas, it was revealed that Marcus is engaged to his girlfriend Maisa Hallum, a creative director, and businesswoman.
Marcus Smart Career
On June 26, 2014, Marcus Smart was drafted sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft. He joined the Celtics in the 2014 NBA Summer League and signed with the team on July 10. However, in just his fifth NBA game, Smart sprained his left ankle in the Celtics’ 101-98 win over the Indiana Pacers on March 7. He underwent an MRI after the game and was sidelined for two to three weeks. After missing ten games due to injury, Smart returned on December 3 against the Detroit Pistons. But on December 4, he was assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. He was recalled the day after playing in Maine’s win against the Erie BayHawks. On March 18, 2015, he scored a season-high 25 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, on March 21, he was suspended without pay for punching San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner in the groin the night before. On May 18, Smart was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, winning 142 points in the voting.
On July 16, 2015, while playing for the Celtics in the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League, Smart dislocated two fingers on his right hand. Then on November 15, 2015, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 100–85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But between November 22 and December 26, Smart missed 18 games with a left calf injury. He returned to action on December 27 against the New York Knicks, scoring six points in 13 minutes off the bench. On January 15, 2016, Smart recorded his first career triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in a win against the Phoenix Suns. He became the first Celtics player to post a triple-double off the bench since Art Williams did it in 1971. On January 31, he scored a career-high 26 points in a loss to the Orlando Magic.
On November 9, 2016, Smart achieved a season-high of 20 points in a 118-93 loss against the Washington Wizards. He also scored a three-pointer in 47 seconds and 15 points on December 25, helping the Celtics to defeat the New York Knicks 119-114. On January 7, 2017, he accomplished another season-high with 22 points in a 117-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 21, Smart started in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas and contributed to the Celtics’ 111-108 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers by scoring 27 points, including seven 3-pointers. Boston was behind in the first two games of the series, and they managed to come back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter of Game 3. However, they lost the series in five games.
On November 27, 2017, Smart had a season-high 23 points and hit six out of nine 3-point attempts in a 118-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons. However, he had to sit out for 11 games between January 24 and February 14 due to a hand injury he sustained from hitting glass in the team hotel in Los Angeles. On March 16, 2018, he suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb, which kept him out of the rest of the regular season. Smart returned for the first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing the Celtics’ first four playoff games. He came off the bench and contributed nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in a 92-87 win to give the Celtics a 3-2 lead.
On June 29, 2018, the Celtics made a qualifying offer to keep Smart as a restricted free agent. He later re-signed with the team on a four-year, $52 million contract on July 19. Smart had his first double-double of the season on November 9, 2018, with 13 points and 10 assists in a 123-115 loss to the Utah Jazz. However, he had to miss the end of the regular season and the first round of playoffs due to a concussion. He returned in the second round of the playoffs and was later named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team after the season.
On January 19, 2020, Marcus Smart scored a career-high 37 points against the Phoenix Suns, setting a new Celtics single-game record for 3-pointers with 11 out of 22 attempts. On March 20, 2020, he announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, shortly after teammate Rudy Gobert had also tested positive, which led to the suspension of the NBA season. Smart was one of the first NBA players to speak publicly about the seriousness of COVID-19 and urged the community to take the disease seriously. He was later cleared of the virus on March 29, 2020, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second time after the season ended.
However, on April 28, 2021, Smart was suspended for one game without pay for using threatening language toward a game official.
On August 16, 2021, the Boston Celtics signed Marcus Smart to a four-year, $77 million contract extension. He was named the team’s starting point guard by new head coach Ime Udoka, a role he held throughout the 2021-2022 season and the playoffs. Smart’s transition to the starting point guard was seen as a major factor in the team’s success that season. However, he was suspended for the team’s final preseason game in October 2021 after failing to fly to Florida.
Smart was selected for the 2021-2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year on April 18, 2022. He is the first guard to win the award since Gary Payton won it in 1996 and the fifth guard in NBA history to win the award. He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, receiving more first-place votes than any other player.
During the playoffs, Smart had a playoff-high 12 assists and 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in a 127–102 win over the Miami Heat. In Game 7 of the series, Smart recorded 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in a 100-96 victory over the Heat. This win advanced the Celtics to the NBA Finals for the first time in his career and the team’s first appearance in the finals since 2010. In Game 3 of the Finals, Smart had 24 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in a 116–100 win over the Golden State Warriors. However, despite the strong performances by Smart, the Celtics ended up losing the series in six games.
Marcus Smart Net Worth
The Boston Celtics American defenseman has a net worth of $15 million. Marcus Smart signed a four-year, $77 million contract with the Boston Celtics. In addition to that, he also endorsed the shoe brand Adidas. He was featured in Adidas commercials alongside Joel Embiid and other top-six picks, helping him gain worldwide popularity.
Marcus Smart Education
He completed his schooling at Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. Later, he enrolled at the Oklahoma State University.
Marcus Smart Shoe
Selected sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft, Marcus Smart signed with Puma after spending several seasons with Adidas. Smart has used the Court Rider 2.0 shoes the most this season.
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Marcus Smart Physical Stats
|Height||6 feet 4 inches|
Marcus Smart Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Marcus Osmond Smart|
|Date of Birth||3rd June 1986|
|Birthplace||Flower Mound, Texas, U.S.|
|Parents||Father- Billy Frank Smart|
Mother- Camellia Smart
|School||Marcus High School|
|College||Oklahoma State University|