Marcus Smart is not one of the first names when discussing the surprising playoff run of the Boston Celtics, but he believes it's time he gets paid for it.
In an interview with Michael Pina of VICE Sports, who ran on Thursday, the Celtics Guardian said he is disrespectful that he is not considered an elitist defender.
"I was a great defender all my life," he said. "It's kind of embarrassing when I see or hear people, and I'm not even mentioned in any defensive teams or discussions or anything like that." It's a slap in the face.
"I understand it. It's all about popularity, "Smart added." You tell me who in the league is a better defender than I am, especially on the sidelines. There are not many people. Guys in this league know the kind of defender I am, and they know that if you go up against me, you have to bring them because I bring mine with me. "
The 24-year-old Smart is indeed one of the most underrated players in the league – his hectic pace and versatile physical defenses make up a crucial part of the Celtics' zeitgeist, but as he suggests, Smart has in his four NBA seasons have not yet formed an all-defensive team, and outside of Boston he's largely rested.
No matter, the former lottery pick turns out to be a valuable postseason in more ways than one, helping the Celtics to a final It would certainly be a way for Smart to finally earn some respect for these parts.