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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 17:18

ESPN Boston: Marcus Smart's Rookie Season

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Chris Forsberg and the crew at ESPN Boston are organizing a series of discussions involving anything Boston Celtics. CLNS writers, Jared Weiss, along with myself, have been asked to participate. Let your voice be heard during the dog days of summer.

As the NBA lottery selection commenced on the night of May 20th, many Celtics fans were left with an all too familiar feeling. For all of the good the Celtics have done and accomplished as a franchise, the one aspect they have failed at has been winning the lottery.

Fans have the years etched in their minds; 1997 and 2007. Both years the Celtics had great opportunities to flourish as the league's ultimate loser and gain the number one pick. Instead, both years they tumbled.

This year, the Celtics fell one spot (five to six) from where they were projected to be by the lottery system. Fans clamoring for Wiggins, Parker, or Embiid would be forced to settle with sophomore guard Marcus Smart.

Unfortunately more known for his shove of an oppossing fan last season rather than his play at Oklahoma State, many forget that Smart had foregone being a top draft pick in 2013 to return to school for another year.

Smart has certainly battled his demons, but is in the process of learning how to channel his emotions for the good of the team. At the very worst, Smart at least projects to be an absolute ball hawk on defense. At best, Smart will be an All-NBA Team fixture, using his strength, tenacity, and instincts to be one of the game's top guards.

How will his rookie season turn out? Will he be a member of the All-Rookie Team? Or be another cog in the Celtics rotation?

Let your opinion be heard at ESPN Boston!

 

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Cory Prescott

Cory Prescott is the lead Boston Celtics columnist and also a Celtics beat reporter for CLNS Radio. 

Cory is a graduate of Susquehanna University, graduating with a degree in Communications - Journalism.  While at Susquehanna, Cory spent three years as the sports editor for the school's weekly newspaper.  He also worked for the Crusaders Athletics Communications Department.

Following graduation, Cory spent time writing for the Maine Hockey Journal, as well as Boston Sports Then & Now, in addition to his own blog, Brain Freeze.

A native Mainer, Cory has been residing in Boston for the past three years.

Follow Cory on twitter @CoryPrescott7.