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?
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