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Where should Marcus Smart rank in the NBA?

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How do you weigh Smart’s defense, which probably still ranks in the top quarter of the league at least, against his offense, which wouldn’t even sniff a top-100 list? These lists seem to weigh it heavily, given Smart’s borderline top-50 status in the league, which was top-40 in ESPN’s case last winter.

“Now entering his prime with an outside shot that remains up and down from year to year, Smart’s physical tenacity still endears him to teammates and coaches, even when he’s a bit too overzealous with the jumper,” Michael Pina wrote for SI.

Smart’s 33% three-point percentage last year tied for 142nd in basketball last season. According to Cleaning the Glass, 2021 marked the first season where opponents scored the same amount of points per possession against Boston whether Smart was on or off the floor, roughly league average. Smart deserves the benefit of the doubt for an off year in an odd season for the entire league.

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