Marcus Smart was one of only two NBA rookies to be included on the Team USA Basketball Select Team that is participating in the Team USA Training Camp that began yesterday in Las Vegas.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) July 28, 2014
Along with Chicago’s Doug McDermott, Smart will get the opportunity to see how the USA Men’s Basketball Team prepares for the upcoming FIBA tournament, and flash his skills with the hopes of eventually making Team USA down the road.
While the possibility of Smart making a future Men’s team is all well and good, the most important part of this story is what Smart’s inclusion on the select team says about the type of player the Boston Celtics got when they drafted Smart. Celtcis fans who are worried about Smart’s shooting, or whether he can handle playing the point in the NBA, should walk away from this knowing that Boston got the only type of player that truly matters:
Remember, Smart was originally the ONLY non-NBA player invited to last year’s USA Basketball minicamp (McDermott was later added to the minicamp, as well), and his performance as a member of the under-19 squad that won gold in last year’s World Championships in Prague has only solidified the admiration that USA Basketball apparently has for him. (Smart averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 2.2 assists in nine games during the World Championships).
The fact that USA Basketball brought Smart back for this year’s training camp, over other rookies who have certainly garnered far more hype than Smart, only adds to the excitement I already have concerning this kid. Boston seems to have grabbed a true impact player, and I cannot wait to see him begin his NBA career with the Celtics this season.