The other day, I wrote about how excited Boston Celtics fans should be that Marcus Smart is one of only two NBA rookies playing for the USA Select Team at the Team USA Training Camp in Las Vegas this week.
Damn it if Smart isn’t making me look like a freaking genius.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 30, 2014
Celtics rookie Marcus Smart really opening eyes as member of Select Team in scrimmages vs Team USA. Going up against Kyrie, Rose, Wall, etc. — Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 30, 2014
No, Marcus Smart is not trying out for Team USA; he’s simply attempting to single-handedly kick Team USA’s ass as a member of the practice squad. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio went more in depth in his Team USA Report this morning:
One player making an impression: Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart, and he’s not even really trying out for Team USA. Instead, the No. 6 overall pick in the June draft is a member of the Select Team — which has been put together for the purpose of pushing national team candidates in practice. But Smart has more than held his own while playing with and against the likes of Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) and Derrick Rose (Bulls).
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 30, 2014
Meanwhile, rumors of Smart lacking an outside shot may be premature:
Marcus Smart is lighting it up. Just hit three consecutive 3s at #USAmbb minicamp
— Matt Gibson (@DimeMatt) July 29, 2014
Bottom line? Marcus Smart is kicking ass and taking names in Las Vegas against some very, very good NBA talent. Suddenly, the NBA preseason cannot come fast enough.