Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) waves to the crowd as he leaves the stage after being selected as the number six overall pick to the Boston Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Roster: Marcus Smart Lighting Up Team USA?

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.


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).

And one report I read described Smart and Orlando’s Victor Oladipo as “taking it” to the Washington Wizards’ tandem of John Wall and Bradley Beal.


Meanwhile, rumors of Smart lacking an outside shot may be premature:


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.

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