- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Marcus Osmond Smart
- Nicknames: Cobra, Wolverine
- Date of Birth: March 6, 1994
- Age: 29 years
- Birthplace: Flower Mound, Texas, United States
- Billy Frank Smart
- Camellia Smart
- Marital Status:
- Married to Maisa Hallum
- Met in 2017
- Maisa’s Occupation: Creative director and founder of Sousa Swim
- Career Information:
- Current Team: Memphis Grizzlies
- Position: Point Guard and Shooting Guard
- Jersey Number: #36
- Previous Teams:
- Boston Celtics
- Maine Celtics (G-League affiliate)
- College Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys men’s basketball
- NBA Draft:
- Year: 2014
- Round: 1
- Pick: 6
- Selected by: Boston Celtics
- NBA Debut: October 29, 2014
- Experience: 9 years
- Current Team: Memphis Grizzlies
- Educational Background:
- College: Oklahoma State University
- High School: Edward S. Marcus in Flower Mound, Texas
- Recruiting Rank: 2012 (9)
- Physical Details:
- Height: 1.91 m (6-3)
- Weight: 99 kg (220lb)
- Wingspan: 2.06 m
- Shoots: Right
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Contract (with Boston Celtics, transferred to Grizzlies):
- Duration: Four years
- Total Value: $76,487,996
- Annual Salary: Approx. $19,121,999
- Net Worth: Approx. $20 million
- Contract (with Boston Celtics, transferred to Grizzlies):
- Other Details:
- Shoe Size: 14-15 (US)
- Social Media Handles:
- Twitter: smart_MS3
- Instagram: youngamechanger
Marcus Smart Stats
- Team: Boston Celtics (BOS), Memphis Grizzlies
- Games Played (GP): 581
- Games Started (GS): 360
- Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 30.0
- Points (PTS): 10.6 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 38.6% (3.6-9.2)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 32.3% (1.6-4.9)
- Free Throws (FT): 77.7% (1.9-2.4)
- Rebounds (REB): 3.5 RPG
- Assists (AST): 4.6 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.4 BPG
- Steals (STL): 1.6 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 2.6 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 1.9 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 6141
- Field Goals (FG): 2065-5349
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 911-2819
- Free Throws (FT): 1100-1416
- Rebounds (REB): 2056
- Assists (AST): 2700
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 2.5
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.8
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.148
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.47
- Double Doubles (DD2): 19
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 1
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 52
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 10
- Disqualifications (DQ): 9
- Ejections (EJECT): 11
With a reputation for being a tenacious defender and bringing energy to the floor, Marcus Smart has established himself as a cornerstone player in the NBA. His ability to make impactful plays on both ends of the court makes him an integral part of any team he’s a part of.
Marcus Smart 2023-24 Profile
Marcus Smart — the 6 foot 2, 220 pound Point Guard/Shooting Guard for the Memphis Grizzlies and 2022 Defensive Player of the Year — became something of a cult hero with Boston Celtics fans during his nine year tenure with the team. The Celtics faithful fell in love with the passion, hustle, and tenacity that Marcus Smart possesses. Yet, Marcus Smart’s time in Boston has come to an end.
This past June, the Celtics traded Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies. While this trade was shocking so many, since Smart seemed like his career would end in Boston, the bottom line is that Smart will start the 2023-24 season in a Grizzlies uniform. But how will the change effect his game?
In this article, we’ll discuss some of Marcus Smart’s general information, his pre-NBA background, his NBA career so far, and will predict how Smart’s 2023-24 season will pan out.
Marcus Smart General Information
Marcus Osmond Smart was born on March 6, 1994, in Flower Mound, Texas, USA. His parents are Billy Frank Smart and Camellia Smart. Just a few weeks ago, Marcus Smart married his longtime girlfriend, Maisa Hallum. The couple met in 2017, and Hallum’s last known job was as creative director and founder of Sousa Swim.
Last year, Marcus Smart signed a 4 year, $76,487,996 million contract with the Boston Celtics (which will carry over to his time with the Grizzlies), which makes for an annual average salary of $19,121,999. Smart has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Marcus Smart wears jersey number 36, and wears a size 14-15 (US) shoe.
Marcus Smart Background
Marcus Smart attended Edward S. Marcus High School in his hometown of Flower Mound. In his high school career, he achieved a record of 115–6 through three seasons and was a two-time 5A state champion. He was also named a McDonald’s All-American, and was listed as the No. 1 shooting guard recruit and the No. 10 player in the nation in 2012 by ESPN. On September 10th, 2011, Marcus Smart committed to play college basketball at Oklahoma State University.
During his freshman season at Oklahoma State, Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game and set a freshman Big 12 record when he recorded 99 steals in the season (an average of 3 per game). In this season, Smart won both Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year.
As a sophomore, Smart was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year. In the first game of the 2014 NCAA tournament, he finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals, becoming the first player in tournament history to record 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Yet, Oklahoma State lost to Gonzaga. During his two seasons at Oklahoma State, Smart averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 33.1 minutes per game.
On April 7, 2014, Smart declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. Two months later, Smart was selected with the 6th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
Smart’s NBA Career So Far
Marcus Smart averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 assists per game during his 2014-15 rookie season, which earned him a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Smart recorded his first career triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds during a win against the Phoenix Suns on January 15th, 2016. In doing so, Smart became the first Celtics player to record a triple-double off the bench since Art Williams did so in 1971. His scoring average increased to 9.1 points per game in year two.
After an injury plagued 2017-18 season, where Smart only played in 54 games, he earned himself a starting role for the Celtics during in 2018-19. Once this season ended, Smart was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the first time in his career. He also won the 2019 NBA Hustle Award, which is given to the NBA player that best utilizes hustle to help their teams win on a nightly basis.
Upon being one of the first NBA players to test positive for COVID in 2020, Smart went on have the best scoring season of his career in that shortened 2020-21 season, averaging 13.1 points per game. After the season, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second time.
Smart was named the 2021–22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year on April 18, 2022 — the first guard to win the award since 1996. He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for that 2021-22 season, receiving more first-place votes than any other NBA player.
Marcus Smart played a crucial role in the Celtics making it to the 2022 NBA Finals. In Game 3 of the Finals, Smart posted 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 116–100 win over the Golden State Warriors. But the Celtics ultimately lost to the Warriors in six games. Smart won his second NBA Hustle Award after the season.
Smart also had an excellent 2023 NBA Playoffs run, where he averaged 14.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. It was some of the best basketball he has ever played. Then, a few weeks after the season ended and he received his third NBA Hustle Award, Smart was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Marcus Smart 2023-24 Season Forecast
Although Marcus Smart is listed as 6 foot 2, he has a 6 foot 9 inch wingspan — which helps him to be a world-class defender. His defensive tenacity, combined with timely shooting and leadership qualities, will make Marcus Smart an instant fan favorite in Memphis. And now that he’s playing alongside Ja Morant, who will handle much of the offensive burden, Smart can now focus more on his defense than ever. He’ll likely be guarding the opposing team’s best Guard every night; a challenge Smart is surely up for. For that season, I predict Marcus Smart’s points per game might decrease some, perhaps down to 10 points per game from the 11.5-13.1 it has been in recent years. But Smart’s value isn’t solely about scoring. The Grizzlies will become a more tenacious, passionate team with Smart on their roster, as he always seems to bring out the hustling spirit within his teammates. For that reason, Smart’s tenure with the Grizzlies is almost sure to be a success — and I wouldn’t be surprised if he helps leads them to a deep playoff run in 2023-24.
Marcus stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 220 pounds, and has a wingspan of 2.06 meters. He shoots with his right hand and wears a US shoe size between 14-15.
After spending nine years with the Celtics and becoming a fan favorite for his passion and hustle, Marcus Smart was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in June.
Marcus Osmond Smart is a professional NBA player, currently playing as a Point Guard and Shooting Guard for the Memphis Grizzlies.
He is often referred to as “Cobra” and “Wolverine.”
Marcus Smart was born on March 6, 1994, in Flower Mound, Texas, USA.
Marcus began his NBA career with the Boston Celtics, had a stint with the Maine Celtics (G-League affiliate), and currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.
His parents are Billy Frank Smart and Camellia Smart. He is married to Maisa Hallum, who he met in 2017. Maisa is the creative director and founder of Sousa Swim.
Marcus was the 6th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, selected by the Boston Celtics.
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