Marcus Smart Their order can now be updated.
In fact, at the beginning of March, this chirp ” That no defender was allowed to win the title of Defender of the Year, if he did not have the initials GP ‘,” referring to Gary Payton, the first leader in history to be elected DPOY, in 1996. But since that night, the Sonics legend is no longer alone in this deeply closed circle, because it is now possible to get the initials ‘MS’ to win The prestigious Defensive Player of the Year award.
Marcus Smart took the award ahead of Michal Bridges (202 points, including 22 first places) and Rudy Gobert (136 points, including 12 top places), bringing Marcus Smart (257 points, including 37 first places) to the limit. For 26 years of unchallenged dominance. In the “front court” [ailier, ailier-fort et pivot, ndlr]Especially the interiors…
” Understandably, it’s a cup dominated by the inside because they do a lot and help their team a lot in that aspect of the pitch. Moreover, he confided in him after his coronation. ” But their backs also give themselves, we are in the front line, we must first eliminate ourselves. And [ma victoire] It shows that it’s not impossible, the game is changing and defenders are getting more appreciation for doing things we shouldn’t be able to do at our size. »
Praised by Gary Payton Himself
The second Celtics player to be named Defender of the Year, after Kevin Garnett in 2008, Marcus Smart became above all the youngest winner of this individual distinction, tying with Sidney Moncrieff (1983, 1984): 1m 90!
” This honor. My teammates and I, and the entire Celtics organization, have been working hard to try and find out if [un arrière] You can change things by winning [ce trophée] Added former resident at Oklahoma State University. ” Today is finally the day that matters. When I arrived and saw [Gary Payton]Things started clicking in my head. »
Marcus Smart refers here to the sudden presence of Gary Payton at the Boston Training Center. Because “The Glove” was already there, along with all of the C players, to offer the 28-year-old leader his reward. I give him some compliments.
” You are someone who reminds me of myself. Everyone keeps asking me [quel joueur me rappelle le plus moi-même] And it is you. You defend the way we’re supposed to defend: With your heart, you’re moved by an inner fire Hall of Famer was fired.
The leader of the best defense in the country
Touched by his victory, Marcus Smart also wanted to say a few words to his older brother, Todd Westbrook, and his mother, Camellia, respectively, who died of leukemia and then cancer, in 2004 and then 2018.
” I wish my mom was still around, but she’s watching me from above and I think she helped me keep fighting to win this title. “, with the sixth selection for the 2014 project.” Every day I think of my brother and her, and then I come to work and do my best. It feels great to me, but I am glad to be able to share all of this with my loved ones. »
Captain of the current best defense in the league (106.2 points conceded for 100 possessions), and even more so than before by Ime Udoka on this side of the earth, Marcus Smart is rewarded for all his years of hard work. Years during which he sometimes failed to draw criticism from critics.
Not because of his defensive performance, which was for the most part convincing under Brad Stevens, but because of his offensive performance, which for a long time was considered insufficient for such a famous franchisor as Massachusetts.
” I’ve always said that without all these haters, I wouldn’t be able to go out and do what I’m doing. They inspire me and force me to be as great as possible. So all I can say to them is, “Thank you and keep it up.” “The guy is averaging 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals this season.
basketball intelligence abnormal In defense
And like any self-respecting defender, Marcus Smart managed to make up for his limits in attack (and in shooting, with only 38% in shots and 32% in 3 points in his career…) with an iron defence. Regardless of the position of his direct opponent, because he has no “mismatch” whatever happens.
This elite defense earned him (on average) to deflect 2.9 balls, recover 1.1 so-called “50/50” balls or compete 2.9 shots at a 3 point average. Plus causing (in total) 16 forced passages.
” My basketball IQ is exceptional, especially on this side of the court “, the Boston Warrior estimated, regarding his defensive performance.” I am able to see things that the majority of other players don’t see, I see things happening. I have a very good instinct and communication with my teammates makes their job easier as well. They don’t have to think too much, they just have to do and trust what I tell them. »
Happy to see the way the game is developing and allowing more young players to progress, in this NBA giving a standing of pride to permanent “Switches”, Marcus Smart is above all happy to see that all of his personal efforts weren’t there. In vain, by this address.
” I found something that works for me, an area I’m really good at and I tried to master it as best I could “The Defender of the Year 2022 is now concluded.” Winning this trophy means a lot, because it shows the hard work I put in. He finally paid it off and the recognition finally arrived. »
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