Boston’s Marcus Smart is the player Draymond Green used to be

Draymond Green's reputation precedes it, but Marcus Smart is the real deal now.

Draymond Green’s reputation precedes it, but Marcus Smart is the real deal now.
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Draymond Green brand is still strong enough Publicly fantasizing about LeBron James About playing with him and his podcast is a hot topic even as the Warriors went down a 2-1 hole against the Boston Celtics. Green, 32, still benefits the Golden State Warriors in many ways. He puts on shutters to break bones, switches to all five modes, and making his play stirs up the drink.

While the variety Draymond not only falls from trees, he has entered a phase in his career where he plays as Ben Simmons under bright lights, but with the irrational confidence of JR Smith. He’s unrepentant about firing rim-scratching, under-panel Tomahawks, and his inability to extend defense can neutralize the oomph that Steve Curry sometimes creates.

For the past eight years, he’s been a rare Swiss knife that has excelled at playing the defensive guard at Golden State’s vaulting shooter in Shangri-La. Before a back injury forced him to miss two months of tackles, Green was on his way to escaping with his second Defensive Player of the Year award. Instead, Marcus Smart, 28, He became the first goalkeeper since Gary Payton To earn the highest medal for defensive interceptions.

There is a destructive nature to both of their games. Smart and Green have built their reputation by deconstructing beautiful crimes with their one-of-a-kind brand. Green has become a major focus of the Golden State as an irreplaceable focal point for the past eight seasons. However, Marcus Smart became the player Draymond used to be. Smart described himself as the first 6-foot-4 in the NBA as the sixth man who could defend 1-5 in the body of a 6-foot-4 goalkeeper, but it was the move to point guard that cemented his position in the NBA hierarchy.

Smart Warp Defenses with its interchangeability and remains agile enough to make life more difficult for semi-gods like Carrie. In three games, Curry averaged 31.3 points per contest while shooting 48 percent from the field and from distance. When guarded by Smart, Curry had 12 points, shot 33 percent from outside the arc and 36 percent on aggregate. And in Game 3, Warriors shooters were zero to 9 when Smart defended. However, Smart has turned into an offensive threat that Green gave hints of becoming during the 2016 postseason season.

Like Green, Smart has been an emotional fulcrum for Boston. Every team of championship caliber needs a strong, fiery, and sometimes vicious leader. On the defending champion Bucks, it was BJ Tucker. Rajon Rondo took on the role at the 2020 Lakers and in 2019, Kyle Lowry sucked up the bruise fee and led by example. Smart’s criticism of the Celtics’ foul in November after failing to score a assist in 33 minutes was the kind that Draymond or Ben Simmons would laugh at.

“Every team knows we’re trying to go to Jason and Jaylen and every team programmed and studies to stop Jason and Jaylen,” Smart said after the Celtics. Lost a regular season start against Chicago. “I think the scouts’ report to everyone is to get these guys to try to pass the ball. They don’t want to pass the ball and that’s something they will learn.

Smart is more conservative than Green and Sulfur’s style, but their roles in their respective ecosystems are reminiscent of each other.

Unlike Green, Smart remained a real two-way threat and a viable third option for Tatum and Brown. In Game 3, Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum became the first trio to score 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a Final since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper in 1984. In Game 2, he scored only two points, but In Boston’s win in the Finals, he was positive on both ends as he scored 42 points from 53 percent shooting, drained 50 percent of his threes and distributed nine assists.

In Game 2 against Boston, Green threw a wrench into the gears of the Celtics’ offensive machinations. However, an essential aspect of being a competitor’s number one guard dog is to be a neutral offensive playmaker so that opposing defenses cannot throw extra bodies at their stars on the other end. Unfortunately, Green was a loose grenade going around Golden State’s half-court attack.

There’s a reason he pushed himself In his second career. In his first season since 2019, the withdrawal was remarkable. In 2022, Green was a shell to himself for 2019. He’s averaging seven minutes less per competition, but his efficiency has reached alarming lows. With three games in the Finals, Green shoots 36 percent from the field, 0 to 7 from distance and has scored just 15 points – in the entire series. This is how many points Green scored per game in the 2016 Postseason. Even in the charity strip, Green drains less than a quarter of his attempts after hovering around the 70 percent range for most of his career.

Green’s offensive productivity has dIt has been running since 2019. The trend has accelerated in this post-season and doubled in the finals. Three years ago, Green helped prop up the Warriors after Durant strained his calf in the conference semi-finals. In 22 games, Green averaged 13.3 points while connected with 49.8% of his attempts and collected 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 steals, and 8.5 assists.

In this post-season, he’s been averaging individual numbers in points and rebounds on his awful shooting splits. He should be a glorified assistant coach along the lines of Udonis Haslem, but Greene’s intensity as a defender and sonar passing keep him committed to the starting lineup.

Green still has his moments, but they are getting fewer and farther away. Green has two years left on his deal after this season, but the Warriors are likely to make costly extensions to Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins this summer. If Green doesn’t pull off some bounce back in the Finals, the Warriors will have to think about what to do with him before he’s an albatross on the payroll and on the ground.

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