10 interesting facts about Marcus Smart
- Marcus Smart is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was traded to the Grizzlies from the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal involving Kristaps Porzingis and Tyus Jones on December 15, 2023.
- He played college basketball for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Celtics.
- He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2021–22 season, becoming only the sixth guard in NBA history to win the award.
- He has also been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team three times and is a three-time NBA Hustle Award winner, winning it in 2019, 2022 and 2023.
- He helped the Celtics reach the NBA Finals in 2022, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
- He holds the Team USA U18 record for steals over a five-game period when he grabbed 18 during the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Brazil.
- He attended Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, along with one of his future Oklahoma State teammates, Phillip Forte. During his senior year, he averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5 assists.
- He was also named a McDonald’s All-American and was an ESPNHS first team All-American in high school. He achieved a record of 115–6 through three seasons and was a two-time 5A state champion.
- He is the son of Billy Frank Smart and Camellia Smart, who died of myelodysplastic syndrome on September 16, 2018. He has three older brothers: Todd Westbrook (deceased), Jeff Westbrook, and Michael Smart.
- He has a tattoo on his chest that reads “Loyalty is everything” and another one on his right arm that reads “Smart way” with a basketball and a cross.