Q&A: Marcus Smart makes his summer league debut

Former Oklahoma State star finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting for the Celtics’ team in Orlando.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 5, 2014

Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, the sixth overall pick by Boston, made his summer league debut on Saturday. After a rough first half in which he was scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting with just one assist, Smart finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting to go along with five rebounds, three assists and one blocked shots against one turnover. Here’s some of what he said after the game.

Q: You got off to a rocky start but appeared to settle down and play more under control. What was the difference?

A: The first half, I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous. It was my first pro game, with a new group of guys. It was a little nerve-racking. But the second half, I got the jitters out and kind of calmed down and just went out there and just started playing.

You played a little bit at point guard and shooting guard. Where did you feel most comfortable?

I feel comfortable at both, really. We have a great guard with Phil (Pressey), so they decided to put me at (shooting guard), which, I was totally fine with that. I kind of got to get out in the open court, and it let me use my athleticism and physicality. But I was also fine playing (point guard) when they moved me to it and give Phil a break.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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