The 6'4 guard averaged 7.8 PPG, 3.1 APG, 3.3 RPG and 1.5 SPG in 27 minutes in his rookie campaign. Smart's ability to hit big shots, defend his man, and maintain poise has drawn praise from Coach Stevens and others around the league.
Inexplicably, Celtics rookie James Young received a vote:
In 10.7 MPG, Young averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds. Most of his time was spend in Maine with the Red Claws where he had some brilliant games. Though considering Young's strong performances were exclusively in the D-League, it's dumbfounding he picked up a vote.
Both Young and Smart are full of potential. While Young continues to develop his skills, Smart is obviously already more integrated into the "now" plan. Hopefully the All-Second Team recognition will only fuel Smart's fire to get better as Celts fans expect signs of improvement in his sophomore campaign.