The 2018-19 Celtics season wasn’t a memorable one by any measure, but two guys were able to carve out their spot in NBA history this season. Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving.
On Wednesday, Marcus Smart was officially selected to his 1st All-Defensive team, after receiving 1st Team All-Defensive honors. This comes after years of waiting for Smart. Marcus, year after year, would be on that All-Defensive line, but was never able to crack into 1st or 2nd team. Celtics fans knew he deserved this one. Every night, Marcus brings that energy, toughness, and fight to the floor that no one else has. Although this is Marcus Smart’s 1st All-Defensive selection, voters can’t deny this could’ve been at least his 3rd. No one was more deserving than Smart this year. And that’s saying a lot when you look at the two teams. Names on the other list include Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Rudy Gobert rounding out the 1st team and Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Joel Embiid, Draymond Green, and Kawhi Leonard rounding out the 2nd team. To think Marcus Smart was one of the best defenders out of all of these guys is crazy to think. Smart fuels Boston and has finally been rewarded.
This is the first NBA All-Defensive recognition for Marcus Smart
He becomes the first Celtics player to earn All-Defensive First Team honors since Avery Bradley in 2015-16 https://t.co/ObZQ2zazEY
— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) May 22, 2019
The very next day, on Thursday, the 2nd Celtic was given honors, this time for an All-NBA. That Celtic was Kyrie Irving, who was selected to the All-NBA 2nd Team. Kyrie Irving, away from the locker room and all the drama, had a quietly great season for the Celtics. Looking at his numbers, Kyrie averaged 23.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.9apg, and 1.5spg on 48.7% shooting from the field and 40.1% shooting from 3. The efficient season from Kyrie earned him his 2nd career All-NBA selection, with the 1st coming when he was only 23 years old, in 2015. With only the 2nd All-NBA selection under Kyrie’s belt and him entering his prime, you’d have to think more All-NBA honors are coming his way in the future.
With all that went on with the Celtics this year, Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving’s play was able to shine through the cracks and give them the awards they both deserved.
By: Seamus Zarlingo