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Smart Decisions: Celtics Go Young in the Draft

SmartYoung6-26With the 6th and 17th picks in the 2014 NBA Draft the Celtics stayed the course and selected Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart and shooting guard James Young out of the University of Kentucky.

“I had both of these guys in my Top 11,” said Brad Stevens, who is going into his second year as the Celtics head coach. “We think they are ready. We think they fit well, and they’re guys that we want to have around for a long time.”

Smart, the Celtics 6th overall selection, averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in his sophomore season with the Cowboys.

“I like to think I have an NBA-ready body. I have a good basketball IQ… I’m a great team player and I like to win,” said the 20 year old from Flower Mound, Texas. Co-Owner’s Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca were also pleased with Thursday night’s selections. “We had these guys ranked higher than Danny drafted them, so our staff is ecstatic,” said Pagliuca. “We like the fact that he’s an instigator,” said Grousbeck on Smart. “Red told me that you need instigators, not retaliators. He’s a bull.”

When asked what immediate impact he could bring to the Celtics James Young, 18, said, “At the offensive end, just put a lot of points on the board.”

Young, a 6’6 215 pound scorer from Rochester Hills, Michigan, averaged 14.3 points per game in his lone season at Kentucky and was 6th in the SEC in points.

These picks, especially the Smart selection, gives the C’s some much needed flexibility with Rondo becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season and with Avery Bradley’s pending restricted free agency this offseason.

With the Celtics deciding to go with two guards and Boston not feeling the Love from Minnesota, does this mean the end of the Rondo era in Boston is nearing?

“This has nothing to do with Rajon Rondo,” said Grousbeck in a radio interview with “The Adam Jones Show” on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “We think (Smart) was the best available, and we think Rondo is one of the best point guards on the planet. We have a roster we have to manage next year, but we like them both.”

Young and Smart will be introduced in a press conference on Monday.

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