Marcus Smart is somebody that is universally loved by Boston fans. His hustle on the court is unmatched, and his willingness to win is incomparable. He’s not a type of player who fills up the stat sheet every night. He does things that don’t show up on the box score, and is a big reason why the Celtics win a lot of their games.
And just when we thought it couldn’t be possible, the Celtics may have found themselves Marcus Smart 2.0 in Grant Williams. His style of play almost mirrors Marcus’, except Grant Williams is a 6’7″ forward. Grant is a smart player who makes the right plays.
He averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game during summer league, and was a big reason why the team went 4-0 before playoffs began. He wasn’t that great of a three-point shooter in college, where he only shot 29%. He showed signs of having a consistent jump shot during summer league, where he shot 37% from three.
.@Grant2Will was one of the best rookies in the Vegas with averages of 13/6/2, but his impact went far beyond the numbers.
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One Celtics’ coach believes that both Marcus Smart and Grant Williams are very similar types of players. This anonymous coach also believes that because of the way Grant plays and produces on the basketball court, he could be due for minutes right away.
Everyone loves Marcus, right? Because he’s a dog, right? Grant is a bigger Marcus. He just gets after it. He made a bunch of plays here in Vegas that a rookie shouldn’t be able to read. He’s smart and plays hard. That’s a combo that gets guys minutes right away.
I’ve always wondered what Marcus Smart would look like if he was taller and had a bigger body, but I think I found my answer in Grant Williams. If Grant shows any flashes of Marcus Smart by hustling every time down the court, playing his ass off, and making game-winning plays, I think he’s going to be just fine in Boston.
Judging by the way Boston fans show love to Marcus Smart, if Williams comes in and plays with that same energy and winning mindset, it won’t be long before Boston fans soon fall in love with Grant Williams.
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