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Marcus Smart Had A Funny Response To NBA Analyst Saying He Is The DPOY: "To Be Jedi Is To Face The Truth..."

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Marcus Smart is one of the best defensive guards in the league. He is a pest on the perimeter, and can often disrupt opposing ballhandlers. There is no doubt that he's annoying to face for any perimeter star.

Traditionally, big men are the ones that end up winning the DPOY award. However, some like Seth Partnow of The Athletic, have suggested that Marcus Smart should be the DPOY this season as he excels in the Boston Celtics' defensive scheme. 

That last point in particular sticks out to me. We’ve been so accustomed to DPOY being a big-man award that the increased value of a point guard who can not only survive but prosper in a defense in which he is called upon to guard much larger players with regularity is overlooked. If Adebayo had played just a few more games, I would probably lean toward him given the stark contrast in Miami’s performance with and without him on the floor. However, Smart will end up playing around 500 more minutes. Considering how much he unlocks and excels in Boston’s scheme, and maybe because he bullied me on Twitter, my pick as of today would be the Boston guard.

Marcus Smart has recently responded to a Tweet by The Athletic that contained Partnow's opinion, with a funny quote from the Star Wars movie franchise. From his Tweet, Marcus Smart clearly believes that he is the DPOY. Gary Payton once notably said that Marcus Smart is the only player that can guard like him 1 on 1, and it's easy to see why people, including Smart himself, would think he's a DPOY-type player.

It remains to be seen if Marcus Smart does end up winning the DPOY award. There are definitely some competitors for the awards, such as Rudy Gobert and Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, it seems as though there is a chance he could end up getting the honor.

The Boston Celtics have been surging over the second half of the season, and Marcus Smart has been key to their improvement. Hopefully, we see him get his recognition at the end of the season, and even if he doesn't get the DPOY, there's a good chance he'll be on one of the All-Defensive teams.