Marcus Smart was very proud to be the Celtics’ starting point guard last season.
“I hear the talk about ‘He’s not a real point guard,’ and this and that. “You need a star point guard,” Smart said. “We had star point guards, and yet this so-called non-point guard is the only one who took them to the finals.”
But Boston just traded with Malcolm Brogdon for another point guard.
Where is Smart?
Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:
According to the source – C’s aim is to continue with a lineup twice that size and that Malcolm Brogdon is seen as the sixth man behind Marcus Smart
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 1, 2022
So Boston will likely keep the starting lineup that just made it to the NBA Finals: Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Robert Williams.
Which leaves Brogdon, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard coming on the bench as a guard. That could get too crowded — especially considering the Celtics’ luxury tax liability.
When he joined the Pacers, Brogdon enjoyed becoming their starting point guard after playing for the Bucks shooting guard. So what does he think of taking a reserve role in Boston?
Brogdon, on The Athletic’s Jared Weiss:
“I want to win a championship, that’s actually it,” said Brogdon. “In the past I’ve worried about stats and numbers and all that. I’m going to Boston and I’m not worried about it.”
Players sometimes do this – until the team loses. Sacrifice is one thing. Sacrificing when it doesn’t get results is another.
But Boston might be good enough to avoid that problem.