Danny Ainge reacts to Marcus Smart tying him in franchise leaderboard
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart just recently tied his boss, Danny Ainge, currently the team’s president of basketball operations, on the Celtics’ all-time three-point leaders list.
The former Celtics great took the news in stride and complimented Smart for this accomplishment, but also joked about trading his defensive guard to prevent him from bumping down the list.
Uh oh😱Trade deadline moved up to Monday🤣Marcus is a stud💪🏼☘️ https://t.co/kpueEphKvR
— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) December 9, 2018
Both now stand at 348 career threes with Boston.
Ainge played 556 career games with Boston in the 1980’s and won two titles in his stint with the green and white. The player-turned-executive did not really take a whole lot of threes in his seven and a half seasons with the Celtics. He attempted a total of 906 threes (1.6 per game), and converted on a 38.6 clip from beyond the arc.
Smart, on the other hand, is in his fifth season in Beantown. The stocky guard isn’t really known for being a great three-point shooter, but he isn’t afraid to hoist them up nonetheless. In 286 games so far, Smart has surpassed his boss for three-point attempts with 1,178 (shooting 4.1 per contest), but has only been a career 29.5 percent shooter from long distance.
However, Smart has eased up on his shots this season as the healthy Celtics are fully loaded with plenty of options on offense. Smart is averaging career-low numbers across the board, partly due to lesser minutes and a lesser role on offense.
Nonetheless, Smart is still a key piece for Ainge and the Celtics as he brings much a ton of hustle, effort, and tenacity, and remains as one of the team’s defensive anchors. This is why Ainge did not allow his defensive-minded guard to walk away in free agency.