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Celtics’ Marcus Smart happy with All-Defensive First Team inclusion, but says he wants a banner

Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics combo guard Marcus Smart made the All-Defensive First Team this season and he’s very proud of that accomplishment.

However, Smart says his ultimate goal is still to win a championship with the Celtics, a goal Boston fell short of this season.

The Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs in five games. The whole 2018-19 season was dysfunctional for Boston. The team was just never able to get on the same page and live up to the preseason hype.

Smart played in 80 games during the regular season. He averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line. Smart is one of the best one-on-one defenders in the league, so it’s about time he got named to an All-NBA Defensive team.

It’s going to be an interesting summer for the Celtics. Star point guard Kyrie Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent once he declines his 2019-20 player option. Irving has been heavily linked to signing with the New York Knicks with Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.

Boston is also expected to try and trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar big man Anthony Davis.

If the Celtics acquire Davis, Irving most likely stays in Beantown.