While it was Evan Turner who got the start in Friday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it was Marcus Smart who closed out the game at the point guard position in a 114–98 Celtics victory. While the commentary was very much centered on the Rajon Rondo trade and the inaugural game of the Smart era, Kelly Olynyk was undoubtedly the MVP, continuing his career week with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Olynyk, the 13th pick in last year’s draft out of Gonzaga, has exhibited sky-high confidence this week, including a 30-point outing against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, his fellow Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the last two number-one picks, showed little for the lottery-bound team. Wiggins, who shot just 2-for-10 last night and scored a mere five points, was the alleged prize in last year’s draft, and a supposedly valid reason to tank. While it is still far too early to criticize Wiggins, who will undoubtedly still become a solid NBA player, Smart, with his inevitable rise in minutes, may become a dark horse candidate for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. Continue reading Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves »