The 2020-21 season marked Smart's seventh season in the Association, all with the Boston Celtics. He began the season with 17 starts in Boston's first 18 games. On Jan. 20, MAH-cus (as the late, great Tommy Heinsohn would call him) scored a season-high 25 points, plus added four assists and four boards, in a loss at Philadelphia. A calf injury suffered on Jan. 30th versus the Clippers sidelined Smart through the All-Star break. Smart returned just after the break on Mar. 11 with 19 points and two assists in a loss at Brooklyn. On Mar. 25, the defensive stalwart drained a season-best seven three-points and posted 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a home win over the Bucks. On Apr. 30, Smart dished a career-best 12 assists during a home win over the Spurs. Smart ended the regular season with averages of a 13.1 points, 5.7 assists, 1.9 three-pointers, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks over 32.9 minutes per game. His points, assists and minutes per game were all career highs. Smart started all five of Boston's playoff games and delivered 17.8 points and 6.0 assists per post-season game against the Nets.2019
Smart's sixth NBA season was his best yet in terms of playing time and offensive production. He started 40 of his 60 appearances during the pandemic-shortened campaign, in the process setting a host of career highs: 32.0 minutes per game, 12.9 points per game, 4.9 assists, 2.3 made threes, 0.5 blocks and an 83.6 free-throw percentage. Smart excelled in the hustle stats, finishing 12th in the NBA with 3.2 deflections per game, and he paced the Celtics in both assists and steals (1.7 per game, just shy of his career high). On Jan. 18 against the Suns, Smart set a new personal best with 37 points -- thanks in large part to a career-high 11 made threes. His 22 long-range attempts in that game tied for the fourth-most in NBA history, and his 11 makes tied for seventh in league history. On Mar. 3 against the Nets, Smart double-doubled with 14 points, 10 assists, six boards two steals and two blocks. He double-doubled twice more during the regular season -- once with 10 assists, once with 10 rebounds. Smart went on to start 16 of Boston's 17 playoff games, delivering 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 three-pointers over 38.1 minutes per contest. In Game 6 of the second round against Toronto, Smart posted his first career postseason triple-double -- racking up 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists on Aug. 9. He added another double-double in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Miami, collecting 10 points and 11 assists.2018
Smart had an unusual season from a statistical standpoint in 2018-19. He played in the most games of his career (80), starting a career-high 60 of those, yet he averaged fewer minutes than in either of the prior two seasons. As a result, despite Smart undergoing a major shooting renaissance with a 42.2 field-goal percentage and 36.4 percent three-point percentage -- both easily career highs -- he averaged 8.9 points per game, a four-year personal low, due to a relative lack of offensive opportunities. That said, Smart's superior defensive skills finally gained recognition after he finished third in the NBA with a career-high 143 steals (1.8 per game). That work ultimately got Smart named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Smart scored a season-high 21 points three times. In perhaps the best of those efforts, he added seven assists, five steals and two blocks in a Jan. 28 win over the Nets. He posted a double-double Nov. 9 against Utah, notching 13 points and 10 assists. With two games left in the regular season, Smart suffered a thumb injury that required surgery, forcing him to miss most of the playoffs. He returned for the Celtics' final two games of their second-round loss to the Bucks, averaging 1.5 steals despite playing low minutes off the bench.2017
Injuries derailed Smart's fourth season in the NBA, as he managed to play in only 54 games (11 starts). When healthy, the tenacious guard was again an effective defender (1.3 steals per game), a complementary scorer (10.2 points per game) and a growing distributor (4.8 assists per game, a new career high). Of course, the box score has never accurately portrayed Smart's value to the Celtics. Coach Brad Stevens has come to rely on Smart's ability to defend multiple positions while serving as the primary backup at point guard. On Nov. 27, Smart scored a season-high 23 points in a loss to the Pistons, adding six assists. In late January, Smart suffered a hand abrasion that forced him to miss 11 games. Then, on Mar. 16, he tore a ligament in his right thumb, causing him to miss the rest of the season and four playoff games. Upon his return, though, Smart received plenty of run in the playoffs filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving. In Game 2 of the Celtics' second-round series against Philadelphia, he posted 19 points; he also put up a pair of nine-assist games. All told, Smart averaged 9.8 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 15 playoff games (four starts).2016
Smart's third NBA season saw him crack a double-digit scoring average for the first time. He put up 10.6 points per game, accompanied by career-high averages in assists (4.6) and steals (1.6), along with 3.9 rebounds per contest. He ranked 12th in the NBA in total thefts with 125. Smart also shot a career-high 81.2 percent from the free-throw line, continuing his trend of improving on that front. Not coincidentally, 2016-17 was the healthiest season of Smart's career, as he appeared in 79 games (24 starts). The Oklahoma State product was the ultimate sixth man for Boston, backing up not only Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley in the backcourt, but also Jae Crowder at small forward. Smart double-doubled Nov. 11 against the Knicks with 12 points and 10 assists. Smart notched a season-high 22 points against the Pelicans on Jan. 7, adding five boards, six assists, two steals and a block. On Feb. 15 against the Sixers, he had his biggest game of the year, racking up 21 points and a career-high eight steals along with five rebounds, five assists and a block. Smart appeared in all 18 Boston playoff games during which the Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals. For Game 3 in the ECF against the Cavaliers, he replaced an injured Thomas in the starting lineup. He responded with 27 points -- including 7-of-10 shooting from three-point range -- to help garner Boston's only win of that series.2015
Smart overcame injury to ultimately appear in 61 games in the 2015-16 season. His sophomore season in The Association got off to a bumpy start when he dislocated two fingers on his right hand during Summer League play. The Oklahoma State product then missed 21 games -- including 18 in a row from Nov. 22 to Dec. 27 -- while recovering from a lower-leg injury. However, Smart went on to play in the Celtics' final 52 contests. He provided more scoring (9.1 points per game) and rebounding (4.2 per game) than he had in his rookie season despite starting just 10 times in 61 games after making 38 starts in 2014-15. It helped that he improved his free-throw shooting significantly, upgrading his subpar 64.6 percent rate as a rookie to a more-than-respectable 77.7 percent this time around. Smart also remained a major asset on the defensive end, racking up 1.5 steals per game (good for 26th in the NBA) for the second straight season. On Jan. 15 against Portland, Smart racked up 10 points along with 11 rebounds and 11 assists (both career bests) for his first NBA triple-double. A month and a half later, he notched his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. He also set a new career high for single-game scoring with 26 points, reaching that mark in two separate games.2014
After being selected sixth in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma State, Smart played a significant role for the Celtics as a rookie. He appeared in 67 games, starting 38 times and averaging 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.0 minutes. Smart made an instant impact on the defensive end in particular, recording four steals in his NBA debut Oct. 29 against Brooklyn. He went on to record 27 multi-steal games, nabbing a season-high five on two occasions. Smart also contributed 23 games with double-digit points, clearing the 20-point plateau on two occasions. In his biggest game of the year, Mar. 18 against the Thunder, Smart stuffed the stat line with a season-high 25 points along with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Though his 36.7 field-goal percentage left room for improvement, Smart shot 33.5 percent from three-point range while averaging 1.4 threes per game. He was named Rookie of the Month in February and ultimately made the All-Rookie Second Team. Come playoff time, Smart started three of the Celtics' four games in their first-round loss to Cleveland, averaging 9.8 points on much-improved 48.3 percent shooting across 22.5 minutes per game.