April 12, 2018, 12:08 amMarcus SmartPG/SG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (thumb) may be able to return before the second round of the postseason.
Smart's toughness and defensive prowess are critical with so many elite guards in Boston's path in the East but he could only play in 54 games in an injury-riddled campaign. He missed two October games with a sprained ankle but the big absences were 11 games after he cut his hand in his hotel room and the final 15 games of the year after tearing a thumb tendon. Smart actually tied a career-high by shooting .367 from the field, which should tell you all you need to know there. He was a top-140 per-game option in 8-cat but fell to top-190 in 9-cat thanks to 2.4 turnovers per game. He lost about four rounds of value in each on the full season and never took full advantage of all the injury problems in the Boston backcourt.