April 9, 2019, 11:15 pmMarcus SmartG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (left oblique contusion) missed his second game of the season in Tuesday’s finale, finishing the year with averages of 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on .422 from the field.
The steals, 3-pointers and field goal percentage were all career-highs by considerable margins – this was the first year that Smart ever shot north of 40 percent – and they carried him to a top-90 finish despite decreases in scoring, assists and rebounds. His only other absence this year was for illness, and that unexpected durability (he had topped 67 games just once before) carried him to a top-50/55 finish in 8/9-cat leagues in terms of total value. If Smart can continue to improve his shot, we’ll be looking at a solid fantasy player that will come at a deep discount in fantasy drafts.