Celtics choose G Smart with 6th pick of NBA draft

The rebuilding Boston Celtics have drafted guard Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State with the sixth pick of the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Smart averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a sophomore last season. He can play both guard positions and could team up with point guard Rajon Rondo or make Rondo expendable in a trade. Rondo's contract expires after the upcoming season.

The Celtics also have the 17th pick in the first round but none in the second.

Smart plays with a competitiveness and physical nature that NBA coaches covet. He's a solid defender but needs work on his offensive game.

The Celtics are continuing to rebuild after going 25-57, the third-worst record in club history, in their first season under coach Brad Stevens.

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