Smart named to USA Men's Select Team

Smart named to USA Men's Select Team
July 22, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Marcus Smart is going to get another taste of NBA action before he steps on the TD Garden parquet floor.

With the Celtics' Orlando Summer League in the books, Smart will get a chance to play alongside and against much better talent, as he's been selected for the 2014 USA Men's Select Team along with 12 others.

Smart is one of only two rookies selected to the team, along with fellow rookie Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls).

Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets) make up the rest of the team.

"USA Basketball's Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game's brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. "Again this summer, as was done in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the members of the USA Select Team will play an important role in helping prepare the USA National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup."

Smart didn't have a very efficient Orlando Summer League, shooting just 29.4-percent from the field. He did, however, average 14.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and a 2.0 steals. He also looked to improve as the games progressed.

There really are no negatives whatsoever to Smart playing for the Select Team. He'll get invaluable experience at a young age playing at the highest of levels. And hey, if things really work out for him he could one day be playing on the USA National Team.

"Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball's National Team program in the future," said Colangelo. "In the past, current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team."