As happy as the Celtics are to have Marcus Smart playing for them, the feeling is mutual.
"This is exciting," the Oklahoma State point guard said in New York after being chosen by the Celtics with the sixth overall pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. "Boston is a great organization, a lot of tradition. They work hard, and they pride themselves off the green and white. It's an amazing feeling to play for a wonderful organization."
Wyc Grousbeck says the selection of Smart doesn't mean the Celtics are going to move Rajon Rondo. Smart's happy about that, because he looks forward to working with the veteran point guard.
"Rondo is a wonderful point guard, a wonderful player," said Smart. "Just being able to learn from a guy that's been in the league and been in my seat, my situation, it's just an amazing feeling and a great opportunity.
"You got to come in, you got to earn your spot and earn your keep. I like to earn things and I worked hard to get where 'm at. That's what I'm going to continue doing."
Making the jump from college to the NBA can be a big one, what does Smart feel he can add to his game at the next level?
"I've been working on my shot a little bit more to become a more consistent shooter," said Smart. "I just bring that competitive nature that Boston has already had, that toughness they already have. I'm just going to continue to bring it, and keep that fire going."