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    Marcus Smart, Celtics Agree on 4-Year $52 Million Contract

    Marcus Smart isn't going anywhere. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Smart and the Boston Celtics agreed to terms on a new four-year, $52 million contract.

    The sixth pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the 24-year-old has spent the past four seasons establishing himself as one of the NBA's most tenacious and relentless on-ball defenders.

    While he's lagged behind as a scorer, averaging 9.4 points per game on 36.0 percent shooting from the field, he's compensated for those woes by becoming opposing ball-handlers' worst nightmare.

    Not only has Smart averaged 1.5 steals a game dating back to his rookie season, but he's racked up 9.8 defensive win shares with no fewer than 2.2 in a given season. According to, he is one of 11 guards with at least 9.5 defensive win shares during that span.

    Plus, the Celtics posted a stellar 99.4 defensive rating with Smart on the floor last season compared to a mark of 103.0 whenever he moved to the bench, according to's lineup data.