Former Oklahoma State standout Marcus Smart was officially debuted as a member of the Boston Celtics on Monday.
Smart’s patented number 33 is hanging in the rafters of the TD Bankworth Garden because of Hall of Fame Forward Larry Bird. Smart won’t be able to wear his high school number of 3 either. The late Dennis Johnson wore the number for the Celtics and is retired as well.
In fact, there aren’t a whole lot of numbers to choose from. 21 different numbers are retired by the Celtics.
So Smart went with the most creative number he could. 36.
Smart still wanted the number 3 as his number, so he added the number 6 next to it since he was the sixth pick in the NBA Draft.
Other distinguished Celtics to wear number 36 are Rasheed Wallace and Shaquille O’Neal.
Among the topics discussed in Smart’s presser weren’t just how he’d fit in on the team, but with the guards in general.
Smart is now competing with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley for minutes in the rotation. However, he feels he can play with both players on the floor.
Smart said his biggest goal coming in is to fit in wherever he can and to help Boston win games.