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The Boston Celtics are 17-13 this season with their 2014 first round pick, Marcus Smart, missing 21 of the team’s first 30 games. Of the nine games that he’s played, Smart has started in eight of them. On the year, he is averaging 9.8 PPG, with 3.8 RPG, and 3.2 APG. Those numbers might not jump off the page for a starting point guard in the NBA, but Smart’s impact is felt through much more than the numbers might suggest. Smart’s instincts and defense are what makes him such an impactful player. The question is however, when he returns from injury, will he get his starting role back.

Isaiah Thomas has played at an All-Star level this season and looks very comfortable as the starter for the team. Given that Smart has been out for almost three weeks, the best choice might be to have Smart come off the bench until he gets comfortable in the game again. At that point the team will need to make a decision. After the team acquired Thomas last season, he came off the bench and was great. In 21 games he averaged 19.0 PPG and 5.4 APG in 26 minutes per contest. To start the season, Thomas came off the bench and was again very good, but when Smart got injured, Thomas came in and has played at a very high level.

Thomas’s ability to create for others and get to the rim are great skills that need to be displayed as much as possible. That is why I believe that Thomas should stay in the starting lineup. Although the team invested a high pick in Smart, Thomas has been such a great asset that he should stay where he is and Smart should come off the bench.

The Celtics have been up and down this season, but one of the constants on the team has been the play of Thomas. He is, in my opinion, the team’s best player and I believe that Smart’s great all around play would do well in any role that the team gives him.

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Colby Gatz covers the Boston Celtics for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15

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