Peers Vote Marcus Smart Best Rookie Defender

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Celtics rookie Marcus Smart was voted best defender among rookies by his fellow first-year players, according to an NBA.com survey.

Smart tied with Philadelphia’s K.J. McDaniels with 13.5 percent of the vote, besting fellow guards Gary Harris and Elfrid Payton.

Smart also received votes in the “Who will be rookie of the year?” category. He finished third (13.5 percent) in “Best playmaker”, and second in “Funniest”.

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