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Marcus Smart Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

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Marcus Smart was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February, as the rookie guard helped the Celtics to their first winning month since Brad Stevens became head coach. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Marcus Smart was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month during February.

The 6-foot-4 point guard was inserted into the starting five on February 3rd and helped lead the Celtics to the first winning month (7-4) of Brad Stevens’ tenure in Boston.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft led all Eastern Conference rookies in the month by averaging 32.6 minutes per game. He finished third among rookies in points (9.8 ppg), assists (4.3 apg), and steals (1.64 spg) in February, while also tallying 4.5 rebounds per game.

Here are a few of Smart’s top game performances for the month, via the NBA.

Feb. 1 vs. Miami: Dished out a career-high nine assists and had only one turnover in an 83-75 loss to the Heat.

Feb. 4 vs. Denver: Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and added four points, eight assists and three steals in a 104-100 victory over the Nuggets.

Feb. 20 @ Sacramento: Scored 16 points and contributed five rebounds and a career-high five steals in a 109-101 loss to the Kings.

Smart is the second Celtic player to earn league honors this week. Teammate Isaiah Thomas was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

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