For the first time since 1996, the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year is shorter than 6-foot-7.
Marcus Smart, who played two seasons at Oklahoma State, was awarded the honor Monday. Smart, listed at 6-4, is in his eighth season with the Boston Celtics after the franchise took him with the No. 6 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Smart made 71 regular season starts for Boston this season. He had 119 steals in the regular season, which tied for sixth in the league. He had 19 games this season with at least three steals, including a pair of five-steal games. That all came while Smart averaged 12.1 points, 5.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds during the regular season.