Marcus Smart
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The Boston Celtics combo guard Marcus Smart has been named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced Monday.

It’s the first DPOY award for Smart, who is the first guard to take home the honor since Gary Payton in the 1995-96 season.

Marcus Smart reacts to becoming the first guard to win the award since Gary Payton: “Us guards, we’ve been working. We’re the front line, you gotta get past us first.”