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 shared his thoughts on what winning DPOY means to him after focusing so much of his career on improving on the defensive end of the court:

“It means that there’s more than one way to impact the game.”