We almost left Smart off because his intangibles are whispered among the Boston faithful with the same reverence as Larry Bird Budweiser anecdotes and Kevin McHale’s up-and-under move. Smart’s so lionized for what he brings to the team outside of a box score, that to call him unappreciated would be borderline dishonest. After a while, Shamrock-clad fans spoiled by their NFL team tweet so much about what he does for the team, he’s no longer unappreciated.

But Smart has improved the one area of his game that pigeonholed him since he came out of Oklahoma State as a less-than-desirable prospect in this new age of the NBA: his shooting. If you can’t hit a jumper, particularly one behind the 3-point arc, you’re dead in the water in today’s game. This goes double for perimeter players like Smart. Except, after never shooting better than 33.5 percent in his first four seasons—including sub-30 percent postings in 2016 and 2017, Smart is right around league average, 35.9 percent, on a solid 4.4 3-point attempts per game. While Boston has struggled to defend at times this year, he’s also No. 1 in defensive real plus-minus (DRPM) among point guards.