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Smart top defender in NBA's rookie survey

8/6/2014

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart tied for first place in voting for best rookie defender in the league's annual Rookie Survey.

Smart tied with Philadelphia's K.J. McDaniels while earning 13.5 percent of the vote among the 38 first-year players surveyed Sunday at the rookie photo shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Smart was voted second funniest (behind only Twitter darling Joel Embiid) and third best playmaker (behind Phoenix's Tyler Ennis and San Antonio's Kyle Anderson). Smart also received votes -- but did not finish in top 6 -- in a question asking who would win Rookie of the Year.

James Young, Boston's other first-round pick, tied for fifth place in voting for "most overlooked" rookie.

[Read the Rookie Survey on NBA.com]