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End of guards, forwards and centers

Versatile players on the rise, which has led to elimination of traditional positions

Updated: October 10, 2013, 1:41 PM ET
By Myron Medcalf | ESPN.com

For years, they've tried to find a box for him. But they've all felt as snug as a shrunken sweater to Marcus Smart.

Smart prefers -- needs -- more freedom than any position truly allots.

The freedom to be a point guard, if that's what you must call him. The freedom to roll off picks and slash. The freedom to freestyle on fast breaks. The freedom to put his back to the basket and exploit smaller guards in the lane.

"It's kind of weird when people say I'm a point guard," ...

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