Marcus Smart named Rookie of the Month

BOSTON -- Celtics guard Marcus Smart was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February.

Smart averaged 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game last month. Elevated back to the starting lineup, Smart averaged 32.6 minutes per game, which was a conference-high among rookies. The Celtics went 7-4 in 11 games.

Some highlights from Smart's month via the NBA:

Feb. 1 vs. Miami: Dished out a career-high nine assists and had only one turnover in an 83-75 loss to the Heat.

Feb. 4 vs. Denver: Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and added four points, eight assists and three steals in a 104-100 victory over the Nuggets.

Feb. 20 @ Sacramento: Scored 16 points and contributed five rebounds and a career-high five steals in a 109-101 loss to the Kings.

The Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins won the award for the Western Conference.