Josh Smith Is Not A Good Fit In Detroit

 Josh Smith Is Not A Good Fit In Detroit

Josh Smith will have a hard time at small-forward

Earlier in the week the Detroit Pistons signed Josh Smith to a four year 56 million dollar contract. By my estimations, Smith was one of the best free-agents, but the Pistons overpaid for a bad fit.

Josh Smith will either take invaluable playing time away from budding prospects Greg Monroe or Andre Drummond, or play at small-forward where court-spacing will be non-existent. Josh Smith is likely better than both of these players in the moment, but Drummond and Monroe are the Pistons future, and the Pistons do not have a very optimistic present. Greg Monroe can be a breakout player this year, and showed an emerging post game and has the physical characteristics to man the power-forward spot for years to come for the Pistons. Andre Drummond showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie season before going down with an injury, and will need more minutes to fully blossom. Both of these players are simply too good to be on the bench in favor of Smith, and the Pistons front office seems to realize that. According to reports, the Pistons are likely to start Smith at small-forward, allowing Monroe and Drummond to start.

Problem solved? Nope. The Pistons will not be able to get away with playing Josh Smith at small-forward. Smith is a true power-forward, and will be unable to keep up with quicker and more agile forwards. Another reason Smith will struggle to be a stretch-three. Even though Josh Smith loves to shoot threes, he shoot a horrid 30% from deep.

The Pistons are simply too tall for their own good. Greg Monroe, at 6’11, is being forced to play power-forward so that a 7’0 Andre Drummond can play center. Todays game has evolved too where power-forwards should be able to shoot, and many are including Kevin Love and Ryan Anderson. Greg Monroe can get away without having even a mid-range jumper, but the Pistons would need a small-forward to compensate. With Josh Smith, they are in turn getting an inconsistent shooter with a questionable shot-selection.

On top of this, the Pistons massively overpaid to get “Smoove.” Although overpaying for free-agents is necessary in a smaller market like Detroit, paying Josh Smith 14 million a year is blasphemy. The Pistons will be strapped for cash in the foreseeable future, and will have a hard time finding more stars via free-agency.

Taylor Jones

(Kings of the NBA Journalist)

Twitter: @Sports_Jones

 Josh Smith Is Not A Good Fit In Detroit

3 comments on “Josh Smith Is Not A Good Fit In Detroit”

  1. james spearman Reply

    I wouldn’t go as far as saying he’s the savior for detroit. However, there are benefits with having him. True, the nba is more small ball now. However, teams like indiana and san Antonio proved tht size still matters. Jsmoove shoots 30 percent frm the field: the result is dnt let him shoot the three. They may not be able to coexist as a three, but it can be done

    • Taylor Jones Reply

      The problem is, he doesn’t shoot well from deep but he likes to shoot from deep. Size does matter, but on San Antonio and Indiana they meshed better together and had better shooters than the Pistons do. Paul George was in the 3 point contest and we saw how good danny green and Gary Neal are in the Finals.

  2. Ian Reply

    I think if you’re only considering how he fits this year then you’re right; he’s a bad fit. I think you’re off-base saying Smith can’t play Small Forward because he can’t stay with quicker Small Forwards when he was statistically the best perimeter defender in basketball last season. He’s exceptional on defense guarding 3s and 4s. Smith’s real issue is he can’t play offense beyond 18 feet, making him a bad offensive Small Forward.

    However, I think this move was made with the future in mind. In my opinion, Joe Dumars made this move because he thought he would get Rondo. Maybe not now. Maybe it’s a year from now. Maybe it’s at the deadline. In my opinion, though, Dumars expects to move Monroe (Who has stated his hesitations to resign with Detroit) for Rondo at some point, making Josh Smith’s long-term fit as a Power Forward with Andre Drummond at Center.

    You can’t look at how it’ll work next year… You’ve got to look ahead. This wasn’t a win-now move.

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