Josh Smith F DET 1 Day
Josh Smith had a rough night vs. Chicago, scoring just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists and five turnovers.
The Bulls packed the paint and made life difficult for Smoove, Andre Drummond (eight points) and Greg Monroe (eight points). Offensive droughts are part of the package with Smith, but he usually does just enough across the board that even his duds are tolerable for fantasy purposes.
Josh Smith F DET 8 Days
Josh Smith handed out five assists to go with 20 points, two boards, three blocks and three 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting against the Sixers on Sunday.
It's one of his better shooting games of the season and he made his three treys on just five attempts. Smith is taking just a shade under five attempts per game from beyond the arc and making under 30 percent of those, but 1.4 makes per game is a positive to his value. Despite J-Smoove having his ugly games here and there, he's having a nice season with averages of 14 points, seven boards, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks.
Josh Smith F DET 9 Days
Josh Smith grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds in a 106-102 loss to the Lakers on Friday to go with eight points, eight assists, five steals and two blocks in 44 minutes.
He shot 4-of-16 from the field, missed all four attempts from the line and turned the ball over five times, so it wasn't all good for J-Smoove. He's been very good in the accounting stat, entering tonight with averages of 14.1 points, 6.5 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.3 triples, but his 40 percent from the field and 52 percent from the line hurt his overall fantasy value in standard leagues.
Josh Smith F DET 15 Days
Josh Smith got his starting job back on Sunday and had 13 points, eight boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.
Smith came off the bench on Friday because of a missed practice and it would appear that coach Mo Cheeks has forgiven him. Taking his ugly season shooting numbers of 40 percent from the field and 61 percent from the line out of the equation, J-Smoove has been solid with averages of 14.7 points, 6.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.5 triples before today's effort.
Josh Smith F DET 16 Days
After benching Josh Smith for the start of Friday's game, coach Maurice Cheeks said Josh Smith will start in the future for Detroit.
Josh Smith skipped Friday's practice to remain home with his ill father, which resulted in his benching. Smith had easily his worst game of the season, going scoreless in 20 minutes of play. His poor play likely had more to do with his father's illness than any feud with Cheeks and J-Smoove should bounce back Sunday against the struggling Nets.
Josh Smith F DET 16 Days
Josh Smith came off the bench on Friday, failing to score in 20 minutes with seven boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks against the Hawks.
He missed a practice that was scheduled late, so coach Mo Cheeks decided to bring Smith off the bench. Al Horford said that Smith's father was ill, so this move to the bench seems to be temporary. The Pistons play the Nets on Sunday and J-Smoove should be back in the starting lineup for that road game.
Josh Smith F DET 17 Days
Josh Smith will come off the bench in Friday's game against the Hawks and Kyle Singler will start at small forward.
He didn't have a great game against the Hawks on Wednesday with just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting, so maybe that has something to do with coach Mo Cheeks' reasoning. Smith hasn't really been effective at small forward and is taking way too many 3-pointers and his new role tonight might get more chances to play closer to the basket at power forward. This news doesn't necessarily mean he's going to lose fantasy value. Kyle Singler isn't really worth an add in most formats either.
Josh Smith F DET 18 Days
Josh Smith returned to Atlanta for the first time since becoming a Piston and hit just 5-of-15 shots, missing all five of his 3-point attempts, and finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks.
Hawks fans were yelling "shoot it" every time Josh touched the ball and he answered the call more often than not. He's chucking a career-high 5.7 3-pointers per game, despite hitting just under 32 percent of them. We're still not sure why Mo Cheeks hasn't put the clamps on Smith's 3-point shooting, but it looks like he still has the green light to shoot as many as he wants to. And that's bad news for his field goal percentage, which currently sits at 43 percent, while he's also hitting just 62 percent of his free throws this season.
Josh Smith F DET 21 Days
Josh Smith followed up Friday's near 5x5 line with 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block vs. the Lakers on Sunday.
Smith drained 7-of-12 FGs, including 3-of-5 from downtown. That's a sweet-and-sour result for his fantasy owners -- while it's nice to see him filling up the 3-point category, his tendency to bomb away from the perimeter was a primary cause for his unexpected benching on Tuesday, not to mention his career-worst 42.1 percent shooting. Smoove is attempting a ridiculous 5.8 three-pointers per game this season, the 12th most of any player in the NBA, ahead of guys like Kevin Martin, Kyle Korver, J.J. Redick and Kevin Durant.
Josh Smith F DET 23 Days
Josh Smith got the message from his benching in Wednesday's game and finished with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting, two threes, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks on Friday against the Kings.
Smith missed the 5x5 line by one block and also turned in a semi-respectable 7-of-10 mark from the line. There are going to be some bumps along the way in a somewhat crowded situation in Detroit (Greg Monroe was odd man out tonight with eight points and four rebounds), Smith will settle in as a mid-round value with a bit of upside beyond that, as well.