Josh Smith F DET 7 Days
Smith scored 21 points (9-16 FG, 3-5 FT) with 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and five blocks in 38 minutes Saturday.
Smith also had seven turnovers, but head-to-head players continue to love the production J-Smoove is giving them this season. The five blocks and 13 rebounds were both season-highs and Smith is a player whose value varies greatly between head-to-head and rotisserie leagues. If you own him in rotisserie leagues, big night like this are a great tool in order to rid you of his hurtful percentages via trades.
Josh Smith F DET 8 Days
Smith had another poor shooting night, going 5-for-14 for 12 points Friday in a win over the Suns.
This was the ninth time that Smith shot under 40 percent in a game this season, and the third time this month. To make matters worse, Smith almost gave the game away late by missing two free-throws with under 30 seconds left in the game while the Suns only trailed by three. Smith did salvage his fantasy night by grabbing 11 rebounds, blocking two shots and recording two steals.
Josh Smith F DET 11 Days
Smith has held to just 21 minutes Friday in a loss to the Trail Blazers, scoring 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbing five rebounds.
Pistons' coach Stan Van Gundy used Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe as his big men down the stretch in what ended up being their 13th consecutive loss. Owners should get used to the fluctuating minutes, considering Van Gundy is likely to try to mix things up to produce more wins.
Josh Smith F DET 14 Days
Smith provided 23 points (9-18 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks in 48 minutes in the overtime loss to the 76ers on Saturday.
Smith continues to act as a point forward for the Pistons and has 7.4 assists (to go along with 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds) in his last five games. He hit 50 percent of his field goals for just the second time this season (and he has not made more than half of his shots).
Josh Smith F DET 18 Days
Smith put up 18 points (7-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 33 minutes in the Tuesday loss to the Lakers.
Smith had put up excellent numbers in his last five games (14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 2.2 steals, 2.0 blocks) and it may not be a coincidence that he has only attempted five 3-pointers (making two) in that time. He is hitting just 39 percent of his field goals, but the lack of threes indicates that coach Stan Van Gundy may be getting through to the mercurial forward.
Josh Smith F DET 19 Days
Smith has averaged 14.2 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, 1.6 steals and two blocks over the past five games.
This five-game stretch comes on the heals of Smith being benched for the fourth quarter of a loss to the Suns on Nov. 19. His shooting percentages (39.2 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent from the line) have remained abysmal during his current hot streak, but it's hard to argue with Smith's production in counting stats. The veteran forward remains a solid head-to-head and daily option while proving a more risky proposition for rotisserie leagues.
Josh Smith F DET 1 Month
Smith was benched for the final 16 minutes Wednesday's loss to the Suns, the Mlive.com reports. He finished the game with five points, four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes.
Smith had a "spirited verbal exchange" with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy when leaving the floor in the third quarter, and the veteran forward didn't find his way off the bench the rest of the night. Van Gundy stressed that he was just using the players that gave him the best chance to win in the fourth quarter, and Smith agreed that he was struggling to find his "offensive flow" on the night. While it doesn't appear that this outing from Smith spells long-term doom, owners will want to keep a close eye on the situation over the next couple of games to make sure he's not at odds with his coach.
Josh Smith F DET 1 Month
Smith scored a team-high 19 points (8-19 FG, 1-2 3P, 2-3 FT) with 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 39 minutes during Monday's loss to the Bulls.
He'd either scored in double digits or pulled down double digit rebounds in every game so far, but this was Smith's first actual double-double of the season.
Josh Smith F DET 1 Month
Smith made just five of his 14 shots Friday against the Bucks for 14 points.
Smith's poor shooting night comes a game after he went 2-for-17 from the floor versus the Knicks on Wednesday. However, Smith still played 36 minutes, so his playing time doesn't seem to be affected.
Josh Smith F DET 2 Months
Smith played 30 minutes in Thursday's loss to Minnesota, finishing with 10 points (5-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three turnovers.
After a decent season debut against the Nuggets on Wednesday, Smith reverted back to the disappointment he was for much of the 2013-14 campaign in Thursday's loss to Minnesota. While he has made a more concentrated effort to work his way into the post, Smith continues to settle for too many long jumpers. He's shooting just 36.8 percent (14-of-38) clip from the floor, including an 0-of-5 mark from downtown. Smith has four blocks through the first two games and there's little doubt his defensive production will wane, but he's a fundamentally flawed player on the offensive end of the court who will give his owners fits, especially in rotisserie leagues.